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

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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.

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LA City Council supports ban on therapies to "convert" gay minors

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The Los Angeles City Council celebrated LGBT Heritage Month by endorsing a state bill to ban therapies that "convert" homosexual minors to heterosexuals.

A state bill that would ban therapies that seek to "convert" minors from homosexual to heterosexual was unanimously endorsed today by the Los Angeles City Council.. 

The vote came as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other city leaders celebrated the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. 

State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-El Segundo, introduced SB 1172 to prevent psychotherapists from performing “sexual orientation change efforts” on anyone under the age of 18.

“This doesn’t work. It’s not just that parents are wasting their money on therapists who are engaging in what is really junk science, it’s also dangerous,” Lieu told the city council. “The American Psychiatric Association has said this poses great dangers, can lead to self-hatred, depression, in some cases suicide.”

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