Family of teen raising money to rescue her from pray-the-gay-away "boarding school"


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Fuck Today

I can’t help but be reminded of “But I’m a Cheerleader.”


When do we stop pretending abuse is a religious right?


“conversion therapy.” kills, it’s a fact.


There are many, many ways I can … and sometimes will … fuck up as a parent. But dog help me, I hope this isn’t one of them. What a fucking stupid and horrible thing to do to your kid.


Not to mention the permanent damage to the relationship with your child.





I’ve heard heartbreaking cases of kids who appealed to the internet because they were being subjected to “reparative therapy” and had no one to turn to. I can’t really say I’m happy for Sarah having to go through this, but I am glad she at least has extended family that both cares about her and understands.


It’s mindblowing that this is even still legal. These camps need to be shut down, the owners thrown in jail for a few decades, and any parents that put their children in them need to have those children taken away from them, permanently. Forced sterilization on top of that wouldn’t be a bad idea, either.


Does anyone have information indicating this is a for real campaign? I’m always cautious of people trying to scam people out of money on the interwebs and this has been such a hot button issue lately that I could see it being fake.


Being a decent parent is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, and I haven’t always been able to live up to my own standards. That comes with being human.

But the depth of love, trust and compassion that accompanies the huge responsibility of shaping a whole other being’s life… I cannot fathom how anyone could willfully do something so irreparably destructive to their bond with their child.


As a Certified Skeptical Bastard myself, I did some poking around. Apparently the guy starting the fund is in the TV industry and that’s probably why this a) looks so polished and b) has gotten a ton of press.

But I’d say it’s legit.


While some states have banned reparative therapy for minors, Texas isn’t one of them. In fact, the Texas GOP added a plank to its platform in 2014 endorsing the discredited practice.

… I have no words.


This shit right here is why I’ll never move to Texas.


This one certainly is coming in handy this week:


not really:

Who has not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and why?
The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely and rapidly ratified human rights treaty in history. Only two countries, Somalia and the United States, have not ratified this celebrated agreement.


I was wondering the same thing. The whole “she has no phone or internet and can’t see visitors so don’t even bother trying to find out if she really exists” part got my Spidey Sense tingling. But then again I am an overly skeptical jerk most of the time.


One reason of many, many more.



How many karmic interventions stand between this child and custody falling in to the hands of an actual human being?