PETITION: Tell Congress to ban conversion therapy.

Via CREDO* Action (email):

Tell Congress: Being gay is not an illness. Ban conversion therapy now.

The petition to Congress reads:

“Being gay is not an illness. Pass the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017 to ban conversion therapy nationwide.”

Add your name: Sign the petition

Dear Iris,

Being gay is not an illness.

Leading medical and mental health experts describe so-called conversion therapy, which practitioners claim can force a change in a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation, as dangerous, ineffective and unnecessary.

Conversion therapy is based on the false and hateful lie that being LGBTQ is a defect or disorder that needs curing. It is rooted in anti-gay and anti-transgender bigotry and based on lies that have been disproven again and again.

Recently, the Supreme Court let California’s ban on conversion therapy for minors stand.1 Now progressive champion Rep. Ted Lieu, who pushed for the crucial protections in California, has reintroduced a bill to ban conversion therapy nationally by calling it what it is: fraud.

Tell Congress: Conversion therapy is fraud. Protect LGBTQ people by passing the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017. Click here to sign the petition.

Nearly every major medical, psychological, psychiatric, social work and professional counseling organization in the country has publicly discredited conversion therapy.2 The practice is based on hateful lies and uses controversial practices like “violent role play, reenactment of past abuses, and exercises involving nudity and intimate touching.”3 Multiple studies have found people who undergo conversion therapy to be at higher risk of depression, alienation from family, anxiety and suicide.4 Children forced to go through the therapy are at even higher risk.5

The Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act is simple, Rep. Lieu said.

“It says it is fraud if you treat someone for a condition that doesn’t exist and there’s no medical condition known as being gay. LGBTQ people were born perfect; there is nothing to treat them for. And by calling this what it should be, which is fraud, it would effectively shut down most of the organizations.”6

States like Oregon, Vermont and New Mexico have already banned the practice for minors.7 The practice is dangerous for anyone who is subjected to it. With the recent Supreme Court ruling, we have momentum on our side to build awareness of the dangers of this practice and political support to ban it. If we can help spread understanding of how dangerous and fraudulent conversion therapy is, we can undermine the credibility of the those who practice and promote it and keep LGBTQ people safe.

Tell Congress: Conversion therapy is fraud. Protect LGBTQ people by passing the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017. Click the link below to sign the petition:

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/conversion_therapy_fraud

Thank you for standing up for the LGBTQ community,

Tessa Levine, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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References:
1. Greg Stohr, “Gay-Conversion Therapy Ban Survives as Supreme Court Rejects Appeal,” Bloomberg, May 1, 2017.
2. The Southern Poverty Law Center, “Conversion Therapy,” accessed May 3, 2017.
3. Ibid.
4. National Center for Lesbian Rights, “#BornPerfect: The Facts About Conversion Therapy,” accessed May 3, 2017.
5. Ibid.
6. Amy B. Wang, “Supreme Court upholds California’s ban on gay ‘conversion therapy,” The Washington Post, May 2, 2017.
7. Movement Advancement Project, “Conversion Therapy Laws,” accessed May 3, 2017.

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PETITION: Urge DHS not to appoint David Clarke.

[CONTENT NOTE: state violence, brutality and death]

Apropos my post earlier today about state violence-supporting, authoritarian fascist douchebro David Clarke, here comes a timely petition (via Presente.org):

Dear Iris:

On Wednesday, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke told right wing radio he will resign to take a job in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under Donald Trump.1

Will you sign the petition and tell DHS Secretary John Kelly to not hire Sheriff Clarke?

Clarke’s resignation is great news for Milwaukee County, but if he really is being appointed to DHS, that’s terrible news for the country. That’s why we’re joining forces with our partners at Voces de la Frontera to stop Sheriff Clark and hold the DHS accountable.

Amazingly, DHS has not confirmed that they actually offered Clarke the job he claims. There’s still time to sign the petition urging DHS Secretary John Kelly to not appoint Sheriff Clarke to any position.

Click here to sign! Don’t forget to share it on social media!

Clarke is incompetent and corrupt. He has abused his power by attacking political opponents. He has enriched himself by acting as a media mouthpiece for white supremacists. He is unfit for any office and should face criminal charges for the deaths and human rights abuses at the Milwaukee County Jail.2

If Clarke is appointed to this position, his job would be to bully other local law enforcement nationwide into enrolling in the 287g program to deputize officers as Immigration agents, as he has tried to do in Milwaukee.3 That is unacceptable!

Click here to sign!

Thank you for all you do and ¡adelante!

– Matt, Favianna, Erick, Reetu, Oscar, Erica and the Presente.org team.

P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

Sources:
1.“Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke says he’s taking job in Department of Homeland Security.”Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. May 17, 2017.
2.“4 People, Including A Baby, Have Died In A Jail Run By Potential Trump Nominee Sheriff David Clarke.”Huffington Post. November 29, 2016.
3.Bice: Letter details Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke’s plan for immigration enforcement.”Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. March 16, 2017.

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