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Maryland school promotes ‘ex-gay’ therapy as a solution to bullying

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Prince George’s County Public Schools on Wednesday decided to drop the use of a video that promoted so-called “ex-gay” therapy as one possible solution to the bullying of LGBT students.

According to a report published on Thursday by Washington City Paper, students in at least six middle-school health classes were shown the 21-minute film “Acception,” which disguises talk about gay-to-straight therapy within a larger message about bullying.

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The film’s creator, Christopher Doyle, is a board member of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX).

“As a youth, I was very confused and would have appreciated support for my unwanted same-sex attractions,” Doyle said in a 2009 statement from PFOX. “All I heard, even from some teachers, was that I was born gay. But as an adult, I discovered there is no scientific evidence to support this claim.”

In one clip from Doyle’s film, an actress posing as a student named Maria explains how she learned to fight her attraction to other women.

“I was so confused!” Maria exclaims. “I had dreams of being physically intimate with a woman. I was full of anxiety… I couldn’t imagine telling anyone that I was sexually attracted to girls.”

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But after asking her family for help, Maria recalls that her feelings of same-sex attraction slowly disappeared.

“You know what else?” she says. “Some girls at school started hanging out with me. I felt accepted, like I really belonged. That was major. Over time as I got closer with my family and my friends, my sexual feelings for girls gradually went away. Really!”

After being contacted about the video by Washington City Paper, Prince George’s County Public Schools decided to discontinue use of the video, but officials refused to admit that the gay-to-straight therapy was a problem.

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“We pulled the video because there was too much focus on alternative lifestyles,” spokesperson Briant K. Coleman told the paper.

Last year, the State of California banned the use of “reparative therapy” to change the sexual orientation of minors because the practice was not based on science.

Watch this video from Christopher Doyle, uploaded Aug. 24, 2012.

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(h/t: Think Progress)


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CNN’s Cuomo obliterates GOP congressman who raided SCIF in impeachment hearing

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Chris Cuomo brought on Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), one of the Republicans who participated in the raid on the secure room where the Intelligence Committee was conducting impeachment hearings. And Johnson's attempt to defend his behavior did not go well.

"Congressman, did you bring a phone in there?" asked Cuomo.

"We headed down that hallway to demand to be able to do our job. That's what we were there for," said Johnson. "There is no classified information being discussed in that room. It is a classified facility, if classified is being discussed, but there was no classified information being discussed there ... You know, a Republican speaker gave that due process and fairness to President Clinton. A Democrat speaker gave that fairness and due process to Richard Nixon. So what do they have to hide, Chris?"

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House investigators have "recent evidence" of witnesses working to coordinate their testimony before Congress, a Democratic congressman revealed on MSNBC on Wednesday.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who sits on the Intelligence and Judicial committees, was interviewed by MSNBC Chris Hayes.

"Final question, what is the timeline here?" Hayes asked. "There is some transparency argument that at some point this can’t be behind closed doors, the American people, all of us, Republicans, Democrats, citizens and journalists have to hear what’s happening."

"You’re absolutely right and there will be a public phase," Swalwell replied.

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Ex-acting AG Matt Whitaker blasted as ‘an embarrassment’: Ex-prosecutor says ‘the guy’s an idiot’

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Former federal prosecutor Cynthia Alksne blasted for acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker during a Wednesday appearance on MSNBC.

Anchor Chris Matthews played a clip of Whitaker telling Fox News that abuse of power is not a crime. The statement was viewed as an acknowledgment that Trump had abused power.

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