The APA symposium on homosexuality, therapy and religion has been cancelled

What a difference a day makes.The American Psychiatric Association program Homosexuality and Therapy: The Religious Dimension has been pulled by chair David Scasta. My understanding is that he was asked (by whom, I am still not clear) to pull the program because of increasing concerns about it. I am still hearing more about the reasons and hope to know something more clearly soon.Dr. Scasta did tell me that the APA's position is that the program was not pulled because gay activists were … [Read more...]

Day of Silence and Golden Rule Pledge on Appalachian State University

As a result of the Golden Rule Pledge effort, I have met some really great folks. I am only going to mention one with this post but there are many more. I hope to share their experiences at the new Golden Rule Pledge website soon. I did want to here share one very early report from JK, a student at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. JK was an early supporter of the Golden Rule Pledge and as you will see, used it as a springboard to mobilize Christian groups on her campus for outreach. … [Read more...]

T-shirt case decided: "Be happy, not gay" allowed in school

We may see more of these t-shirts around on Monday since the7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals instructed the district court to order the Neuqua Valley High School to suspend its ban on the "Be Happy, Not Gay" T-shirt while a civil rights lawsuit in the case proceeds.Given the ingenuity of adolescents, we will see this envelope pushed further and further ("Be smart, not Christian" is sure to come).I have seen this issue less of a free-speech matter (you can go outside and say, "Be … [Read more...]

Don Kroah Show tonight: Golden Rule Pledge

I am scheduled to be on the Don Kroah Show this evening at 6:30pm (est) to discuss the Golden Rule Pledge. The Don Kroah Show can be heard on WAVA, 105.1FM & 780AM in the Arlington, VA area. … [Read more...]

Golden Rule Pledge update

I know of 19 schools who are pledging the Golden Rule Pledge on or around the Day of Silence. One Campus Crusade group at Slippery Rock University met with a gay support group on campus recently to offer assistance with the Day of Silence observance. Many CRU students will remain silent and distribute cards with the Day of Silence message on one side and the Golden Rule Pledge on the other. I hope to have a link to a more complete list of schools soon. … [Read more...]

American Psychiatric Association symposium on religion, therapy and homosexuality

I am looking forward to the May 5th symposium in Washington DC, hosted by the APA at their annual conference involving Bishop Gene Robinson, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President, Al Mohler, Past-President of the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists, David Scasta, Harvard psychiatrist John Peteet and me. Here is a rebuttal to a critical article from Wayne Besen about the symposium and brief coverage of the event by Citizenlink. … [Read more...]

Some responses to the Golden Rule pledge

I suggested on this blog that perhaps parents and students should consider pledging the Golden Rule on the upcoming Day of Silence instead of staying home as some very conservative groups have suggested. The response has been mixed. A facebook group has formed to promote the idea and some college groups are implementing the idea in a variety of ways. You can read more about that on this page.Here are three recent assessments of the idea:ExGayWatch, six11ministries, and Wayne Jacobsen's … [Read more...]

Photographer who refused lesbian wedding fined

The New Mexico photographers who refused to take pics at a lesbian nuptual have been fined. The Alliance Defense Fund will appeal.Read this photography blog for comments and reactions from professionals. … [Read more...]


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