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Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf signed an executive order discouraging conversion therapy. Why does that matter?

Smart Talk

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order last month directing state agencies to discourage the practice of conversion therapy. Conversion therapy is the discredited and unscientific practice of trying to change someone's sexual orientation or gender identity. There are 20 states across the country that have passed laws explicitly prohibiting licensed professionals from engage in conversion therapy on minors. There are another five states that have executive orders similar to what was issued in Pennsylvania that specifically address state funding. Casey Peck, senior fellow for advocacy and government affairs with The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and mental health organization for LGBTQ youth; and Carmen McKinney, a licensed clinical social worker for Alder Health, which provides affirming mental health care for LGBTQ community in central Pennsylvania; and Matthew Shurka, who co-founded Born Perfect, a national campaign working to end conversion therapy were on Smart Talk to discuss the importance of the executive order. When he was 16-years-old, Shirk was put through conversion therapy. "They try to find out what traumas I went through as a kid, and their theory was that some kind of traumatic experience caused my same sex attraction and that innately everyone is heterosexual and cis gender," Shurka said. ", I had a pretty good upbringing, so it was harder to define the cause of why I was gay and what their diagnosis was. I'm from the third child. The youngest of three are two older sisters, a mother that I was very close to and what they describe as a working distant father. And they said, this is the reason why I have I'm confused about my masculinity and I need to correct the rules in my own home." Shurka was then told he could not talk to his sisters and mother for three years and had to learn to "be one of the guys," he said. "And they explained that as long as they spend more time with the male figures, father, uncles, male cousins or the boys at school, I will learn how to be more connected to the guys and heal any issues they had in my masculinity," Shurka said. Gov. Wolf's executive order aims to prevent the experiences Shurka went through from happening to other people. "It specifically encourages the state mental health licensing boards to prohibit conversion therapy by licensed professionals throughout the state," Peck said. "And also directs that there be additional training and information for state agencies that are working with LGBTQ people so as to actually not only prevent things like conversion therapy, but also try and improve the experience for LGBTQ folks who are making use of state programs where all too often we see disparities in outcomes and some experiences of discrimination." Organization like Adler Health provide affirming care to the LGBTQ community. "Affirming care is just therapy that affirms who a person is, whether that is related to their sexual orientation, their gender identity," McKinney said. "It provides them with the space to explore who they are. If that's why they're coming to therapy and receive affirming care for the same reasons everyone else comes to therapy: depression, anxiety, relationship issues. Lets people get the same care that everyone else does." McKinney added that conversion therapy is not therapy and any mental health professional practicing it is actually going against their professional code of ethics.Support WITF: https://www.witf.org/support/give-now/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


9 Sep 2022

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S02E35 - Formerly Incarcerated, Formerly Homeless, Recovering Addict: San Franciscan Tom Wolf

From Darkness to Life

By the time our guest Tom Wolf first encountered San Francisco Police Officer Rob Gilson, his addiction was spinning out of control. He was sitting in his car in the midst of a 10-day bender in the city's drug-ridden Tenderloin district. Wolf believes that without Gilson's compassion, he would most likely be dead by now.Tom takes us through his journey from blue collar, family man into addiction, homelessness, and incarceration. Tom shares openly about his experiences along the way and what saved his life. Now in recovery, Tom uses his voice as a recovery advocate not only in San Fransisco but across the country. Check out Tom’s website at https://www.tomwolf.org.

1hr 11mins

2 Jun 2022

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Sprayers 101 Meets AHHP: Happy Hour With Jason Deveau & Tom Wolf

Agronomists Happy Hour

Happy hour this week was spent with Jason Deveau and Tom Wolf, the creators of Sprayers 101. Not only have we utilized their sprayers 101 resource for insights to share with so many over the years, but they are an absolute load of fun to chat with and connoisseurs of beer.If you have never checked out sprayers 101 (which we assume you have) please do so by going to their website: www.sprayers101.comYou can find both Jason and Tom on Twitter as well@Spray_Guy (Jason)@nozzle_guy (Tom)

1hr 26mins

9 May 2022

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Tom Wolf Hates Transparency - Generally Assembled – 4-28-22

PA House

State Rep. Kate Klunk makes her debut on GA with Jason Gottesman and Neal Lesher - They discuss the stone wall impeding those who want to get information about Covid response, smart justice, and play PA Dems or San Francisco.


29 Apr 2022

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Tom Wolf Hates Transparency - Generally Assembled – 4-28-22

Generally Assembled

State Rep. Kate Klunk makes her debut on GA with Jason Gottesman and Neal Lesher - They discuss the stone wall impeding those who want to get information about Covid response, smart justice, and play PA Dems or San Francisco.


29 Apr 2022

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PA Gov. Tom Wolf, Democrats Outline A Proposal For $1.7 Billion In Pandemic Funds

WSKG Story of The Day

PA Gov. Tom Wolf, Democrats Outline A Proposal For $1.7 Billion In Pandemic Funds by WSKG News


11 Feb 2022

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Managing Herbicide Shortages with Eric Johnson and Tom Wolf

Wheat Profit

As we move towards spring, it's a good time to start thinking about herbicides and weed management for the coming season. Looming supply chain issues and the glyphosate shortage and price increase may leave some producers scrambling for pre-burn options this spring. Over the last year, we have seen the price of glyphosate rise significantly due to a storm of factors, including COVID supply chain issues, environmental actions in China, which has reduced outputs, hurricane damage to Bayer's largest glyphosate plant, and extremely high global phosphate prices. The shortage and increased cost of glyphosate creates significant challenges for pre-burn this spring and creates higher demand for tank mixes and alternative products, which could lead to tighter supplies of these products as demands increase. In this episode of the Wheat Profit Podcast, we will be discussing strategies to compensate for glyphosate shortage and how to make the most of the product we are spraying. We will speak to herbicide expert Eric Johnson and sprayer expert Tom Wolf to provide some insight into strategies for the coming spring. Eric Johnson is the Research officer for the Crop Imaging and Agronomy Lab at the University of Saskatchewan, and Tom Wolf is the Managing Partner of Agrimetrix. Resources:  https://www.saskatchewan.ca/business/agriculture-natural-resources-and-industry/agribusiness-farmers-and-ranchers/crops-and-irrigation/weeds/water-quality-and-herbicides https://sprayers101.com/dealing-with-pesticide-shortages-in-2022/


31 Jan 2022

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The Agronomists, Ep 53: Tom Wolf and Greg Dahl on spray additives

The Agronomists

There are significant differences between what is available in Canada and the U.S. when it comes to adjuvant additions to the spray tank. But that’s not to say there aren’t options for Canadian farmers — there are — and knowing what’s available, how they work, and when to use them is key to getting the... Read More

1hr 4mins

18 Jan 2022

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Ep. 24 Tom Wolf and Chief Dale McFee Confront Pathological Altruism

Confronting The Madness

Pathological Altruism: Behavior in which attempts to promote the welfare of another, or others, results instead in harm that an external observer would conclude was reasonably foreseeable. Over the holidays, I read a book by author Michael Schellenberger, "San Fransicko: Why progressives are ruining cities."  The book posits that progressive policies on homelessness, inequality, and crime have made the cities that progressives control worse, not better.  Schellenberger believes that the real problem isn't a lack of housing or money for social programs. The real problem is an ideology that designates some people, by identity or experience, as victims entitled to destructive behaviors. The result is an undermining of the values that make cities and civilization itself possible. Mr. Tom Wolf appears prominently in San Fransicko. Tom is a former homeless heroin addict who has now become an advocate for recovery. While reading the book, I couldn't help but be impressed by Tom. He has the voice of lived experience combined with a pragmatic, empathetic, and non-ideological approach. I was thrilled he agreed to speak on this episode. I was also grateful to have City of Edmonton Police Chief Dale McFee join in the conversation. Dale is a systems-oriented thinker who has been leading transformational change within Edmonton Police Force. We discuss homelessness, addiction, mental illness, drug and housing policies, policing, and politics. We also draw on Tom's experiences in San Francisco to help us consider the type of policies our cities in Canada need to investigate further. I loved this conversation and am grateful to have had the opportunity to listen to Tom and Dale grapple with some of the most intractable challenges of our time.

1hr 26mins

15 Jan 2022

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San Francisco's Addiction Crisis w/ Former Homeless Heroin Addict Tom Wolf

Adult Child

In today's episode, we take a deep dive into the addiction and homeless epidemic ravaging the streets of San Francisco. Andrea is joined by Thomas Wolf, a former heroin addict turned recovery advocate. Thomas shares his story of hitting rock bottom and his perspective on San Francisco's Drug Crisis. Tom Wolf WebsiteTom Wolf TwitterThe Dr. Drew Podcast (Apple)The Dr. Drew Podcast (Spotify)Follow Andrea on social -www.instagram.com/adultchildpodwww.tiktok.com/@adultchildpodQuestion & Comments - Hit a Girl UpEmail  me @ andrea@adultchildpodcast.comOr leave a voicemail @ 415-562-8050Support the show

1hr 2mins

28 Jul 2021