LGBTQ Characters Missing From ‘13 Reasons Why’ Season 2 Trailer

Netflix’s flagship teen drama 13 Reasons Why is finally coming back for Season 2.

The long-awaited sequel season comes more than a year after the original season aired. In a brand-new teaser trailer, many of the beloved characters appear, set to make a return on May 18, clad with an ominous tagline, “The tapes were just the beginning.”

Noticeably absent from the teaser are Justin, played by queer fave Brandon Flynn, who has been photographed getting cuddly with crooner Sam Smith, Alex Standall (Miles Heizer), and the show’s gay characters Ryan Shaver (Tommy Dorfman), and Courtney Crimson (Michele Selene Ang). However, the out and proud Tony Padilla (Christian Navarro) makes an appearance.

Last year, the controversial show spurred a nationwide discussion on teen suicide, and how it’s handledor should be handledin pop culture. In March, Netflix announced that they will be adding a warning video to Season 2, as well as adding resources to, with cast discussions on bullying, sexual assault, and drug abuse.

It’ll be interesting to see what direction the show goes in this seasonand what conversations it’ll inspire.

Insider’s Guide to San Diego

There are not many places where one can pack light all year round. San Diego has consistently been considered to have the best weather in the United States, no matter what time of year you visit. The laid-back beach attitude, flip-flop appropriate weather, surrounded by some of the most gorgeous beaches in California, makes San Diego a very desirable place to be. San Diego County itself is massive and is made up of a variety of cities that offer pretty much anything and everything for every type of traveler. San Diego also is home to some world-class attractions and cultural events, not to mention some premier shopping and culinary options. With so much happening in the city, narrowing down what do while visiting can be challenging, as there’s so much to choose from. Hillcrest has been the city’s “gay district” for years and it’s packed full of bars and restaurants, but don’t limit yourself, even though it’s worth checking out, there’s a lot more to see.

Surf’s Up

Ok, not everyone is a surfer, but as we all know, beaches aren’t just for surfing. San Diego has an array of beaches to choose from and plenty of year-round sun to compliment them all. The Mission Bay area of San Diego has three main beaches that are in the younger and trendiest areas of San Diego. Mission Beach is centrally located and is the closest in resemblance to classic East Coast beaches like Atlantic City and Coney Island. Pacific Beach offers some funky beach bars and taco stands as well as some great nightlife in the evening. And of course, Mission Bay, which covers 4200 acres of land and water and is made up of a network of waterways, inlets and islets. And just across the bridge is Coronado Beach, voted as one of America’ finest beached by Travel Channel. The gentle waves and glistening sand of the Coronado beaches are very much deserving of recognitions.

Home Run

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Everyone loves baseball, right? That might not be necessarily true, but if visiting San Diego during baseball season, Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres is a great way to spend the afternoon or evening. Parking is only $5 and nosebleed seats can run as low as $13 a ticket. Spending the day at the ballpark, enjoying some hot dogs and epic views of downtown San Diego and the waterfront make for a unique activity that won’t break the bank.

Take A Step Back

In the one-mile radius that makes up Old Town San Diego, there are over twenty-five restaurants that all offer authentic and cultural cuisine. In addition to the variety of food options, Old Town has excellent shopping opportunities. But the real beauty of Old Town comes with just exploring the area by foot. Within Old Town, there are three Park Agencies: State, City and County, all of which have historic sites operated as museums. Old Town is considered to be the “birthplace” of California and the historical sites and affordable museums can easily fill up a day of sightseeing.

Win A Gold Medal

Ok, you might not actually have a chance to win a medal, but a visit to the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista will at least give visitors a glimpse at how future Olympic and Paralympic athletes train. The 155-acre complex is home to four natural turf soccer fields, six sand volleyball courts, three state of the art BMX tracks, a 5,400 square foot strength and conditioning center, among lots more. The training center offers support to athletes including housing, dining and professional development programs. Self-guided tours are available daily and official tours are offered on Saturdays at 11am.

Take A Hike

Just twelve miles from downtown San Diego, Mission Trails Regional Park is one of the nation’s largest urban natural parks covering over 6,000 acres and featuring 42 miles of trails for walking, hiking, biking, birding and even rock climbing. There is a 14,000 square foot visitor and interpretive center to explore pre or post hike. The center offers state-of-the-art exhibits that teach about the park’s geology, plants, animals and history. There’s also a 930seat theater that features films about the park. In addition to the center, there are two lakes, a scenic stretch of the San Diego river, the Old Mission Dam, a historical landmark, Cowles Mountain, whose summit is the highest geographical point in the City of San Diego, which has one of the best panoramic views of San Diego.

Head To The Pools

Point Loma Beaches don’t actually have real beaches, or swimming poolsbut it’s one of the best places in San Diego to explore tide pools in the rocky reefs that are full of marine life. It’s also a great place to just sit and enjoy the sounds of waves crashing on the cliffs. For a magnificent sunset moment, a drive out to Sunset Cliffs will satisfy any night of the week, and for the inner-thrillest, a drive out to the old Cabrillo Lighthouse and hike out to the tide pools by the point will provide a little extra adventure and marine life.

Get Artsy

Impressive collections are exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) in over 10,000 sq. ft. of exhibition space is currently in the process of renovating its neighboring La Jolla gallery to quadruple current gallery space. MCASD presents over 4,700 post 1950s art installations and constantly curates internationally recognized artists for seasonal display. Everything from painting to sculpture to video installations can be found in the space, but the museum stands out for its 1960s/70s pop art collections as well as its display of Latin American and local Southern California art.

Many galleries are smattered around the city but the best neighborhoods for boutique galleries live in La Jolla, Little Italy, and the Gaslamp Quarter. The essence of the city and it’s laid back lifestyle is captured in Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery with glossy prints of the ocean, surf culture, and colorful sunsets dipping into the horizon. For more a wider range of photography, the Museum of Photographic Arts carries over 7,000 world famous photographs from over 750 photographers and is based in the heart of the well-known Balboa Park.

Where To Stay

Andaz San Diego

Located in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter, the property is made up of 159 guest rooms with 17 suites, each with custom fixtures and amenities, including a generously sized glass-enclosed peekaboo bathroom. Consistent with the Andaz brand, the hotel provides free non-alcoholic drinks and snacks in each room, in addition to the paid mini-bar. The Rooftop by STK provides stunning city views as well as regional cuisine. By night, The Rooftop by STK is one of San Diego’s ultimate rooftop experiences, with great music and views while sitting next to the fire pit or enjoying a private table for dinner or bottle service.

Pendry San Diego

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Also located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter and just shy of its one-year anniversary, the new kid on the block is the newest sub-brand from luxury mega brand Montage Hotels. The hotel is made up of 317 guestrooms including 36 suites. Dining and entertainment at this property is endless. Lionfish, the signature restaurant, features a menu of inventive fresh-catch along with prime meats. Oxford Social Club is a new approach to an elevated nightlife experience. The Pool House is a premier rooftop lounge. Nason’s Beer Hall is a California coastal establishment featuring global beer and food. Provisional Kitchen, Café & Mercantile is a three-meal restaurant and marketplace. And Fifth & Rose is their sophisticated hotel bar. Spa Pendry has 6,200 sq. ft. of space and four treatment rooms, as well as a state-of-the-art 24-hour fitness facility.

Kiss My Astro: Your May Horoscope

Life gets a little more interesting this month as Uranus, planet of revolution and taking bold risks, moves into Taurus, sign of peaceful sensuality and comfort food. Imagine Che Guevara in a spa. Uranus is also the planet of queerness, and of looking at the structures of our lives differentlyof daring to live outside of social conventions. As Uranus moves into Taurus, expect some revolutions in how you get your core physical needs met, and even some exciting discoveries about pleasure and connection. Meanwhile, stay patient when you’re feeling restlessthis isn’t the easiest combination of energies, but it’s here for about seven years. You’ll have plenty of time to follow up on the insights and intuition you’re picking up on now! Consider this month as your first taste. Be curious, and have fun with it!


Don’t worry, dearest Aries, your life won’t end if you take some time for yourself. FOMO may have you filling every available moment with other peoplewhether that’s parties, friend dates, or even just scrolling through social media and dating appsbut something’s changing in your needs this month. It’s okay to pull back and look within a little more. This doesn’t mean you have to be a monkit means when you really assess your options and choose wisely, who ends up choosing you is a much better fit. Try it out!


This is a wild time for youcan you trust that will be a good thing? You tend to be suspicious of anything new, even if it’s better than what it’s replacing (“But I *like* lying in bed alone fantasizing about how much better my life could be!”). This month brings you much perspective and a huge kick of energy to stop putting up with anything that’s gotten stale and tired. You’re here for more exciting times. You’ve just got to trust that you can change, your relationships can change, and you’re not doomed to play out the same old patterns forever. Do you believe this yet?


This month brings you the newest new, the shiniest shiny, and a non-stop parade of possibility. Pros: This is what you basically want life to look like all the time. Cons: You’ll have to say no to some things in order to really experience the rest. It could be time for some hard decisions. Let go with gratitude of anything that’s blocking you from moving forward right now, and remember that your inner compass is whatever makes you light up with a sense of joy and elationnot what other people think you should do. Enjoy the ride, darlin!


There is absolutely nothing wrong with being sensitive and caring, even if you’ve been taught to hide that side of you your whole lifeor if partners have taken advantage of your tenderness and willingness to give. Vulnerability is a sign of strength: embroider that affirmation on your toughest jacket before you go out. And this month, you’re getting a chance to really shine as someone who has skills and talents. Claim them, flaunt them, and go get what’s yours.


You are not the sum total of everything impressive you’ve ever done. You are not less worthy on days when you feel less than gorgeous. This month, questions of status are coming up for you in a real and urgent way and it’s your job to silence those voices that tell you you’re not enough, that you don’t deserve love until you’ve earned it. Seek out the company of people who know you well and can reflect you clearly, cause your mirror might be a little distorted right now. Trust the good things people tell you, and resist the urge to add “but they don’t really know…” The more you can embrace your full selffunny, brave, awkward, earnest, lonely, passionatethe better you’ll be able to connect with people who love all that.


Watch out for thinking you already know where you’re headedor where you want to end up. This month reminds you that surprises can be exciting, and disruptions can teach you more about what the world has to offer. So don’t go into every new encounter with a checklist, or begin your dates sizing up how well this person conforms to your ideal. Let yourself be blown off course. Let people open you up new ideas. There will be plenty of opportunities for adventure and romance under this influence, but you’ll need to let yourself go there. Your views on partnership are changing this monthwhat ideas have you been holding onto that you don’t need anymore?


Get ready for the sexiest summer ever, Libra. Or at least, get ready to explore everything about sex that you wanted to know but were afraid to try. We’re not just talking new positions or accessories, but the deeper feelings that get stirred up when you get it on: What does desire open up in you emotionally? How can sex help you heal? What does it mean to you to be vulnerable, or to refuse to be vulnerable, with a lover? Remember, you don’t have to do anything you don’t want to and you can explore at your own pace. But dip a toe in the water for now, and see what you can learn.


Guess what, Scorpio? All those hard times you’ve had in the past with lovers who weren’t honest or healthythis is the month you get to start making different choices. You can find what you want. You can have fulfilling love. You don’t need to put up with any kind of bad behavior or feel like for whatever reason (“I’m not tall enough to be picky…”) you won’t find exactly what you need. This month, start saying no to everything you really don’t need anymore. You’ll be surprised by what opportunities start opening up that you’ll be ready to say yes to!


Maybe you look like a goddamn Greek god, maybe you’ve got the kind of body that you’ve struggled to accept and love because our culture doesn’t. Wherever you fall on the spectrum of being widely desired or an acquired taste, you’ve probably absorbed some gnarly messages about your worth as a human being vis-à-vis your flesh suit. Now is a beautiful time to uproot some of those untruths and start planting the seeds of a lifelong love affair with your unique, amazing, once-in-a-lifetime body. Yes, you can invite a friend or two to worship at the temple that is you, but only if they’re truly devoted.


Every now and then you get to step down from those mountain tops you so effortlessly climb and splash in a few mud puddles. This is one of those timesthe more you can let go of responsibility and play right now, the better. This is a particularly good month for striking up a new romance because that sparkle in your eyes is extra sparklybut don’t expect any new connection to progress in measured steps toward lifelong partnership. Now is a time to experiment, to flirt, to take some chances. Don’t overdetermine where they’ll lead or you’ll kill to thrill of it. Let it be a meandering journey, and enjoy the view.


Take a second look at the people you know bestsomething about them will surprise you this month. Really, it’s your perspective that’s changing. You’re starting to see all sorts of things you’ve overlooked, and your relationships will also be changingthe strong ones will only get stronger through these fresh insights, but you could also dig up some secrets that could help you clarify what’s going wrong in less healthy connections. Trust your own truth right now, and don’t worry about making some waves in the way you express it.


You may be craving a vacation right now, but you won’t have to go very farsomething new and unusual is beckoning to you quite close to home. Expect your daily life to get a little stranger this month, in the best of ways. Now’s a good time to change up tired old routines and welcome some daring adventures in your everyday slogsubway flirtations, workplace intrigues, and the like. Just make sure you’re ready for your world to really change.

‘Spongebob Squarepants,’ ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Angels in America’ Lead Tony Award Nominations

Mean Girls and Spongebob Squarepants, two Broadway shows based on stories first told on the big and small screen, led the Tony Awards nominations with 12 each. Close behind were revivals of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel, the Angels in America revival, and The Band’s Visit.

Mean Girls and Spongebob Squarepants saw overlap in several categories, including Best Musical, Best Book, Best Original Score, Best Featured Actor, Best Scene Design, Best Costume Design, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Orchestration, and Best Sound Design.

Grey Henson, who plays gay character Damian in the stage adaptation of Mean Girls, secured a Best Featured Actor nomination for his work.

Angels in America received nominations for Best Revival of a Play, Best Original Score, Best Lead Actor for Andrew Garfield, two Best Featured Actress nominations (Susan Brown andDenise Gough), Best Scene Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Direction, and Best Sound Design. The show also received a Best Featured Actor nomination for out gay actor Nathan Lane’s performance.

When reached for comment, Spongebob said:

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The Tonys air June 10, 2018 on CBS. You can read a full list of nominations here.

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On ‘Rise,’ an Obvious Problem Presents Itself

We were never going to get to the end of Rise’s first season without some kind of censorship storyline. It’s just silly to assume a high school in a conservative town would put on Spring Awakening without issue. But why on earth are parents only protesting the production now, with two episodes left of the season?

Lexi, a previously unseen member of Stanton HIgh’s Spring Awakening ensemble, releases a video promo for the production that teases all the most sexy, risqué elements of the show. It’s effective the show previously having a tough time selling tickets suddenly has an influx of interested attendees but the school’s principal is furious. Paired with a petition from parents, Lou (Josh Radnor) faces pressure to edit the show heavily, else risk it being cancelled entirely.

Were it happening in real life, this would be a nail-biting turn of events. Nothing threatens a good time in high school quite like a PTA petition. But this isn’t real life it’s a narrative TV series that’s been aiming toward a climactic production of Spring Awakening for eight episodes. We know we’re going to get there by the 10th. There might be some odd changes here and there, but the final result is going to be the same.

Since a lot of this episode’s plot goes to the petition and football; hoo boy, there’s a lot of football let’s take the opportunity to look at Rise as a whole. Ratings have been remarkably steady, but far too low as to make season two an inevitability. Were it to return, I’d recommend the following three changes to make the show stronger.

Focus more on the music. I don’t know why modern filmed musicals are so scared of music. La La Land had, like, six songs if you took out all the reprises. Similarly, Rise has had a song or two every episode, but as our check-in last week proved, we still haven’t seen a lot of the biggest Spring Awakening numbers. Considering the best scene of this series (by far) was Gwen’s “The Song of Purple Summer” at the end of episode two, Rise could stand to let the songs be the star more.

Less football, more theatre kids. If Rise is going to give us more music, it follows that it will need to spend more time with the kids singing the music. This episode has a hearty plot following MIchael (Ellie Desautels) and his friend Sasha (Erin Kommor), the latter of whom is pregnant. The arc gives the two characters development, as Michael tries to help Sasha through a difficult decision. It’s great! But it’s also one of the only times we’ve seen development for cast members not named Lilette, Robbie, Simon, or Gwen. Even Jeremy, who has a romantic arc with one of the main cast members, is basically a cipher at this point. We need to see the troupe! They’re who we’re here for, at the end of the day.

Dump Lou. I know, Josh Radnor is arguably the biggest TV star of this group (he was the father of How I Met Your Mother, after all), and losing your lead is arguably a mark of instability, not consistency. But Lou is so clearly the worst part of Rise. He’s blinded by his own privilege and constantly shitty to Tracey (Rosie Perez), the Latina assistant director he pushed out of the way to get his job. He has unrealistic expectations for a high school production of Spring Awakening, and fails to protect his students from potential fallout. He’s the worst teacher since Mr. Schuester on Glee, and he’s gotta go.

Of course, Rise has to get a second season before worrying about any of that. Whether they get it is likely dependent on how the rest of this season goes and whether this petition actually sticks. (Don’t worry, it won’t.)

The next episode of Rise will air Tuesday, May 8, at 9 p.m. on NBC.

Roseanne Defends Her Trump Vote On ‘The Tonight Show’

Roseanne Barr was on The Tonight Show last night where she talked about the revival of her show, her stand up tour and her previous guest appearance on The Tonight Show when Johnny Carson was hosting.

Of course though, before any of that, we have to talk about orange elephant in the room. I’m sure the question was planned, but God did that transition feel awkward.

“With a big hit, comes people that aren’t so happy,” Jimmy Fallon said, referring to Barr’s vocal support of Trump.

“I don’t give a fuck.” She said calmly as she received a laugh and applause from the audience. There are few ways a conservative person can appeal to a New York audience and not giving a fuck is one of them. Speaking of the audience, watching the interview, it felt like no one knew how to respond to Barr.

“I mean, everybody had to choose for themselves, according to their own conscience, who they felt was the lesser of two evils,” Barr explained. “This is a America. It’s a free country I just felt like we needed a whole new thing. All the way, bottom to top.”

This response received complete and total silence from the audience, while Fallon tried to quickly change the subject to something lighter. The two discussed Barr’s Canadian standup tour as well as showed a picture from her first time on The Tonight Show back in the 1980s.

You can watch the full interview below:

MOBIFest Celebrates Black Queer Voices in Fashion, Music, Art, and Media

Although it seems like we have been stuck in winter going on six months, the weather is finally breaking and it’s time for summer in the NYC. This May, one organization is striving to the change the narrative of Black LGBTQ culture by curating a festival centering holistic care through the arts, bringing people into a room where everyone has a seat at the table.

MOBIFEST is an interactive arts experience that celebrates Black queer voices in fashion, music, visual arts, and media. With a focus on wellness, MOBI (Mobilizing Our Brothers Initiative) connects individuals to opportunities to better themselves before and during the event.

I recently spoke with founder and OUT 100 Award recipient Dashawn Usher about MOBI’s first ever festival, and some of the plans he has for the future of game changing organization.

What is MOBI and MOBIFEST?

MOBI is an organization that is centered around black gay and queer men to see their holistic self through community wellness and personal development. MOBIFEST is a continuation of our community connectivity. It’s really about taking ownership of your health. We are celebrating black queer in different industries like the arts, media, entertainment, music. We are bringing in all the different industries to really amplify and connect the community to voices we probably would never have in the same room or see each other. The cool things is people earn a ticket into the festival by choosing how they want to engage in their health and wellness, so they take ownership of their health.

Festival-goers will be able to join us for multi-day exclusive events and showcases, from Thursday, May 17th to Saturday, May 19th that highlight key influencers and community connects, while celebrating wellness. The best part–the events are all free. MOBI is encouraging the community to take ownership of their health and wellness by visiting one of our community partners to receive a free service for an advanced ticket into MOBIfest. D∆WN, aka Dawn Richard formerly of the pop powerhouse Danity Kane, will headline the festival on Saturday, May 19th with a concert at Melrose Ballroom in Queens.

What was your motivation behind having Dawn as the headliner, and who else can we expect to see?

When it comes to Dawn, we really wanted a headliner who has been a staple in our community, and really supportive of our community. She has always been super supportive. For us it was important to find somebody who had a connection, but also an influence that was really aligned to headline the first festival.

We have Laquan Dawson who is a Black queer artist who will be creating original content for the Saturday event that would showcase more along the lines the identity and complexity of being a black gay and queer man. We are also working with Jay Joseph who is an art curator with a really large following in the art community to curate the art event on Friday, May 18th. That event is centered around the different identities and complexity of being masculine in the black LGBTQ community.

We are working with Monica Sunbeam, panelists from the show Pose, Robert Ball is also going to be performing. It’s a bunch of everybody lol.

What do you see for the future of MOBI and expansion?

We are hopefully looking to expand outside of the NYC area. In January we did a MOBI Talks in Atlanta which had a little over 120 guys. So in the summer we will have MOBI Talks again in Alabama so we can take these conversations outside of NYC. In May we will be having a MOBI Talks in Newark, NJ.

Ideally we really want to amplify the network of MOBI and hopefully be in a space to put on these events and connect the people to resources that are locally available but also raises the visibility of the Black gay queer community on a local level.

I’m super excited to have the support and momentum going into the festival from various community partners and the community as a whole. The goal at first was just to build back up this black gay community inside of NYC, but now we are doing it across the U.S. and it’s beautiful to see in real time.

Adam Rippon Slays ‘Sissy That Walk’ On ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Adam Rippon has dropped off his skates and picked up some new dance moves in the opening episode of Season 26 of Dancing With the Stars. This unique short season of the show includes a cast of famous athletes from different disciplines.

The season has a few winter Olympians such as Tonya Harding, Jamie Anderson, Mirai Nagasu, Chris Mazdzer and of course, Rippon. There are also some team sports players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former MLB outfielder Johnny Damon.

In this first week, the couples dance to the foxtrot, salsa, cha-cha-cha, or the waltz. The couples were evaluated both by the judges and from a live voting audience at home. For the first time in the show, two couples were eliminated on the opening episode. (Spoilers ahead!)

Luckily, Rippon wasn’t one of the two couples. In fact, he was one of the top couples of the week. It’s been a dream for the Olympian to be on the show, so I’m sure it feels great that he performed well.

Before we get into the dance, we have to talk about his introduction video. The first 10 seconds of the clip where Adam meets his partner, Jenna Johnson, is just them screaming and hugging. “It was destiny,” he says.

“Adam and I, when we first met, I was amazed because I felt like we had known each other for years,” Jenna explained in the clip. “Immediately, there was just a connection and a chemistry.”

I need to get a drink of water before we discuss how amazing his freaking performance was. If I hadn’t seen him plastered all over Twitter for like a month, I wouldn’t have been able to tell which one was the celebrity and which one was the professional dancer. First off all, they danced to “Sissy That Walk.” I don’t know if that was Jenna’s choice or a production decision, but either way, genius move.

While technically a cha-cha-cha, the choreography included some voguing moves and runway walking from the couple. Something I noticed in this dance, as compared to others, is that the moves didn’t seem as gendered. The opening, for example, was Adam voguing and walking down a set of stairsvery Beyoncé at the Super Bowl. In other performances, we saw the men performing pretty traditional “male” roles in the couple. With Adam though, we got a lot more variety.

A big condragulations to Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson. The judges and host, Tom Bergeron, commented on how the couple already feels so synchronized and connected. If this was the opening night, I can’t wait to see what they have planned for the rest of the season.

Stop Reporting That Hawaii Banned Conversion Therapy on LGBTQ Youth

News quickly spread over the weekend that Hawaii became the 12th state to ban conversion therapy.

Outlets like Gay Star News, Lavender Magazine, Attitude, Hawaii News Now, and NewNowNext reported that the Aloha State had become the latest in a growing list of municipalities to prohibit orientation change efforts on LGBTQ youthwhich has been condemned by every leading U.S. medical association.

But there are a number of problems with the claim that Hawaii has taken decisive action to outlaw the discredited “gay cure” practicethe most obvious of which is that, for now, conversion therapy remains legal in the state.

Both the Hawaii House of Representatives and Senate have approved SB 270, which was sponsored by Democrats Sen. Stanley Chang, Sen. Rosalyn Baker, and Rep. Karl Rhoads. The legislation prohibits licensed medical professionals from either offering conversion therapy or advertising services to people under the age of 18 years old.

Punishment may include loss of licensure, although SB 270 is a bit vague about the consequences of contravening the statute.

The legislation found extremely wide support in Hawaii’s Democrat-controlled legislature, where Republicans control just five seats in the 76-member body. The Senate, which boasts not a single conservative lawmaker in its chambers, passed SB 270 in March with just one dissenting vote. Just two legislators voted against the bill in the House earlier this month.

It’s important to note that even overwhelming consensus from state legislators does not a law make.

Before a bill can become official state policy, it has to go through a number of important steps. In cases where the House and Senate voted on two slightly different versions of a piece of legislation (e.g., due to amendments proposed by lawmakers), the draft bill is sent to a conference committee where the two chambers are tasked with agreeing on a compromise.

When the two parties can’t reach an agreement, the bill is effectively dead. This sort of thing happens with legislation all the time, largely due to obstruction on either side of the aisle. Previous attempts to pass conversion therapy in Hawaii failed when the House refused to bring the legislation up for a vote.

SB 270 passed through conference on Friday, but it has a pair of additional hurdles to clear before advocates can declare conversion therapy the law of the land.

First, the both chambers have to vote on the compromise bill offered by the committee. That vote is scheduled to take place on Tuesday. Should the House and Senate agree on a finalized version of SB 270, the conversion therapy ban is still not a done deal. It will then head to Gov. David Ige to sign into law, and Ige has the authority to veto the legislation if he so chooses.

That scenario is highly unlikely. Three years ago the Democrat approved one of the nation’s most progressive pieces of pro-trans legislation, allowing trans people to update birth certificates without a surgical requirement.

But even with the governor’s likely support, the intent to sign is not the same as an actual signatureand there are no sure things in politics.

There’s another major issue with claiming that Hawaii is the 12th state to approve a conversion therapy ban, which was likewise reported in outlets like the Huffington Post, PinkNews, and Jezebel. Should Gov. Ige lend his official support to the bill, the Aloha State would only be the 11th state to do so.

Where did the additional state come from, one might ask?

Many publicationsincluding Out and The Hillclaimed Maryland has banned conversion therapy, but the state is in a similar position to Hawaii.

In April, Maryland’s House of Representatives voted 95 to 27 favor of a bill outlawing the anti-LGBTQ practice following heartfelt testimony from Del. Meagan Simonaire. The Republican lawmaker claimed her parents sought out conversion therapy while she was a bisexual teenager struggling with her sexuality.

“[I]t’s impossible to fix something that was never broken in the first place,” Simonaire told colleagues, adding that the issue is about “basic human decency.”

Although the Senate had already passed the legislation by a 34 to 12 margin, Gov. Larry Hogan must next offer his verdict on Senate Bill 1028. Hogan is a Republican, but it’s believed he will sign the legislation to avoid being painted as a homophobe by opponents in the next gubernatorial race.

The conservative has yet to issue a statement on SB 1028’s fate.

Another state which is widely cited to have banned conversion therapy is New York, but despite such claims in On Top Magazine, The Randy Report, and Joe.My.God, that’s not exactly true.

After a statewide bill to prohibit the practice stalled in the New York State Legislature, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order in 2016 blocking insurance providers from covering medical entities which claim to be able to “change” the sexual orientation or gender identity of LGBTQ youth.

That regulation is a step in the right direction, but it has largely been up to local municipalities in the state to take sweeping action where Albany has failed.

Erie County in upstate New York approved a conversion therapy ban earlier this yearan ordinance which at one time was named for Vice President Mike Pence. New York City passed similar legislation in November, while Albany County has signaled its intention to follow suit.

At the time of writing, the states which have passed a conversion therapy ban at the statewide level include California, Connecticut, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia. In addition to the pending bill in Hawaii, New Hampshire looks to be next on the ever-growing list.

It might appear pedantic to fact-check what are minor distinctions, but accurate reporting is crucial in illustrating the scope of conversion therapyas well as the work that lies ahead to criminalize the anti-LGBTQ treatment in all 50 states.

A January report from UCLA’s pro-LGBTQ think tank The Williams Institute estimates that approximately 698,000 adults in the U.S. are survivors of conversion therapy.