Queer Action Coalition

Thursday, September 15, 2005


A lawyer for Love In Action contacted the State of TN late yesterday claiming to have recieved their letter that day, and thereby requested to still recieve the one week time span in order to apply for licensing, or cease operation. It appears that information will be made available about their decision next friday.


  • The seven day extension sounds like a delaying tactic by LIA lawyers. According to Ms. Lassiter, the state sent two certified letters to LIA. Their claim that they just got one of them on 14Sept sounds fishy. I believe they are playing games with the state. Since the second letter was reportedly sent on 8Sep, it should not take four business days (even for the USPS) to go from Nashville to Memphis. I suspect that LIA saw the writing on the wall and deliberately choose to not pick up their certified (signature requiring) mail. Their hope would be to allow enough cover to delay the state as long as possible.

    By Anonymous mudd, at 8:12 PM  

  • Scum. Pure and simple.

    I do wonder what they plan to do with their seven days...

    By Blogger Willie Hewes, at 12:45 AM  

  • Did y'all catch the possible charges EJ posted about? Not just insurance fraud but possible precribing w/o a license. If anyone in Memphis is looking for a job, they have posted 2 positions open as house manager.

    By Blogger Ol Cranky, at 2:16 PM  

  • They "just got the letter". You ever notice that you just can't trust anything that the anti-gay crowd says?

    Apparantly in all their Bible quoting, they never noticed that "Thou shalt not lie" and "Thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor" are two of the ten commandments ("thou shalt not be gay" didn't make it onto God's top ten list).

    By Anonymous Timothy, at 5:52 PM  

  • for the record...EJ i believe made a typo or had the wording wrong, they never "prescribed medicine", they simply administered it to clients. A client would have already been prescribed meds, and a house maniger would've held the meds and given them out...

    Now, after looking at their JOB OPENINGS, they are looking for two house managers...they have "two unlicensed mental health live-in facilities", and thus, we're left to assume this means they're looking for two licensed counselors who will then make them "legit"....The info that I recieved was that basically this was all it would take to get them licensed, how ever there is also the potential charge that their live-in facilities are not zoned properly, i.e. they're in a residential district, not sure what all this entails but something to the effect that in a residential zone you can only have X amount of people living there, etc...

    More info as it come..

    By Blogger Fighting Homophobia, at 11:01 AM  

  • Hot diggity dawg!
    I need a job! And room and board thrown in too?

    Hmmmm....I am an aethiest, or an atheist, or something other then christians.....will they hire me?

    What are Tennessee's laws concerning anti-Gay discrimination in the workplace or hiring? And room and board?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:13 AM  

  • It will be interesting to see how LIA draws on their status as a "ministry" to attempt to operate without a license. But even their ministry status is dodgy at best. As I wrote on my blog recently, John Smid is licensed to minister only as a free gift from Germantown Baptist Church. He never attended college or seminary.

    Many of these programs present themselves as authorities about mental health and about spiritual life yet they do not have the credentials. Sure it is legal, but that doesn't make it right.

    By Blogger Peterson Toscano, at 2:41 PM  

  • Also, EJ mentioned the possiblity of insurance fraud. I doubt that this is very likely since LiA doesn't accept insurance. All funds must be paid by the client. There have been some cases where a church has stepped in to help a client pay his/her fees. They also have (or had) a scholarship fund again supported by various churches and donors.

    By Anonymous Jeff Harwoo, at 10:16 AM  

  • re:love in action doesn't accept insurance

    not according to tommy corman:

    'Corman has worked at Love in Action for about a year and a half. He said that though the program
    advertises treatment for problems associated with drugs, alcohol and pornography, it is
    homosexuality, which the organization sees as a “deviant sexual behavior,” that is the main focus of
    the program. Corman said that some clients come to Love in Action after de-toxing from drugs to
    “heal” themselves of homosexuality.

    Corman said that he has helped clients convince insurance companies to cover the costs of the

    from a story by eartha melzer

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:03 PM  

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