HEADS UP: The Happy Healthy Lesbian Online Conference Starts Next Week

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Happy Healthy Lesbian founder Amy McDonald (top right, surrounded by rainbows) and the array of speakers in her upcoming weeklong telesummit for queer women.

Your 2014 resolution to become the best lesbian you can be just became a little more attainable. Next week the Happy Healthy Lesbian Telesummit kicks off with an informative, online women’s wellness conference. The gathering features five days worth of empowering, lesbian-centric discussions on everything from staying in shape to traveling to keeping things nice and steamy in the bedroom.

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I Survived Ex-Gay Therapy

As Pennsylvania gets ready to debate a bill that would make it illegal to subject minors to conversion (or ex-gay) therapy (California is the first state in the nation to do so), a former patient speaks out about the torment it caused in his own life.

Truth Wins Out shared the video of Matthew Shurka. He’s a 24-year-old who at 16 was forced into six weeks of reparative therapy. His own father sent him into this so-called “ex-gay” therapy after Shurka came out as gay. Now, he says the experience was profoundly painful: “It was pretty horrible – it was basically living the life of how to become straight based off of stereotypes.”

He was in therapy for five years. “Those five years are bad,” he says. “You don’t ever really learn to accept who you are.”

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