Are Religious Californians Really Harming the Mental Health of People Who Identify as LGBTQ?

By Dr. Laura Haynes Politicians are saying Californians of many religions are causing people who identify as LGBTQ to exhibit mental health disparities. The research does not support this claim. California politicians are telling people of many religions that their faith is unacceptable to the state. These legislators are pushing…

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Senators Say Stopping Biblical LGBT Counseling a Matter of Public Safety

Seemingly unconcerned about violating the First Amendment, several California Senators argued the state has a “public safety” interest in protecting LGBTQ identified people from the “harmful” speech of pastors and counselors. The comments came during a debate several weeks ago in the Senate Judiciary Committee over a resolution condemning any…

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Senate Demands Pastors Reject Biblical Counseling For LGBT Californians

Last week, the California Senate gave party-line approval to Assembly Concurrent Resolution 99, a resolution demanding people of faith in the state change how they teach, preach, and counsel others related to LGBT identities and behaviors. Authored by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-San Jose), ACR 99 condemns pastors, counselors, and religious…

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“Biology is Not Bigotry,” 1st Grade Teacher Tells CA Legislators

Testifying before a California legislative committee last month, first-grade teacher Raechel Olson told legislators she would “take a bullet for any child,” but she would not harm children by following the state’s proposed gender identity training. Raechel Olson delivered this message to the Senate Education Committee last month in opposition…

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CA Legislators to Tell Pastors What to Preach from their Pulpits on LGBT Behavior & Identities

Tomorrow morning before the Assembly Judiciary Committee, Assemblyman Evan Low plans to argue for a resolution that tells religious leaders in California what they should preach from their pulpits. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 99 calls on “counselors, pastors, religious workers, educators” and institutions with “great moral influence” to stop perpetuating the…

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