New York, September 5, 2012 — This month, the award-winning lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) newsmagazine, IN THE LIFE, travels to the Midwest for a look at the critical alliance between labor unions and the LGBT movement, followed by an exposé of reparative therapists who say LGBT people can "pray the gay away."
Wisconsin is a state with deep labor roots, and it was the unions in Wisconsin — not legislators - that first extended domestic partner benefits to LGBT workers. Last year, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker sparked a political uproar and national media debate with his controversial plan to strip collective bargaining rights from teachers and many state employees. IN THE LIFE speaks with LGBT union workers in the State to discover how their rights and benefits are affected.
"With the new changes that are coming out because of Act 10 next year, I'm expecting to pay another 400 dollars a month in pension and health care benefits, and I'm terrified." — Tina Owen, public employee and lesbian mother of two.
Then, John Becker is an activist who investigates anti-gay religious extremists. IN THE LIFE follows Becker to a Minnesota clinic owned by Rep. Michelle Bachman and her husband, Marcus Bachman, where he discovers the ongoing practice of debunked reparative therapies.
"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. They're just living according to a philosophy that ignores science, that ignores the reality of homosexuality." — Jack Dreschner, MD, President of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry.
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