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Log Cabin repudiates Ann Coulter’s endorsement of ‘reparative therapy.’

Log Cabin says ‘Ann Coulter’s endorsement of ‘Reparative Therapy’ is a bad joke’ after Behar appearance

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Wednesday night while appearing on the Joy Behar show, Ann Coulter endorsed the idea that some gay people can ‘pray away the gay,’ and expressed a belief that the military should be a heterosexual male-only institution.

“Not only that, I not only want open gays in the military, I don’t want open girls in the military,” the conservative pundit told Behar.

The nation’s best known organization representing LGBT Republicans quickly responded Thursday with a statement condemning Coulter’s remarks, which also appeared to conclude Coulter believes that gays and lesbians can change their orientation through prayer.

“Ann Coulter is not a serious part of the conservative movement – her positions are a throwback and do more harm than anything else,” R. Clarke Cooper, Executive Director of Log Cabin Republicans, said in a statement. “Her remarks endorsing the widely outdated and profoundly harmful idea of ‘reparative therapy,’ alleging that one can ‘pray the gay away,’ are not only demeaning to gays and lesbians, but are offensive to all people of faith.”

The organization’s rebuke is in direct response to Coulter’s remark about a Coulter fan who had ‘found God,’ and  “now he’s not gay anymore.”

When Behar pressed Ann to clarify her beliefs on whether or not prayer can “cure” homosexuality, she justified her position.

“There are some people… maybe they weren’t really gay to begin with, maybe they were molested as children. There are people that go that way.”

“We think she’s a loudmouth headline-seeking opportunist, exploiting this issue to advance her career,” Wayne Besen, Founder and Executive Director of Truth Wins Out, told the Blade. “She lacks about as much evidence as she does integrity, so we don’t take anything she says seriously.”

“Unfortunately, some of her dim-witted followers may believe what she says to be true, and that’s why she’s dangerous,” Besen concluded.

LCR’s Cooper also addressed Coulter’s military readiness statements.

“While her position on this matter is off base, it is exacerbated by her claim that the armed forces should bring back ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ a failed policy which impedes military readiness,” Cooper said. “Servicemembers who put their lives on the line deserve respect, not such clownish behavior.”

Coulter also mentioned that she hoped New York getting marriage equality meant, “maybe they will shut up about it.”

“I want ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ for all of society.”

Log Cabin took this statement on directly, saying, “Ann Coulter may be tired of gay and lesbian Americans speaking out, but Americans, gay and straight, are tired of her overwrought and offensive behavior.”

“While it is encouraging to see Log Cabin Republicans repudiate Ann Coulter’s stance on so-called ‘reparative therapy’,” Michael Mitchell Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats told the Blade, “the unfortunate truth is that many of the elected representatives within the GOP side with Coulter. If Coulter really believes in ‘praying away the gay’ one has to wonder what she thinks of her buddies at GOProud.”

“Conservatives will continue to be painted with the hate-filled brush wielded by Ann Coulter for as long as they continue to give her a forum to spew her vile rhetoric,” Mitchell concluded.

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  1. Mike the Guy

    July 28, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Coulter is a dull, small minded entertainer relying on the shock value associated with saying profoundly stupid things to promote her book of the moment. She will be of real value to society when she volunteers to serve as a septic tank cleaner, IF she can manage to do the job correctly. Big if.

    Until that time, she can just suk it.

    • Jimcracky

      July 30, 2011 at 10:25 am

      You’re right, but I also blame Joy Behar and the others like her who continue to give this sorry piece of humanity a pulpit from which to mouth her inanities.

    • scotty501

      July 31, 2011 at 2:25 am

      Her quote says she wants gays in the military

  2. Lauri

    July 28, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    I think it is about time that Ann Coulter gets the same treatment as Glenn Beck. Advertisers of shows she frequents need to be told their products will be boycotted if she is on that show. She needs to be denied a platform from which to speak. I think Joy’s show should get the first round of letters. I think I will send mine now.

    • laurelboy2

      July 29, 2011 at 11:18 am

      Why would you or anyone watch Joy Behar’s show, anyway??

  3. Kyle

    July 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Wow. I wish Ann Coulter could be cured by prayer. But I’m thinking not. I have a feeling she’s going to continue to be just as vicious, ignorant and slimey as she has been. So much for reparative therapy!

  4. Douglas NYC

    July 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    I think it’s time everyone just gives Ann Coulter the silent treatment. I personally don’t think she believes half the nonsense she says; I think she simply wants attention. Surely there’s some kind of “reparative therapy” for this poor person’s attention-craving behavior, but press coverage surely isn’t it.

  5. David

    July 29, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Too bad prayer doesn’t cure ignorance.

  6. kathy

    July 30, 2011 at 10:21 am

    No ONE with a brain takes her seriously! She “garbs headlines” with stupid staements and laughs all the way to the bank!

  7. Peter Rosenstein

    July 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Ann Coulter has been offensive yesterday, is offensive today and will continue to be offensive tomorrow. I actually feel sorry for Coulter who feels she needs to continue to spout inanities to be heard but then people like Joy Behar continue to fall for it and book her for their shows. So Coulter wins. It is time for right thinking people like Behar and other decent people to shut their doors to Coulter. If Behar can’t get an audience without the likes of Coulter she should be off the air.

  8. BILLY CIGAR

    July 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    STOP AND THINK ABOUT IT .with .str8 people in the military…we have to pay for who they are sleeping with,we have to pay for the product of who they slept with,also insurance for them, food and housing on or off base its called sep rations ..etc etc etc .with gays you pay for just that PERSON .so whose the better canidate …done here

  9. Jerry

    July 30, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Coulter should try to “pray away the stupid” then get back to us on how well that works.

  10. Linddar

    August 24, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    I don’t think Joy Behar agrees with a word Ann Coulter says. She used to openly dislike her and that’s putting it mildly. The talk shows continue to book her because she sells books, or is it that she sells books because the talk shows put her on. I think Joy finds her entertaining because she is so ridiculous. AC is really a comedian in my opinion, says outrageous things to get attention, and laughs all the way the bank.

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West Virginia’s capital bans conversion therapy for LGBTQ kids

Conversion therapy is widely opposed by prominent professional medical associations including the American Medical Association

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The City Council of West Virginia’s capital city became the first municipality in the state to enact an ordinance banning the widely discredited practise of conversion therapy. In a 14-to-9 vote, the council passed the ordinance Monday to protect LGBTQ youth from the practise.

Conversion therapy is widely opposed by prominent professional medical associations including the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The proposed ordinance carries a fine of up to $1,000 for violations.

“All of Charleston’s children deserve love and respect for who they are, and no one should be in the business of trying to shame or humiliate teenagers out of being LGBTQ,” said Andrew Schneider, executive director of Fairness West Virginia. “Our city’s medical and faith communities came out strongly in support of this bill to ban the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion therapy, and I congratulate members of city council for bravely approving it.”

“The Trevor Project is thrilled to see historic action being taken in West Virginia to protect LGBTQ youth from the dangers of conversion therapy. This discredited practice is not therapy at all — it’s been debunked by every major medical organization and shown to increase suicide risk,” said Troy Stevenson, Senior Advocacy Campaign Manager for The Trevor Project. “We are hopeful that this victory will help catalyze the passage of state-wide protections in the Mountain State, ensuring that no young person in West Virginia is subjected to this fraud at the hands of mental health providers.”

 A total of 20 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and 94 municipalities (mostly located in Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota), have banned the practice of conversion therapy on minor clients. Minnesota and Michigan’s Governors earlier this year signed executive orders that prohibit state funds being expended on the practise.

Research Findings:

  • According to The Trevor Project’s 2021 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health, 13% of LGBTQ youth reported being subjected to conversion therapy, with 83% reporting it occurred when they were under age 18. LGBTQ youth who were subjected to conversion therapy reported more than twice the rate of attempting suicide in the past year compared to those who were not.
  • According to a peer-reviewed study by The Trevor Project published in the American Journal of Public Health, LGBTQ youth who underwent conversion therapy were more than twice as likely to report having attempted suicide and more than 2.5 times as likely to report multiple suicide attempts in the past year.
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HRC sues Tennessee over bathroom bill as school year starts

“The state’s political leaders are making Tennessee a dangerous place for our daughter, & other children like her.”

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NASHVILLE – The Human Rights Campaign, (HRC) has filed suit in the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee challenging the Tennessee law that denies transgender students, faculty, and staff access to the bathroom, locker rooms and other sex-segregated facilities consistent with their gender identity. 

The suit filed Tuesday by the Washington D.C. based LGBTQ advocacy group joined by the law firms of Linklaters and Branstetter, Stranch, & Jennings PLLC,  is on behalf of two Trans students currently enrolled in Tennessee schools and alleges that the law violates Title IX, the 1972 federal law that protects against sex discrimination in education.

HRC in a press release noted that its federal suit was brought on behalf of 14-year-old Alex* and his parents, Amy A. and Jeff S., as well as 6-year-old Ariel* and her parents, Julie and Ross B.

“Alex is excited to start high school this fall where he will be an honor student. His family relocated to Tennessee in 2018 to build their ‘forever home’ in an incredibly supportive and tight-knit neighborhood and Alex takes pride in being involved in his community and has created strong friendships among his peers at school.”

We didn’t know we had a trans child when we relocated to Tennessee—if Alex had come out to us before the move, we wouldn’t have come here. It makes me so angry that our elected officials have chosen to target trans kids. If lawmakers were to take the time to get to know my son, they would see that he is an amazing, smart, caring, creative person who has so much to offer. Alex just wants to be a regular kid. He should be able to look forward to starting high school without the added layer of anxiety about something as basic as using the bathroom

Amy and Jeff

He came out as transgender before the 7th grade, however, in 7th grade he was not allowed to use the boys’ restroom. Instead, Alex was forced to either use the school nurse’s private bathroom or the restroom that corresponded to his gender assigned at birth—not due to statewide legislation, but instead due to the school policy. Both options were alienating and isolating for Alex who instead stopped drinking liquids at school to avoid having to use the facilities.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic-related issues, Alex transferred to a private school for 8th grade that affirmed his gender identity, including permitting access to the boys’ restroom—Alex enjoyed a great year, without incident. He is also looking forward to starting high school at the public school near his home, but due to Tennessee’s anti-Trans bathroom law, He will again be forced into using restrooms that are stigmatizing or forgo using the bathroom altogether.

To protect Alex, Amy and Jeff are considering moving from their beloved community and leaving their ‘forever home’ behind out of fear for Alex’s safety at school and emotional wellbeing, the statement concludes.

In the case of the second plaintiff, HRC noted: Similar to Alex, Ariel’s family built their ‘forever home’ from the ground up in a neighborhood they fell in love with and that fills Julie, Ross, and Ariel with happiness and friendship.

Ariel began expressing her gender identity at 2 years old and when she was nearing 4 years old, Julie read the children’s book “I Am Jazz,” to Ariel that tells the story of a transgender girl. When the main character explains that she “has a boy body with a girl brain.” Ariel immediately lit up with excitement and eagerly told her mother, “that’s me, momma, I have a boy body with a girl brain.”

Since Ariel began her social transition at 4 years old, her classmates, their parents, teachers and school administrators have only known Ariel as her authentic self. When she was enrolled in kindergarten, her school was receptive and understanding of her gender identity and has largely protected Ariel from stigmatizing experiences.

In anticipation of Ariel starting 1st grade at a different school this fall, Julie reached out to the principal to discuss accommodations for her daughter.

Since Tennessee’s bathroom law is enacted, Ariel will have to use the boy’s restroom or the private nurse’s bathroom despite only ever using the girl’s restroom. Due to her young age, Ariel does not understand the law’s ramifications or why she is being told to use the boy’s bathroom.

The state’s political leaders are making Tennessee a dangerous place for our daughter, and other children like her. We are extremely worried about her future here, and the bills that are being passed have put us in panic mode. They are attacking children that cannot defend themselves for what appears to be political gain over a non-existent problem. We wish our leaders would take the time to speak with transgender youth and adults—instead, their fear of the unknown is unnecessarily leading their actions and causing irreparable harm to these children

Julie and Ross

Julie and Ross are also considering moving out of Tennessee due to these anti-transgender laws out of fear for their growing daughter, the statement concluded.

Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title IX expressly prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs. In June the U.S. Education Department announced it would expand its interpretation of federal sex protections to include transgender and gay students. The new policy directive means that discrimination based on a student’s sexual orientation or gender identity will be treated as a violation of Title IX.

The lawsuit also alleges that the law violates the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the U.S. Constitution. Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to deny certiorari in Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board left in place a federal circuit court decision recognizing the rights of transgender students under the Equal Protection Clause and Title IX.

In July a federal judge blocked a new law in Tennessee that required businesses and other entities that allow transgender people to use the public restroom that matches their gender to post a government-prescribed warning sign.

“This law is bad for businesses in Tennessee, and most importantly, harmful to transgender people,” said Hedy Weinberg, ACLU of Tennessee executive director. “We are glad the court saw that this law is likely unconstitutional and hope that the state gives up the wasteful effort to defend discrimination and a violation of the First Amendment.”

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Federal prosecutors declined to prosecute 82% of hate crimes

DOJ report says ‘insufficient evidence’ was main cause

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Federal prosecutors, who are referred to as United States Attorneys, declined to prosecute 82 percent of 1,864 suspects investigated for violating federal hate crime laws in all 50 states and D.C. during the years of 2005 to 2019, according to a newly released report by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics.

The 15-page report, released on July 8, cites insufficient evidence as the reason suspects were not prosecuted in 55 percent of the federal hate crime cases. The report says “prioritization of federal resources” was the reason for a decision not to prosecute 15 percent of the suspects. 

It says 13 percent of the suspects were not prosecuted by U.S. Attorneys because the suspect was “subject to the authority of another jurisdiction,” and another 13 percent were not prosecuted because the federal government lacked legal jurisdiction to file a hate crime charge. 

The report, entitled Federal Hate Crime Prosecutions, 2005-2019, does not disclose the category of the victims targeted for a hate crime by the suspects whose cases were or were not prosecuted. 

In its annual hate crimes report as required under the U.S. Hate Crimes Statistics Act, the FBI provides information on hate crimes based on a victim’s race/ethnicity/ancestry; religious affiliation; sexual orientation; gender identity; disability; and gender.

The FBI’s most recent hate crimes report released in November 2020, and which covers the year 2019, shows that hate crimes based on a victim’s sexual orientation represented 16.8 percent the total number of hate crimes reported to the FBI for that year, the third largest category after race and religion. 

The FBI report shows that 4.8 percent of the total hate crimes reported to the FBI in 2019 were based on the victim’s gender identity. 

These figures suggest that at least some of the hate crimes cases that U.S. Attorneys declined to prosecute were cases involving LGBTQ people as victims. 

The Bureau of Justice Statistics report also does not disclose whether or how many of the suspects who were not prosecuted for a hate crime violation were prosecuted for the underlying criminal offense that was investigated by federal prosecutors as a possible hate crime.

Law enforcement officials, including D.C. police officials, point out that a hate crime is not a crime in and of itself but instead is a designation added to an underlying crime such as assault, murder, destruction of property, and threats of violence among other criminal offenses. Most state hate crimes laws, including the D.C. hate crimes law, call for an enhanced penalty, including a longer prison sentence, for a suspect convicted of a crime such as murder or assault that prosecutors designate as a hate crime. 

Tannyr M. Watkins, a spokesperson for the DOJ’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, told the Blade in response to a Blade inquiry that the bureau did not have access to data it received from U.S. Attorney’s offices throughout the country about whether hate crime suspects were prosecuted for an underlying crime when the U.S. Attorney’s declined to prosecute the suspect for a hate crime.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics report released last month says that out of the 17 percent, or 310, of the hate crime suspects who were prosecuted between 2005-2019, 92 percent, or 284, whose cases were brought before a U.S. District Court, were convicted. And 85 percent of those convicted received a prison sentence, the report says. 

“Forty percent of the 284 hate crime convictions during 2005-2019 occurred in federal judicial districts in six states – New York (30), California (26), Texas (19), Arkansas (15), Tennessee (13), and Pennsylvania (12),” the report states. It says that during this 15-year period all but 10 states saw at least one hate crime conviction. In addition, there were two federal hate crime convictions in D.C. during that period, according to the report.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, unlike U.S. Attorneys in the 50 states, prosecutes criminal offenses under both D.C. law and federal law under D.C.’s limited home rule government. In the 50 states, most hate crimes are believed to be prosecuted by state and local prosecutors.

Former D.C. U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu has stated that the D.C. Office of the U.S. Attorney has prosecuted most criminal cases in which a hate crime arrest was made but the office dropped the hate crime designation due to lack of sufficient evidence. Liu said the office has continued to prosecute the suspect for the underlying charge, which often included a charge of assault or destruction of property.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics report says U.S. Attorneys use five federal hate crimes related statutes to prosecute suspects for hate crimes. Among them is the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009, which is the only federal hate crimes law that includes protections for LGBTQ people.

LGBTQ activists hailed the Shepard-Byrd law as an important breakthrough because it authorizes federal prosecutors to prosecute anti-LGBTQ hate crimes in states whose hate crimes laws do not cover hate crimes based on the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

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