Tina Owen is a public employee and a lesbian mother of two. Like many workers in America, Owen is worried about what changes she could face when it comes to her rights in the workplace. “With the new changes that are coming out because of Act 10 next year,” she says, “I’m expecting to pay another 400 dollars a month in pension and healthcare benefits, and I’m terrified.”
In the Life is taking a look at LGBT labor rights in a new feature that travels to the heartland to find out about the relationship between unions and the LGBT community, and how the believers in reparative therapy are trying to “pray the gay away.”
Do the issues go hand in hand?
“A clinic that believes that homosexuality is a sin and can be changed is engaging in culture war practices, they’re not really doing therapy,” says Dr. Jack Dreschner, president of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. “They’re just living according to a philosophy that ignores science, that ignores the reality of homosexuality.”
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