Category Politics

State legislators, Obama call for end to conversion therapy

This story was originally published on page 4 of the Alligator.

California banned it in 2012, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made it illegal in 2013, and President Barack Obama denounced its validity Wednesday.

Florida is one of about 20 states addressing the ethics and effectiveness of conversion therapy, a counseling method that aims to change individuals from homosexual to heterosexual.

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Jimmy Carter subs for wife, speaks about mental health

This story was originally published on the front page of the Alligator.

Accent Speaker’s Bureau planned on welcoming former first lady Rosalynn Carter to the Phillips Center for Performing Arts on Tuesday night, but she was sick and stayed in Plains, Georgia.

Her husband, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, stepped in to address a packed audience of UF students and Gainesville locals.

“I know all of you are disappointed that my wife is not here,” Carter said.

Former first lady Carter to discuss mental health Tuesday

This story was originally published on page 4 of the Alligator. This was one of my first published stories as an Alligator staff writer.

Former first lady Rosalynn Carter will speak about mental health at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday.

The free event will begin at 8 p.m. and doors will open at 7 p.m. It is co-sponsored by the Accent Speaker’s Bureau and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.