U.S Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney addressed the ‘State Department’s Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom’ during which he expressed disgust that “U.S. taxpayer dollars are used to discourage Christian values in other democratic countries”. Mulvaney pledged to end the Obama era practice of using aid to force foreign nations to support homosexuality and abortion. Despite Mulvaney citing laws that protect unborn babies and reject same-sex “marriage”, numerous LGBT websites insist that he was defending the execution and imprisonment of homosexual people. However, The New York Times reported in 2015 that President Obama’s Administration which put pressure on foreign nations to promote homosexuality, actually provoked defensiveness and was responsible for harsher laws than would otherwise have been enacted.
A new survey shows how public opinion significantly rose in support of business owners’ rights to refuse participation in same-sex weddings. 46% of Americans believe that bakers, florists, caterers, photographers and venue hosts should be allowed to refuse service and not be forced. The pro-homosexual group GLAAD, known for sharing LGBT stories in the media to promote acceptance, has actually found a decline in support while social conservatives say the decline is a result of LGBT groups infringing on the religious, conscience and privacy rights of those who disagree with them. Reduced support is the latest sign of a backlash against the overreach of LGBT activists.
Pro-family group Mass Resistance (MR) successfully stopped a radical LGBT bill, proposed for the third time, which would have banned therapy for children struggling with sexual orientation and gender identity issues. MR activists pounded the senate in July with multiple phone calls, emails, office visits and personal hand-outs describing how homosexual and transgender behaviour in children is often a result of early trauma such as molestation or rape, exposure to pornography or psychological issues with a parent. Victimized youth can become suicidal if they don’t get help and skilled professionals can help them work out these issues. MR described people they know whose lives were changed through reparative therapy.
Professor John McAdams from Wisconsin was fired by Marquette University for blogging about an undergraduate student being attacked by his teacher for voicing his defence of marriage. The teacher had told the student his opinion was offensive and homophobic and would not be tolerated. McAdams defended the student by criticizing the idea of a college instructor restraining the speech of a student based upon a point of view. The case went to the Wisconsin Supreme Court in 2014 and Professor McAdams won the case this year. The court documents decided that the University breached its contract with McAdams when it suspended him for engaging in activity protected by the contract's guarantee of academic freedom.
Maine Governor Paul LePage defied pressure from pro-homosexual politicians and activists by rejecting Bill LD 912 that sought to forbid therapists from helping minors overcome same-sex attractions through change therapy. The Bill threatened to suspend or revoke the licenses of medical professionals, school guidance counsellors or school psychologists. LePage called the bill a “bad public policy” that potentially threatened religious liberty. Reparative therapy is intensely controversial in large part because it challenges the notion that sexual attraction is biologically rooted and unchangeable, with detractors characterizing it as discredited “junk science.” But many former homosexuals have attested that they benefited from the treatment.
In California, more than 350 people including over 30 former homosexual and transgender persons are fighting to keep reparative therapy legal for persons struggling with same-sex desires. A bill proposal seeks to ban counselling and advertising aimed at helping such individuals. The late Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, a licensed clinical psychologist who ran the largest reparative therapy clinic in the world said that his clinic used evidence-based treatment interventions. These are the same interventions used by other clinics throughout the world to treat trauma and sexual addictions. “Thirty years of science has shown us that sexuality is fluid and can change for many people,” said Nicolosi. Any person seeking help with unwanted same-sex desires should not have their first amendment right violated.
Josh deHaas a homosexual columnist, wrote in a column titled “I’m gay, and I wouldn’t blame Doug Ford for avoiding Toronto’s Pride Parade,” as to why he and other LGBT persons boycotted the recent Pride Parade. He explains how disturbing it is seeing parents bring their children to these parades and exposing them to adult male nudity and simulated sex acts. Canada’s homosexual lobby has in recent years demanded that taxpayers fund pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), an expensive HIV medication that men take to reduce their risk of catching HIV during condomless sex. Experts are now linking PrEP to a rise in drug-resistant gonorrhoea. For many homosexual men PrEP is nothing more than an aid to promiscuity writes deHaas.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has decided to remove transgenderism from the mental health classification and instead places it under sexual health conditions. Playing video games is now a mental disorder and much worse than cutting off healthy body parts in an attempt to imitate the opposite sex. The WHO clearly ignores the multitude of surveys conducted worldwide since 2001 which claims otherwise, for example, that transgender individuals experience much higher rates of mental health issues than the rest of the general public and that 41% tried to kill themselves at some point in their lives compared to 4.6% of the general public, USA Today reported.
47 non-profit organizations leaders are banding together for a potential defamation lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Centre (SPLC) - an LGBT organisation responsible for maligning, defaming and otherwise harming by falsely describing anyone they disagree with as “haters”, “bigots” and/or other groundless epithets. The leaders of these nonprofits expressed in a joint statement how journalists and media outlets uncritically repeat SPLC’s misrepresentations and defamation to their audiences and are asking them to dissociate themselves from SPLC which continues to misrepresent groups that are verified working to protect the freedoms of American citizens. At least 60 organizations are considering legal action against the SPLC.
The Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favour of Jack Phillips, baker and owner of Masterpiece Cake shop, who refused to bake a cake in celebration of a homosexual union. Mr. Phillips said forcing him to do so would violate his First Amendment Right to freedom of speech and religion. The Trump administration intervened in the case on Phillips' behalf and Attorney General Jeff Sessions said, "The First Amendment prohibits governments from discriminating against citizens on the basis of religious beliefs. The Supreme Court rightly concluded that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission failed to show tolerance and respect for Mr. Phillips' religious beliefs”. These disputes, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote, "Must be resolved with tolerance, without undue disrespect to sincere religious beliefs and without subjecting gay persons to indignities when they seek goods and services in an open market."
The Supreme Court of Italy has ruled that Italians who marry their same-sex partners abroad cannot have their marriage recognized in Italy as such; instead they must register their partnership as a civil union. An Italian-Brazilian couple argued that the move constituted discriminatory "downgrading" of their relationship status. However, the Supreme Court ruled that civil unions provide most of the same legal protections as marriages and therefore could not be considered discrimination. The judges stated in the ruling that Italy may legitimately use its legislative discretion to exclude same-sex couples from marriage so long as a valid alternative is available to them.
The President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, has blocked a bill that sought to lower the minimum age for a person to change their gender from 18-16 years-old and that would no longer request a transgender person to undergo medical exams. The president argued that in some cases medical tests should remain a requirement, especially for citizens under 18 years of age. According to the BBC persons 16 and younger who do not have the cognitive maturity to marry, drink, or drive shouldn't be able to make a decision with such definite and serious consequences. The President said it would be sensible to first receive a doctor’s opinion when a minor wanted to undergo surgery.
A spa in Ontario is being sued by a man who is a transgender ‘female’ who wanted his genitals waxed. The man became enraged when a Muslim female employee refused to do so because of religious convictions. The manager of the spa said that anyone is welcome and that staff members are available to wax male genital areas, but he also respects the female staff members who do not feel comfortable with being so close to a man. The Federalist’s Kaeley Haver opposes the irrational behaviour of the transgender ‘female’ and expressed on twitter that any man who believes it is okay to force a woman into doing what she feels uncomfortable with is promoting a rape culture.
In Texas, parents and citizens fought a long battle over LGBT books on display in a public library. Parents and citizens argued that if Temple library wanted to promote “gay pride” then they must tell the whole story and also include books like The Health Hazards of Homosexuality. The library board did not want to cooperate at first but eventually was forced to as parents did not take no for an answer. The new policy is very vague but a victory nonetheless. It was also discovered that a well-funded national group with ties to the pornography industry sought to “advise” the library board on behalf of LGBT issues. Parents won this round but the fight is far from over.
A proposal has been put forth to schools that they inform parents when their children have joined Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) groups at school; critics say that the child’s freedom is at stake and every child should have the right to privacy so long there’s no threat to public safety. According to GLMA (Health Professionals Advance LGBT equality), in a report called “Ten things Gay men should discuss with their Health Care Provider”, it lists many common issues that the LGBT community are prone to, including STI’s, anxiety and depression. Three more reports on lesbians and transgender persons also exist – why should parents not be informed as reports like these are hardly mentioned?
At the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in the UK Alhaji Shettima Yerima, the President of Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF), has affirmed that “it is totally impossible” for homosexuality to become acceptable as a way of Life in Nigeria. British Prime Minister Theresa May was urging Nigeria’s president and other leaders to accept homosexuality. For any country to accept a lifestyle that is medically proven to be harmful is not being kind to homosexual persons. It is not solving the rising STI’s or numerous mental health issues that so often affect the LGBT community. Ghana, Kenya and now Nigeria along with Israel, reject placing emphasis on homosexuality.
The PSD ruling party leadership of Romania decided to stage a major rally in May to support the traditional family. Also that Romania should hold a referendum aiming to redefine the family in the constitution. At present the Constitution states the family is formed through the “consenting marriage between spouses”. In the amended version the article would state that the marriage is between a male and a female. This change has been backed by 3 million signatures and would block any attempt to legalize gay marriage. For same sex couples, the ruling party proposed the legalization of the civil partnership. In late March the Chamber of Deputies approved the amendments to the Constitution.
Parents from the USA, UK and Australia are protesting the new sex education curriculum that aggressively promotes abortion and homosexuality with graphic depictions of a sexual and explicit nature. The event called Sex Ed Sit Out is demonstrating the outrage of parents over what Planned Parenthood and pro-LGBT advocates are teaching the children. Among the many things mentioned in this article, learners are told of a sexual health toolkit that offers children tips on using sex toys and anal lubricant. “What if you don’t have time or money to buy sex toys?” the guide asks on page C-51. “Cucumbers, carrots, and bananas (with the peel) make great dildos. Just remember to use a condom!”
In Lagos State, Nigeria, a man infected with HIV by his boyfriend protested against his boyfriend wanting to sleep with another man and infect him too. The argument quickly broke out into a fight that had neighbours calling the police for help. Inter-partner violence is a common occurrence in the homosexual community. In the Journal of Human Sexuality (volume 1) of 2009 on page 87, studies reviewed and derived from hundreds of sources by the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuals (NARTH), reveal that despite homosexuals knowing the risks, they repeatedly and pathologically continue to indulge in unsafe sex practices. Homosexuals have the highest number of STI cases and many homosexual sex practices are medically dangerous, with or without protection. Homosexual relationships in comparison to heterosexual relationships are far more violent and frequent and more than one third of homosexual men and women are substance abusers.
In Washington the first ever Ex-LGBT Freedom March will be hosted by an Organisation called Voice of the Voiceless which supports and advocates for individuals that have left the homosexual lifestyle. Attendees from around the country will attend and share their journey of life before and after homosexuality. The movement of so many individuals debunks the claims from LGBT advocates and medical organisations (that have abandoned science and research integrity) which have said homosexuality is “unchangeable”.
Michael K. Laidlaw, MD is a board-certified physician in Rocklin, California specializing in endocrinology who reviewed the book for children called “I am Jazz” by Jazz Jennings about an adolescent being “diagnosed” as transgender. Dr. Laidlaw expresses concerns from a medical point of view that this book makes false claims that are scientifically incorrect and fails to mention the “multitude of health risks, potential infertility and sexual dysfunction associated with the hormonal and surgical treatment of gender dysphoria. “I could not in good conscience recommend these treatments to any child or adolescent.” Harm has already occurred at Rocklin Academy in a kindergarten class where the book was read as a number in the class were emotionally harmed.
Indonesia has taken major steps to crack down on human trafficking and pornography. The Ministry of Communications and Informatics have shut down and blocked many LGBT dating apps because they discovered that under-aged boys were being sold for sex. The Ministry also blocks other websites that host pornographic material and fake news sites. Homosexuality is not illegal in the country but legislation is moving to restrict the communities’ rights and activities and also to ban propaganda.
Defence Secretary Jim Mattis reported on the study and findings of the Defense Department which found transgender persons to be a risk to military effectiveness and could undermine readiness, disrupt unit cohesion and impose an unreasonable burden on the military. The new policy issued by President Trump will enable the military to apply a well-established mental and physical health standard and would disqualify transgender persons from serving in the military except if they are already in ranks or if they show for a period of 36 months that they no longer suffer from the psychological condition. Those that do not seek to transition with surgery can serve but as the sex they were assigned at birth.
The BBC show 'Daily Politics interviewed Melanie Phillips, a British Journalist, author, public commentator and LGBT rights activist on the issue of transgenderism. Phillips raised concerns on the 2020 proposal for the census whereby a third gender called ‘other’ offends transgender people. She said if any more gender options are added the census will no longer be a reliable principal source of statistics on the men and women in the country and this will hinder planning for services. Phillips explains that the transphobic label is being used as a weapon with an intolerant set of attitudes masquerading as compassion.
A new ‘trend’ called ‘trans-species’ has people believing they can live as animals and ‘trans-aging’ has people believing it is normal for a 52-year-old man to live as a six-year-old girl. We are also witnessing a push by paedophiles to normalise their sexual attraction to young children. All these ‘trends’ are considered, in psychology, to be atypical and extreme conditions that are harmful. This is a classic example of how progressively worse things can get with no end in sight when we decide to move the goal posts of what is healthy and normal. As health care workers we should have compassion on such people but by no means encourage this behaviour.
An LGBT group in the UK has been urged to investigate allegations of connections to a paedophile ring after Matthew Sephton, 42, the former chairman of the group, was jailed and convicted at Manchester Crown Court for sharing the most horrendous child abuse images. Apparently the group was warned three years ago of suspicious activity within the gay rights group linking them to a wider paedophile scandal. It is alarming to see so many reports surfacing on the LGBT groups and the link to paedophile activity.
In a short video clip Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson challenges Zac Petkanas, a Democratic National Committee Senior Advisor on the issue of ‘gender-neutral’ bathrooms. Petkanas was adamant that you don’t need any other way to define you’re gender other than what you say it is. Carlson asked whether a scientific foundation exists for concluding that a man becomes a woman by saying he is now a woman and does he then get to play women’s sports because he says he is a woman. The thought that you can be ‘gender-neutral’ or one of 50 other gender options has never been attempted in human history and has confused and concerned many American people.
A Family Association group called ‘One Million Moms’ is protesting and driving a wide-spread awareness campaign, calling on families to resist the publication of pro-homosexual and pro-transgender books for children. The American College of Paediatricians warns “Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthy is child abuse”. Numerous studies, research and therapists confirm that the lifestyle is harmful on many levels and even more research exists that change is possible.
The new President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, said he would focus on repaying debts, embracing the international economy and modernizing infrastructure. However, the President shares Ghana’s views on homosexuality and said in an interview with CNN that it is not his duty to campaign for LGBT rights and that “In our constitution it is banned and it is my duty to obey my constitution.”
In November 2015 the state of Alberta passed Bill 24 which prohibits teachers from informing parents when their children have joined Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) at school and allows children to impersonate the opposite sex. Instead, this bill shuts parents out of their children’s life and has caused 14 year-old Jane to nearly commit suicide. Jane is happy to be what she was born to be – a girl. But peers insisted on calling her a boy’s name even after she said she was fine with being a girl. This confusion and stress lead to Jane’s parents to take her out of school for the sake of her progress and they are pleading with the state to quit driving a wedge between parents and their children.
Dr. Silvana De Mari is a specialist in psychotherapy, medicine and surgery and has taken care of homosexual persons for 40 years. Dr. De Mari declared that homosexuality is a health hazard and that sexually transmitted infections are skyrocketing among homosexuals. LGBT activists said Dr. De Mari defamed homosexuals by making these statements and demanded action against her but she was cleared of all accusations on the grounds that it is impossible to determine who would have suffered injury because of her broad statement. Dr. Silvana added “If the American Psychiatric Association can establish that homosexuality isn't a disorder of nature, they can very well establish that neither is pedophilia."
Bermuda wants to be the first country to re-ban same-sex ‘marriages’ after its House Assembly passed a bill to overrule an earlier court ruling that permitted the practice. A new proposed bill wants to give same-sex couples the same legal benefits heterosexual couples have but there is opposition and the bill has yet to be decided on by the Senate.
Ordinance 2017-47 is a new law aiming to ban change therapy for anyone seeking help with unwanted homosexual attractions. Liberty Counsel is a non-profit that will be challenging this ban together with Robert Vazzo and David Pickup, both licensed and marriage family therapists (LMFT) and their clients, on the basis that the ban violates the First Amendment and is unconstitutional since no person should not have to be forced to struggle with unwanted homosexual desires, if they want to change. Liberty Counsel filed suit in federal court against the city of Tampa, Florida in December last year.
The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association updated their publication this year in August called: “Ten things gay men should discuss with their health care provider”, that men who have sex with men (MSM) not only have an increased risk of HIV infection but also abuse substances at a higher rate, have higher rates of depression and anxiety, increased risk of hepatitis, STDs occur at a higher rate and includes STD infections for which no cure is available. MSM are more at risk for prostate, testicular and colon cancer. The Human Papilloma virus puts MSM at high risk for anal cancers and the rates of spreading this infection between partners are also very high.
A new report by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called ‘HIV among Gay and Bisexual Men’, reveals that men who have sex with men (MSM) make up only 4% of the entire U.S. population, but account for more than two-thirds of all new HIV infections which is more than 44 times that of other men. Many MSM are unaware of their status and unknowingly transmit the virus while other MSM give false information about their HIV status to their partner. The CDC also claims that social discrimination is a factor that contributes to the risky sexual behaviour of MSM. However, the Netherlands legalized homosexuality since 2001 and despite their liberal recognition for homosexuality, a 2015 report from the Netherlands shows that the health implications of MSM did not decrease but that some infections increased.
Dr. Michelle Cretella M.D. has been a paediatrician for over 20 years and in this video posted by the Daily Signal, she likens the transgender ideology to child abuse and explains that our sex is determined at conception by our DNA, stamped into every cell in our bodies. There are over 6,500 genetic differences between men and women, hormones and surgery cannot, and do not change this. Thoughts and feelings are not biologically hardwired; our thinking may be factually right or factually wrong. According to most mainstream medical organisations, if you want to cut off a healthy leg or an arm, you’re mentally ill, and therefore the same would be true if you want to cut off healthy breasts or a penis. Dr. Cretella had one boy patient who was between 3-5 years old when she referred his parents to a therapist because the boy would play with stereotypical girls’ toys and would call himself a girl. The therapist learned that when the boy was three, his sister with special needs was born and she required more care and attention from his parents. The child misperceived this as his parents love girls and if he wants them to love him, he must be a girl. With family therapy, the boy got better. Sometimes mental illness of the parent or abuse of the child are also factors that cause a child to feel confused, but Dr. Cretella feels very strongly that telling children the lie that they could be trapped in the wrong body is psychological abuse that leads to chemical castration and surgical mutilation of a healthy body, and this ultimately tells the child not to trust in the reality of their physical body.
Turkey’s capital city of Ankara joined Egypt, Indonesia and Russia in banning all homosexual events such as screenings, filming, exhibitions and parades. The governor of Ankara said LGBT events will provoke and cause animosity between different groups and endanger public health and morality and the rights and freedoms of others. Homosexuality is not a crime in Turkey and many LGBT associations are legally registered with the state.
A new study called ‘Sexual orientation and symptoms of common mental disorder or low wellbeing: combined meta-analysis of 12 UK population health surveys’, pooled data from a British Cohort Study 2012, Health Survey for England 2011, 2012 and 2013, Scottish Health Survey 2008 to 2013, Longitudinal Study of Young People in England 2009/10 and Understanding Society 2011/2012. In conclusion this study showed that despite the participants being mostly heterosexual 97.2 %, while 1.1 % are lesbian/gay and 0.9 % are bisexual and 0.8 % as ‘other, the homosexual groups experience a greater prevalence of poor mental health (anxiety or depression), substance abuse, suicidality and self-harm compared to heterosexuals, particularly younger and older homosexual adults. Population-based evidence of poorer mental health in homosexual people has been found in samples from the United States, Netherlands and England. The study also shows how sexual identity is necessary to be recorded when seeking psychological therapies to better help the minority group.
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