Neal Schindler

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A native of Detroit, Neal Schindler has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 2002. 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. His interests include movies, Scrabble, and indie rock. He lives with his wife, 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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