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First, Do No Harm →

My pal Tyler has a piece about California’s S.B. 1172 and his own experiences with Sexual Orientation Change Efforts at the Huffington Post:

In 2002 I elected to get help to “cure” my homosexuality through a so-called therapeutic practice, “reparative therapy,” “conversion therapy” or, as it’s currently known, “sexual orientation change efforts” (SOCE). I sat opposite a man who communicated his heterosexuality quite strategically: family pictures, a “Father of the Year” mug and a shiny, gold wedding band. I coveted those tokens of heterosexuality, because I lived under the assumption that they were never mine to possess. I was 21, an adult, and I knowingly sought out help because I was told that my same-sex feelings were a “choice” that was wrong and curable.

Previously: Tyler’s interview with Ted Conover

Beyond A Set Of Facts →

My pal K. Tyler Christensen interviewed Ted Conover for Café Americain:

Many people’s voices go unheard and I think it’s important to attend to them. The advantages I had growing up, from supportive family to a good education, empowered me to serve as a witness to some of these lives, and I think it’s a worthy calling. Apart from that, I’m just curious. Class and privilege create blinders, and I like to see if I can take them off.

Go check it out.  Conover’s Newjack is one of the best books I’ve read in the past 5 years.

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