A low attack on same-sex therapy

first_imgNew York Post 22 July 2013Oral arguments started Friday in New Jersey Superior Court in Ferguson, et. al. v. JONAH, et. al. — a landmark case in which the Southern Poverty Law Center is trying to shut down JONAH, a Jewish group that helps people with unwanted same-sex attraction live their lives in accord with Torah values.It’s just the opening shot in a massive legal effort to ban help for gay people — a campaign I take personally.I’m one of those people the SPLC is out to harm — by substituting its judgment about what’s good for me for my own.The client’s right to determine the course of his own therapy is a touchstone of modern psychotherapy. So the effort to deny people access to this therapy not only infringes on my right to self-determination, it violates the ethical standards of every major mental-health association.Officially, it’s called Sexual Orientation Change Efforts, or SOCE. Therapists using it were a lifeline to my health and happiness.I first came out to myself about my homosexual feelings at the age of 20, and soon sought out help for dealing with them constructively. I’ve done individual and group therapy, as well as experiential weekends, all aimed at helping me better manage my homosexual attractions within the context of my value system.Jeff Bennion is a co-founder of North Star International, a support community for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who experience same-sex attraction. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/low_attack_on_same_sex_therapy_oivm1PGbeMkoh7KE7hMzPKlast_img read more

‘Premier League Not More Intense than La Liga, Bundesliga’

first_img“The problem here is maybe that there are more games but the way they play in Germany is… (whistles)… it’s amazing. I think you have to have respect for the other leagues, how they play and the way they play. “Of course Barcelona is special in how they play, like a machine. Three amazing players in front, good counter-attack, the way they build-up, so when they win 4-0 it’s because they deserve to win 4-0.“I think every league has its points but especially it’s the quality of the players and that’s the reason why.“In Spain in the last seven, eight, nine years they’re winning or in the final of all the European competitions because they play well, because they have good players. That is the reason why. “Here, (England) there are more games to play, but the intensity in Italy, in all of these places, is the same.”Both the Bundesliga and Serie A are exclusively available on StarTimes pay TV in Nigeria.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola, has scored the German football very high stressing that the way they play in Germany is amazing.The Spaniard, who has coached Barcelona in Spain and Bayern Munich in Germany, also rubbished claims that the Premier League is the most intense league in the world.“I hear a lot of times about the intensity of the Premier League when none of you have been in La Liga or the Bundesliga to know how it is,” Guardiola said.last_img read more

Ballon d’Or 2019: Matthijs de Ligt beats João Félix, Jadon Sancho to win Kopa Trophy

first_img Source: en.as.com Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt won the second edition of the Kopa Trophy at the Ballon d’Or gala in Paris on Monday.The Kopa Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding player under the age of 21, with PSG star Kylian Mbappé winning the first edition last year.Dutch centre back De Ligt was among ten candidates for this year’s edition of the award and eventually beat out fellow favourites João Félix of Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.The Juventus player’s nomination comes days after Felix won Tuttosport’s Golden Boy accolade. De Ligt’s credentialsDe Ligt’s nomination comes on the back of a stunning campaign last season with Ajax, whom he captained to their first Champions League semi-final since 1997 at the tender age of 19.The talented young defender was the subject of an intense bidding war in the summer, with Juventus beating early favourites Barcelona to secure his signature in July.Following his 85-million-euro move to Serie A, the Ajax academy graduate has clocked up 15 appearances for Juventus, netting one goallast_img read more

Manu Vatuvei is ready for fresh start

first_imgPhoto by: ANDREW CORNAGA/PHOTOSPORT (Mt Smart Stadium will be renamed ‘Manu Vatuvei Stadium’ for Friday’s game against the Panthers in honour of the departing club legend). The desire to keep playing at the top level still burns bright for Manu Vatuvei but the departing Warriors star admits the mental strain of the past 12 months has left him ready for a fresh start.After 13 years and 226 games at the club, Vatuvei confirmed on Monday that he would be leaving Mt Smart for Salford in the UK this week after being granted an early release from his contract.With a club record 152 tries, the most of any Kiwi in the NRL, Vatuvei is regarded as one of the Warriors’ greatest ever players, alongside Stacey Jones and Simon Mannering. However, the last two seasons have not gone to plan for the ‘Beast’.Last year, he was suspended for three games before being granted medical leave following his involvement in the prescription pills and energy saga, while he has played just 53 minutes of first grade this season following a run of knee and calf injuries.There is no doubt the injuries have taken a toll but Vatuvei is confident his body can still stand up to the rigours of playing in the NRL. However, the opportunity for a new challenge in the Super League was too good to refuse.”With everything that I’ve been going through for the last 12 months I think this was the right opportunity for myself to start fresh,” Vatuvei said.”I was still struggling a bit mentally but physically I was feeling good and wanted to carry on so I thought it was the right call to move on.”While Vatuvei was contracted at the Warriors until the end of the 2018 campaign, he had an inkling at the start of the year that this would be his final season at the club.The 31-year-old held regular discussions with Warriors boss Jim Doyle and coach Stephen Kearney about his future before Salford came calling last month.”I’ve always wanted to play out my career at the club. I wanted to finish the year at the club but things like this do happen,” he said.”I had a talk with Steve to tell him my thoughts and he just wanted the best for me and that’s why he decided he wouldn’t hold me back.” As the injuries mounted, Vatuvei was consigned to a mentoring role this season, which in some ways played a role in his departure, with the emergence of Ken Maumalo and Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad keeping him out of first grade.But ever the team man, he is proud of their development and does not feel like he has been pushed out of the club.”It is disappointing to just play one game this season but that’s how it is, you can’t control things like this. “I feel blessed to have played that amount of games and to be in the game for that long. I’ve enjoyed every moment of my time here and I’ve had a lot of good moments with the boys. That’s something I’ll always cherish.”Vatuvei is hoping to fly out to England with his family on Sunday, and the Warriors have big plans for his farewell ahead of Friday night’s clash against the Panthers.Mt Smart Stadium will be renamed ‘Manu Vatuvei Stadium’ in his honour and his teammates will have his name, club number and signature embroidered on their jerseys.While contractually he is not permitted to play, Vatuvei has been named in the number five jersey and will lead the team down the tunnel in what is sure to be an emotional end to an emotional week.”The club has done a lot for me, it’s like another family,” he said. “I can never thank them enough but all I could do was go out and play my best footy and if it was a bad one I’d always try and come back the next game and make them proud. “You always want to make your parents proud and that’s what I always wanted to do for the club.”Vatuvei is yet another player who leaves the Warriors without fulfilling the dream of winning the club’s first premiership. But he at least managed to play in the 2011 grand final, which he described as his career highlight.”To be honest, I don’t think I’m a club legend. I’m just blessed and lucky enough to have survived this long at one club and to keep doing what I love.”last_img read more