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Anderson Cooper Confronted A Homophobic Politician With Facts. He Responded Like A Politician.

Republicans in Texas want to pass a law encouraging "reparative therapy," a 100% unproven form of counseling intended to turn gay people straight — as if homosexuality is a disorder that needs to be cured. Seriously.Not only is it baseless, but it's also shown to be emotionally harmful. Anderson Cooper had a conversation with one of the supporters of the plan, state Rep. Bryan Hughes. Listen to their exchange below.

At 0:41, Hughes explains that this is a matter of rights and choice, which is ironic considering his party denies the rights of gay people to be who they are and to be with whomever they choose.

You'll catch a few minutes of fact dump by Cooper and fact dodge by Hughes. Then at 3:57, Cooper shares a clip that you'd think might have an impact on Hughes' view. But you'd be wrong.


At 6:13, Cooper gets to the heart of where Hughes is coming from: religion. And frankly, for an elected official to govern on that basis should be concerning not just to constituents who don't share his faith, but to anyone who believes we shouldn't use tax dollars to encourage something that could be harmful to people's emotional health.

FACT CHECK TIME!

Here's a report about the questionable science and potential harm of reparative therapy that has been endorsed by mental health professionals, pediatric physicians, social workers, and educators.

For more, see the American Psychological Association's detailed resolution on sexual orientation change therapy and the National Association of Social Workers' very strong position that reparative therapy "cannot and will not change sexual orientation."

It's also worth noting that one of the most well-known researchers who prompted support for reparative therapy in the 21st century, Dr. Robert Spitzer, abandoned his position in 2012 and issued a public apology for spreading unproven claims.

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It takes a special type of person to become a nurse. The job requires a combination of energy, empathy, clear mind, oftentimes a strong stomach, and a cheerful attitude. And while people typically think of nursing in a clinical setting, some nurses are driven to work with the people that feel forgotten by society.

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The Emperor of the Seas.

Imagine retiring early and spending the rest of your life on a cruise ship visiting exotic locations, meeting interesting people and eating delectable food. It sounds fantastic, but surely it’s a billionaire’s fantasy, right?

Not according to Angelyn Burk, 53, and her husband Richard. They’re living their best life hopping from ship to ship for around $44 a night each. The Burks have called cruise ships their home since May 2021 and have no plans to go back to their lives as landlubbers. Angelyn took her first cruise in 1992 and it changed her goals in life forever.

“Our original plan was to stay in different countries for a month at a time and eventually retire to cruise ships as we got older,” Angelyn told 7 News. But a few years back, Angelyn crunched the numbers and realized they could start much sooner than expected.

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The energy in a hospital can sometimes feel overwhelming, whether you’re experiencing it as a patient, visitor or employee. However, there are a few one-of-a-kind individuals like Elaine Ahn, an operating room registered nurse in Diamond Bar, California, who thrive under this type of constant pressure.

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Prior to baby formula, breastfeeding was the norm, but that doesn't mean it always worked.

As if the past handful of years weren't challenging enough, the U.S. is currently dealing with a baby formula crisis.

Due to a perfect storm of supply chain issues, product recalls, labor shortages and inflation, manufacturers are struggling to keep up with formula demand and retailers are rationing supplies. As a result, families that rely on formula are scrambling to ensure that their babies get the food they need.

Naturally, people are weighing in on the crisis, with some throwing out simplistic advice like, "Why don't you just do what people did before baby formula was invented and just breastfeed?"

That might seem logical, unless you understand how breastfeeding works and know a bit about infant mortality throughout human history.

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Dr. Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas teaches you how to pee.

A pelvic floor doctor from Boston, Massachusetts, has caused a stir by explaining that something we all thought was good for our health can cause real problems. In a video that has more than 5.8 million views on TikTok, Dr. Alicia Jeffrey-Thomas says we shouldn’t go pee “just in case.”

How could this be? The moment we all learned to control our bladders we were also taught to pee before going on a car trip, sitting down to watch a movie or playing sports.

The doctor posted the video as a response to TikTok user Sidneyraz, who made a video urging people to go to the bathroom whenever they get the chance. Sidneyraz is known for posting videos about things he didn’t learn until his 30s. "If you think to yourself, 'I don't have to go,' go." SidneyRaz says in the video. It sounds like common sense but evidently, he was totally wrong, just like the rest of humanity.

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