The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld California's first-in-the-nation ban on sexual orientation change therapy for minors.
A three judge panel for the appellate court ruled Thursday that SB 1172, which was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last year, was not a violation of professional rights. "California has authority to prohibit licensed mental health providers from administering therapies that the legislature has deemed harmful," ruled the panel unanimously.
"Fundamental rights of parents do not include the right to choose a specific type of provider for a specific medical or mental health treatment that the state has reasonably deemed harmful." more >>
The Christian-based organization Salvation Army will soon be sending its troops to an unlikely place: a sexuality expo in South Africa. Members will attend the event next month as a way of being a representative of the "Christian understanding of sexuality," say officials with the group.
Carin Holmes, spokeswoman for the Salvation Army, said in a statement that the Salvation Army's presence is planned to be a show of availability, not one of judgment.
"If Jesus Christ was on earth today, he would be standing beside us at Sexpo," said Holmes, who is part of The Salvation Army's Southern Africa Territory. "We're not going there to condemn anyone. We aren't going to lecture people…We're going there to be available." more >>
The creator of the successful adult entertainment video enterprise "Girls Gone Wild" has been sentenced to 270 days in jail for assault and false imprisonment.
Joe Francis, founder of the "Girls Gone Wild" video empire, will also have 36 months of probation and must attend an anger management course as well as one year of psychological counseling. In total, according to NBC News, Francis was found guilty of three counts of false imprisonment, one count assault causing bodily injury, and one count of dissuading a witness.
Through the trial, Francis maintained that he was not guilty and according to Maria Elena Fernandez of NBC News, intends to appeal the decision. more >>
A conservative legal group has argued that New Jersey's recently passed ban on sexual orientation change therapy for minors attacks their "right to self-determination."
The lawsuit, filed by the Liberty Counsel last Thursday, argues that the newly signed law A-3371 interferes with the rights of both therapy providers and their potential clients.
"A3371 denies or severely impairs Plaintiffs' clients and all minors their right to self-determination, their right to prioritize their religious and moral values, and their right to receive effective counseling consistent with those values," reads the lawsuit. more >>
Bradley Manning announced this week that he wants to be "Chelsea" and considered female. Manning has not had a court approved name or gender change, has had no hormone treatments, and still has all his man parts, so should a news organization call him a her? There is not a consistent answer to that question.
In a written statement Thursday, Manning said, "As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. ... I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility)."
ABC News, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, New York Magazine, and The New Yorker all began using feminine pronouns in reference to Manning. The Associated Press style guide also advises using the pronouns preferred by the individual, regardless of their gender. CBS News, CNN, National Public Radio, NBC News, The New York Times, Politico and The Washington Post chose not to follow these guidelines and continued to use masculine pronouns. more >>
Bradley Manning, the former U.S. Army private found guilty of espionage and other charges in the 2010 WikiLeaks scandal, announced Thursday that he now identifies as a woman, and will begin hormone therapy so that he can fully become a transgender female.
"I am Chelsea Manning. I am female," Manning said in a statement read by his attorney on NBC's "Today" show Thursday morning. "Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition."
"I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun [except in official mail to the confinement facility]," Manning added in his statement, which has also been posted on the NBC website. "I look forward to receiving letters from supporters and having the opportunity to write back." Manning signed the letter "Chelsea Manning." more >>