Monthly Archives: January 2015

Super Bowl 49

superbowl49

 

Save the Date

Sunday, February 1, 3:30 PM on NBC
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
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Conversion Therapy

 The Summer I Wasn’t Me – Jessica Verdi

Summer Unme

Book Blurb

“She never meant for her mom to find out. And now she’s afraid that what’s left of her family is going to fall apart for good. Lexi knows she can fix everything. She can change. She can learn to like boys. New Horizons summer camp has promised to transform her life, and there’s nothing she wants more than to start over.

 But sometimes love has its own path…”

(Book Blurb quoted in full from author’s website – Source: http://jessicaverdi.com/books/the-summer-i-wasnt-me/)

 

Discuss

What did you think of the story?  Engage with fellow readers at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17586458-the-summer-i-wasn-t-me

 

 

The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Emily M. Danforth

mised of cam post

 

Book Blurb

“Dead parents. Random acts of shoplifting. Girls kissing girls in barns, in twisty slides on playgrounds, in abandoned hospitals. A Victorian dollhouse with all kinds of weird shit glued to it. The compulsive renting and watching of 99cent videos. Miles City, Montana. The 1990s. Swimming. Summer. Cowgirls. Dinosaur discovering. Ferris Wheels. Conversion therapy. Taco Johns. A girl named Jane Fonda and the hollowed compartment in her prosthetic leg. The way a mountain-toppling earthquake that happened some thirty years before keeps aftershocking our hero: Cameron Post. Yup: it’s coming of age, it’s coming of GAYge, it’s a Bildungsroman, a novel of development, it’s all of these things, none of these things, and it would be kick-ass if you gave it a whirl.”

(Book Blurb quoted in full from author’s website – Source: http://www.emdanforth.com/snovel.php)

 

Discuss

What did you think of the story?  Engage with fellow readers at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11595276-the-miseducation-of-cameron-post

 

Supplemental Articles, Videos, and Websites

This is only a partial listing of materials available online about the issues surrounding conversion therapy in the United States.  Please feel free to add an article, video, website, or other helpful information related to this post in the comments below.

*Note: The following websites were accessed on January 25, 2015

  1. Attempts to Change Sexual Orientation – Gregory M. Herek, Ph.D., University of California, Davis (materials used in this piece date from the 1990s – 2000s) http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/faculty_sites/rainbow/html/facts_changing.html
  2. Psychiatry Giant Sorry for Backing Gay ‘Cure’ – Benedict Carey, New York Times (May 18, 2012) http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/19/health/dr-robert-l-spitzer-noted-psychiatrist-apologizes-for-study-on-gay-cure.html?pagewanted=all
  3. Conversion Therapy – Southern Poverty Law Center http://www.splcenter.org/conversion-therapy
  4. The Lies and Dangers of Efforts to Change Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity – Human Rights Campaign. ***Features organizational positions and a report produced by the American Psychological Association.*** http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/the-lies-and-dangers-of-reparative-therapy
  5. California Gay-Therapy Ban Left Intact By U.S. High Court – Greg Stohr, Bloomberg Businessweek (June 30, 2014) http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-06-30/california-gay-therapy-ban-left-intact-by-u-dot-s-dot-high-court
  6. Pickup v. Brown, 13-949, and Welch v. Brown, 13, 1281 – United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit, 2014 (California court cases concerning conversion therapy) http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/content/view.php?pk_id=0000000635
  7. #BornPerfect: The Campaign to End Conversion Therapy – National Center for Lesbian Rights http://www.nclrights.org/explore-the-issues/bornperfect/
  8. Ex-Gay Therapy Debate – The Colbert Report (December 11, 2012) http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/videos/8is78z/ex-gay-therapy-debate
  9. articles on conversion therapy – NPR http://www.npr.org/tags/139001429/conversion-therapy
  10. National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality http://www.narth.com/

 

Movies

cheerleader

Click the image to watch the trailer.

 

But I’m a Cheerleader (<— click the title to view the film’s IMDb page)

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If You Could Be Mine – Sara Farizan

if you could be mine

Book Summary

“Seventeen-year-old Sahar has been in love with her best friend, Nasrin, since they were six. They’ve shared stolen kisses and romantic promises. But Iran is a dangerous place for two girls in love—Sahar and Nasrin could be beaten, imprisoned, even executed if their relationship came to light.

So they carry on in secret—until Nasrin’s parents announce that they’ve arranged for her marriage. Nasrin tries to persuade Sahar that they can go on as they have been, only now with new comforts provided by the decent, well-to-do doctor Nasrin will marry. But Sahar dreams of loving Nasrin exclusively—and openly.

Then Sahar discovers what seems like the perfect solution. In Iran, homosexuality may be a crime, but to be a man trapped in a woman’s body is seen as nature’s mistake, and sex reassignment is legal and accessible. As a man, Sahar could be the one to marry Nasrin. Sahar will never be able to love the one she wants, in the body she wants to be loved in, without risking her life. Is saving her love worth sacrificing her true self?”

(Book Summary quoted in full from publisher’s website – Source:http://algonquinyoungreaders.com/book/if-you-could-be-mine/)

Click on the image above to visit the publisher’s website.  Additional online content includes:

  • Meet the Cast
  • Author Essay
  • Reader’s Guide
  • Read an Excerpt

It’s widely available from most booksellers in the US, but be sure to check with your local public library to see if the title is available.  I found an e-book copy of the novel from my local library’s Overdrive subscription.

Supplemental Articles, Videos, and Websites

  1. Video with Sara Farizan: http://youtu.be/lrBUHHjslFs
  2. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29832690
  3. http://www.npr.org/books/titles/218642654/if-you-could-be-mine
  4. http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleyford/sara-farizan-is-your-new-favorite-queer-ya-novelist#.bgWdyOBd
  5. http://www.worldpolicy.org/transition-iran
  6. BBC World News: http://youtu.be/Wg51RnpGn9k?list=UUHHHU4lEp_N5-p9H98oh9xg
  7. IRQR: http://english.irqr.net/
  8. https://iglhrc.org/sites/default/files/537-1.

This is only a partial listing of materials available online about the issues facing lgbt Iranians.  Please feel free to add an article, video, website, or other helpful information related to this post in the comments below.

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