I am writing to urge readers who make a home in the Cape Henlopen School District to vote in the May 12 election and help re-elect Dr. Roni Posner. Roni is finishing her first term on the school board and her leadership has helped turn around a high school that was on a “watch list.” Roni has fought attempts at censorship of school reading lists and is a supporter of equal treatment for all Cape students. She is a supporter of LGBT inclusion and has championed anti-bullying efforts.
Quality schools benefit everyone in the community. Quality schools benefit everyone in our community. There is no voter registration required for school board elections. All one needs is some proof of residence. Voting takes place in many area schools.
Let’s keep a progressive and educated voice on the Cape Henlopen School Board by casting a vote for Dr. Roni Posner.
Our school board election is coming up on May 12 and we should all be aware of the importance of voting. While we may not all have youngsters in the school system, we certainly have a stake in the attention paid to anti-bullying efforts, the protection of our gay-straight alliances, and encouragement of diverse reading lists. We need to make sure that LGBT issues are fairly, reasonably, and intelligently represented. Roni Posner is running for re-election, and she needs your vote to keep diverse opinions front and center.
Please vote on May 12. Every vote in this school board election does count.
The White House condemned it and called for its end. The United Nations Committee Against Torture raised it as a potential human rights violation. Two states and D.C. banned it, and eighteen more states have introduced bills to ban it. Delaware has yet to address “reparative therapy.”
Also called “ex-gay therapy” or “conversion therapy,” this practice seeks to change one’s sexual orientation or gender identity by counseling and sometimes bizarre activities. All reputable medical and mental health organizations—the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Psychological Association and the World Health Organization, to name a few—say the practice is not only ineffective but potentially very harmful. They warn of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide resulting from trying to fix what does not need fixing and in any case cannot be changed.
Whatever junk science practices adults try for themselves, there at least can be no allowance for state-licensed therapists to practice “reparative therapy” on minors. I hope Delaware legislators move soon to protect vulnerable minors from this deeply discredited practice. Because of who is at risk—Delaware children and teens—it is the worst kind of consumer fraud.
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