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White House to Host Meeting on Bisexual Issues
By Trudy Ring, The Advocate
The White House will host a roundtable discussion
of issues facing bisexuals, in “an apparentfirst for the Obama administration,” the Washington Blade reports.
The meeting, by invitation only and closed to the media, will be held September 23 at theEisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House. According to an invitation obtained by
the Blade, “Participants and administration officials will discuss a range of topics includinghealth, HIV/AIDS, domestic and intimate partner violence, mental health, and bullying.”
Human Rights Campaign spokesman Michael Cole-Schwartz said the HRC will be in on the
meeting, and he praised the effort. “It’s a testament to this administration that they are
focusing on all elements of the LGBT community, and they should be applauded for hosting anevent focused on
some of the specific issues impacting bisexual people,” he told the Blade.
Ulrich, author of the “Bisexual Invisibility” report released by the San FranciscoHuman Rights Commission, also commented positively on the initiative. “I’m very excited that
the White House is holding this roundtable
it feels like a turning point in the needs of the bi
community finally being taken seriously,” she told The Advocate. “Given all the disparitiesbisexuals face in terms of health, suicidality, funding, and a host of other issues, we’ve got an
opportunity here to start a national conversation that could have a positive effect on the largest
segment of the LGBTQ community. I hope this will be just the beginning.”
Albany pols push for ban on gay
therapy for teens, citing new N.J. law
By Kenneth Lovett, New York Daily News
Three New York lawmakers are using thecontroversy over a New Jersey law banning teenanti-gay therapy to push similar legislation in NewYork.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made nationalnews when he signed a bill abolishing the therapy that attempts to turn gay teens straight.Now, State Sens. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), Michael Gianaris (D-Queens) andAssemblywoman Deborah Glick say New York pols should swiftly pass a similar bill theyintroduced earlier this year that stalled in Albany.
is among the worstfrauds in history and has been discredited by the American Psychological Association and other
... leading mental health organizations,” said Hoylman, the state’s only openly gay senator.
The New York bill would bar mental health providers from trying to change the sexualorientation of anyone under the age of 18. If enacted, a licensed mental health provider whoignored the law would be cited for unprofessional conduct and subject to licensing sanctions.Similar legislation has been enacted in California. Christie, who is eyeing a GOP presidential runin 2016, endorsed it.