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Neal Schindler

Neal Schindler

A native of Detroit, Neal Schindler has lived in the Pacific Northwest for 14 years. He has held staff positions at Seattle Weekly and The Seattle Times and was a freelance writer for Jew-ish.com from 2007 to 2011. Schindler was raised in a Reconstructionist Jewish congregation and is now a member of Spokane’s Reform congregation, Emanu-El. He is the director of Spokane Area Jewish Family Services and also works as a copy editor at the Spokesman-Review. His interests include movies, Scrabble, and indie rock. He lives with his wife, baby son, and two cats in West Central Spokane.

Final frontiers: “Conversion therapy” and “Star Trek”

The Outcast,” comes across as quite forward-thinking for 1992, when it first aired. The episode not only deals compassionately and thoughtfully with matters of gender identity — hardly a buzzword in early-’90s America — but also makes a powerful case against “conversion therapy,” the widely discredited practice of trying to “convert” gay or lesbian counseling clients to heterosexuality.

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