• Fight Against the License to Discriminate!
    Tomorrow (May 4th,2017) President Donald Trump is reportedly set to sign an executive order establishing “religious exemptions” which will actively allow open discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) people. Iowa Safe Schools Executive Director, Nate Monson, who is available for interviews, released the following statement. “This executive order looks every LGBTQ child in the face and says you’re not equal and you are worth less. This EO does not protect religious freedoms, instead it promotes hate and fear fueled rhetoric to openly enter our workplaces, schools, and communities. Promoting discrimination against the LGBTQ community, women, and other groups is not only wrong, but is regressive and repulsive.” “This executive order directly contradicts the unwavering rule of law and core value of equal protection—also known as freedom. It undermines crucial safeguards against discrimination that creates opportunities for LGBTQ youth to survive and succeed. If consistent with past draft orders, Trump’s Executive Order could allow school counselors to deny LGBTQ youth life-saving services, school administrators to forbid interracial couples at school functions, and LGBTQ educators could lose their jobs simply because of who they love.” “This is executive order is a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, women, Muslims, people of color, and other marginalized groups. We call on President Trump to renew his commitment to the LGBTQ community and protect LGBTQ youth by not signing this executive order.”
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  • Oppose Corporate Judge Gorsuch!
    President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Judge Gorsuch, has a record of record of siding with big money, and if confirmed, everyday Iowans will have a harder time being heard. Gorsuch has consistently ruled on the side of wealthy, corporate interests, and against women, workers, and immigrants. His track record shows that he would not be a mainstream Supreme Court justice.
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  • Ban Conversion Therapy in Iowa!
    All people deserve the right and liberty to be who they want to be. In Iowa, there are medical practitioners who do not share this belief and still practice an outdated and prehistoric treatment harmful to our youth. One of the most dangerous medical therapies practiced against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) community is conversion, or reparative, therapy. This therapy is an outdated exercise that subjects individuals to abuse in an effort to change sexual orientation and/or gender identity. The manipulation includes institutionalization, castration, physical and sexual abuse, and electroconvulsive shock therapy. All of the nation's leading medical and mental health associations have long rejected the practice and said it is ineffective and dangerous, including the American Medical Association, American Counseling Association, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. It is estimated that one in three LGBTQ people have been subjected to conversion therapy. Many are forced into it by their families who do not accept or understand their LGBTQ identity. According to a 2009 report by the American Psychological Association, results of this abusive therapy include depression, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, shame, social withdrawal, substance abuse, stress, self-hatred, and a dramatic increase in suicide risk. Individuals who have been subjected to conversion therapy and do not commit suicide are called survivors. In a highly publicized case from the early 1970s, psychologist George Rekers treated a 5-year-old boy named Kirk Murphy, who had exhibited stereotypically feminine behavior such as a preference for girls' toys. Rekers instructed Murphy's parents to reward him for exhibiting "masculine" behavior and to punish him (by ignoring or even spanking him) when he displayed "feminine" behavior. Rekers claimed this treatment would prevent Murphy from "becoming gay." Later, Rekers published an article citing his treatment as a success. Even though Murphy came out years later, Rekers and other proponents of conversion therapy continue to use Murphy in an effort to deceive families and entrap clients struggling with the stigma and discrimination faced by the LGBTQ community. Murphy struggled with the severe psychological distress caused by Rekers's "treatments" throughout his life. He attempted to take his own life in his teens and at age 38 committed suicide.
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