Slowly but surely, we’re winning the war against the gay “cure”

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New York bans gay conversion,  protects trans people

In the state of New York bills to ban therapists and other mental health providers from engaging in gay conversion therapy with minors and prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression passed the state Assembly and Senate.

The bill makes it a an act of professional misconduct for mental health providers to engage in any practice that seeks to change the sexual orientation of any individual under the age of 18, including “efforts to change behaviours, gender identity or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings towards individuals of the same sex.” Read more about the the ban of gay conversion on minors here and about the new protections for trans people here.

The long war against a gay “cure”

For most of human history, homosexuality has been condemned on three grounds: that it is a sin, a crime, and a sickness. Despite the emergence in recent decades of gay-affirming scriptural exegeses, many major religious denominations continue to regard homosexual acts, if not the homosexual inclination itself, as immoral. As to the second rationalization, only in 2003, with the Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas, was gay sex decriminalized across the United States, thereby lifting the menace of legal sanction that had long shadowed gay lives. And thirty years earlier, a similar liberation had taken place when the stigma of mental illness was officially disassociated from same-sex attraction.

For this latter advance in human understanding, we largely have Frank Kameny to thank. A Harvard-trained astronomer fired from his job in the Army Map Service in 1957 because of his sexual orientation, Kameny was the first person to challenge the federal government over its anti-gay discrimination policies. Understanding that the rationale for barring highly qualified homosexuals like him from public service rested not only upon the McCarthyite claim that they were liable to subversion, but also that they were mentally unfit, he took it upon himself to change the scientific consensus. Kameny’s most consequential insight as an activist was that it was not the homosexual who is sick, but rather the society that deems him so.

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The Closet

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An old man recalls the moment that defined his life, in which his innocent friendship with a neighbouring boy is crushed by the boy’s angry father. But maybe now the world is a gentler place.

Millimeterle

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X jumps first. Down in the water, he’s not allowed to change position. The goal for Y and Z is to jump as close as possible to X. The one who jumps closest to X wins the game.

Measuring their power and proving themselves is part of the boys’ everyday life. Even for the 13-year old gentle-natured Yannik. Until his best friend’s upcoming sexual curiosity suddenly puts him in a threatening situation. Where is the line between game and reality and what happens if that line is crossed?

Hey, there’s something I’d like to share with you…

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I was assigned male at birth. I thought about this very little early in my life. I kinda always knew that I would rather be a girl if I could be but it was one of those things, you know? We all would be happy to be this or that but we still deal with what life threw at us instead.

Over the last few years, and especially recent months though I began to realise that not having body dysphoria about my gender doesn’t mean I’m not trans. Or somewhere on that spectrum at least.

I thought a lot about this for quite a while now and the more I did the more I realised how much happier and comfortable with myself I would be if I’d allow myself to not consider myself male.

I always thought being trans means you have to struggle with the body you were born in but after talking to trans friends I learnt that this is not necessarily the case. What I know is that seeing myself as not male makes me happy, comfortable and more confident than I ever was, it feels right. People using female pronouns for me feels super right.

I know most people won’t “read” me as female for obvious reasons (voice, face, body etc) but that’s ok and at least parts of that I can work towards and after a lot of consideration I decided that I’d like to do just that.

If you know me at all, you know that I’m not exactly swimming in money to say the least so if you feel like helping me out I’d forever appreciate it <3 There are some things that I will likely have to pay for myself (voice coaching, some cosmetic/medical things etc.) and some that I will probably have to pay upfront for. Bureaucratic stuff like changing my name for example. I go by Emilie now by the way ;)

click here if you want to help me out <3

 

If you donate and aren’t a juiceboys subscriber yet, I’ll get you an account of course as a little thank you. Thank you so much everyone!

Emilie

My 13

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Jonathan is in love with Julie. Unable to gather the courage to speak to Julie, Jonathan formulates a plan to steal her diary, which he believes would reveal to him the way to impress his crush. The plan includes befriending Julie’s brother Charles who is Jonathan’s classmate. Thanks to Charles, Jonathan gets an invitation to a party at their house.

During the party, Jonathan manages to steal the diary, excuses himself and heads home to read it. On one of the pages of the diary, he finds a drawn heart and the name …Jonathan. He is overjoyed until he realises what’s really going on…

The short is in French but pretty easy to follow. If you want to watch it with subtitles (English, German, Spanish or Portuguese) you can do that here.

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