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49er Chris Culliver to begin sensitivity training immediately after Super Bowl


San Francisco cornerback Chris Culliver at the New Orleans Super Dome during Super Bowl XLVII Media Availability.

San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver will begin sensitivity training and education immediately after the Super Bowl following his anti-gay remarks this week, then likely start volunteer work with at-risk homosexual youth nationwide.

Culliver is scheduled to begin working with "The Trevor Project," an organization that provides crisis and suicide intervention to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth, according to his public relations representative, Theodore Palmer.

"He's so passionate about youth and people being comfortable with who they are and accepted by all," Palmer said in a phone interview Saturday. "He's excited to learn. The plan is with The Trevor Project, and their concerns are that he is genuine about his words."

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Palmer said once the education process is done, Culliver could eventually spend time volunteering at a crisis center and in other formats.


Bill by Torrance lawmaker Ted Lieu banning ‘conversion’ of gay teens clears committee

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State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, urged lawmakers to approve his bill to ban a controversial form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay people straight during a hearing at the Capitol in Sacramento on Tuesday, May 8. The bill, SB 1172, was passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee 3-1.

The practice known as “conversion therapy” -- in which gay or bisexual people, usually teenagers, are “converted” to becoming heterosexual -- is that much closer to being banned for all minors in California thanks to a state lawmaker from Torrance.

Democratic state Sen. Ted Lieu’s first-of-its-kind bill, SB 1172, was approved by the state Senate Judiciary Committee late Tuesday, paving the way for a vote before the full Senate within the month.

Lieu says he believes conversion therapy (also known as “reparative therapy”) is harmful and unscientific. Senate Bill 1172 would forbid the practice for all people under 18 and require “informed consent” for adults.

This morning Lieu was a guest on KPCC’s The Madeleine Brand Show, telling Brand that “There are patients that have committed suicide having gone through” conversion therapy.


Embittered gay man stole family members' identities, Glendale police say

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A Glendale man upset by his family’s treatment of him for being gay got back at them by stealing their identities, police say.

The Glendale News-Press reports that 24-year-old Christopher Higa allegedly used the identity of his 21-year-old brother Nicholas to set up a bank account, obtain credit cards and buy a brand-new 2012 Chevy Malibu from Allen Gwynn Chevrolet on South Brand Boulevard.

Higa also allegedly stole the identity of another sibling and his mother. He told police he hadn’t even spoken to his family for more than a year after they shunned him due to his sexual orientation, according to the News-Press.

Higa was allegedly going so far as to price-shop in his brother’s name, telling police he first picked up a Malibu at Toyota of Glendale before finding a better deal at Allen Gwynn, according to reports.