Finally got around to doing another comic! I’ve been grappling with memories of my childhood, trying to understand why from a certain period of time I saw myself as being a girl. I never really felt like I related to “always being a boy just never realized it” but maybe that’s because of my upbringing? Parents were liberal with what I wore/played with, and I was heavily groomed into the “tomboy” role, so I never really felt that repression? Or maybe I just wasn’t aware! Who knows! I’m a boy now, I’m at peace with my childhood and that’s all that matters!
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“Erie County, N.Y., legislator Patrick Burke is trolling the vice president-elect by introducing a law banning conversion therapy under his name. Known as the Prevention of Emotional Neglect and Childhood Endangerment - or PENCE for short - the legislation, if passed, would make the New York county just one of a few municipalities to block the practice. Currently, five states, D.C., and several cities prohibit the use of conversion therapy on minors.
The name is a direct jab at Mike Pence’s 2000 congressional campaign website, which openly supported the harmful practice of attempting to “change” the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBT minors.
On that website, Pence advocated that federal funding earmarked for “organizations that celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus” be instead redirected toward “those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.” The program he wanted to defund, the Ryan White Care Act, provides life-saving resources for people living with HIV.
Burke told WBFO, Buffalo’s NPR affiliate, that given Pence’s impending role in the White House, raising awareness about his antigay history is important.
“Mike Pence is probably going to have the most power of any vice president in the history of our country and he has openly advocated for conversion therapy,” he said. “I want that to sink into people. I want them to realize it’s a serious issue of abuse of children flatly, whether they are gay or not, it’s abuse, then you have a man who is going to have enormous power over all of us, who advocates for it.”
“This practice has no business in our society and really the idea of trying to sexually desensitize children is disgusting and disturbing,” Burke added.
The Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network, a national LGBT youth organization, has been advocating to ban conversion therapy for the past 15 years and applauded the proposed bill in an interview with NBC OUT.
“GLSEN commends Legislator Burke for introducing legislation to ban conversion therapy in Buffalo,” said executive director Eliza Byard. “It is a harmful and discredited practice that uses rejection, shame, and psychological abuse aimed at changing one’s sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.”