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Former Ex-Gay Leaders Unite in Opposition to Conversion Therapy
~ July, 2014
"Conversion Therapy, also known as "reparative therapy", "ex-gay therapy," or "sexual orientation change efforts" (SOCE), professes to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to change or overcome their sexual orientation or gender identity. The majority of those who practice this "therapy" often do so with little or no formal psychological training, operating instead from a strict religious perspective, believing homosexuality to be a "sin."
At one time, we were not only deeply involved in these "ex-gay" programs, we were the founders, the leaders, and the promoters. Together we represent more than half a century of experience, so few people are more knowledgeable about the ineffectiveness and harm of conversion therapy. We know first-hand the terrible emotional and spiritual damage it can cause, especially for LGBT youth. We once believed that there was something morally wrong and psychologically "broken" about being LGBT. We know better now. We once believed that sexual orientation or gender identity were somehow chosen or could be changed. We know better now. We once thought it was impossible to embrace our sexual orientation or sexual identity as an intrinsic, healthy part of who we are and who we were created to be. We know better now. Looking back, we were just believing (and sometimes teaching) what we had been taught - that our identity needed mending. We grew up being told that being LGBT was disordered, sick, mentally ill, sinful, and displeasing to God. We grew up being told that loving, same-sex relationships were shallow, lust-driven, deceived, disordered, and impossible.
Read the full Article on the NCLR website.
Exodus International To Shut Down
~ June 19, 2013
Exodus International, the oldest and largest Christian ministry dealing with faith and homosexuality announced tonight that it's closing its doors after three-plus decades of ministry. The Board of Directors reached a decision after a year of dialogue and prayer about the organization's place in a changing culture.
"We're not negating the ways God used Exodus to positively affect thousands of people, but a new generation of Christians is looking for change - and they want to be heard," Tony Moore, Board member of Exodus. The message came less than a day after Exodus released a statement apologizing to the gay community for years of undue judgment by the organization and the Christian Church as a whole.
Gay Men Sue Counselors Who Promised To Make Them Straight
~ Nov 27, 2012
Before Sheldon Bruck told his orthodox Jewish parents he was gay, the teenager looked for a way out of homosexuality.
His search led him to JONAH -- Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing -- which claimed on its website to help people "struggling with unwanted same-sex sexual attractions."
JONAH co-director Arthur Goldberg promised Bruck, then 17, that "JONAH could help him change his orientation from gay to straight," according to a consumer fraud lawsuit filed Tuesday against JONAH, Goldberg and a JONAH counselor.
"This is the first time that plaintiffs have sought to hold conversion therapists liable in a court of law," said Samuel Wolfe, a lawyer with the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Read the full Article on CNN U.S.
Lisa Ling Interview With Alan Chambers
~ Aug 21, 2012
Christian Group Backs Away From Ex-Gay Therapy
~ June 27, 2012
The president of the country's best-known Christian ministry dedicated to helping people repress same-sex attraction through prayer is trying to distance the group from the idea that gay people's sexual orientation can be permanently changed or "cured."
That's a significant shift for Exodus International, the 36-year-old Orlando-based group that boasts 260 member ministries around the U.S. and world. For decades, it has offered to help conflicted Christians rid themselves of unwanted homosexual inclinations through counseling and prayer, infuriating gay rights activists in the process.
Read the full Article on YahooNews
Former Ex-Gay Ministry Leader Comes Out, Recants Previous Teachings
~ by Zack Ford, Oct 11, 2011
John Smid resigned as Love in Action's executive director in 2008 and since then has slowly been rethinking his understandings of sexuality and his beliefs about homosexuality.
NO ONE CHANGES: "One cannot repent of something that is unchangeable... I also want to reiterate here that the transformation for the vast majority of homosexuals will not include a change of sexual orientation. Actually I've never met a man who experienced a change from homosexual to heterosexual."
NOT JUST BEHAVIOR: "I used to define homosexuality or heterosexuality in terms describing one's behavior. I thought it made sense and through the years often wrote articles and talked from that perspective. Today, I understand why the gay community had such an issue with my writings. My perspective denied so many facets of the homosexual experience. I minimized a person's life to just their sexuality but homosexuality is much more than sex."
Read the full Article on ThinkProgress LGBT .
Reasons I Went Ex-Gay
~ Peterson Toscano - Ex-Gay Survivor
Married Gay Couple Return to 'Ex-Gay' Mininstry Where They Met
~ Videos by Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out
KC and Larry Jansson met at Love in Action while trying to "pray away the gay". The two men fell in love and are now legally married. The Jansson's story was featured recently in the Dallas Voice's Valentine's Day issue.
Enjoy this story of true love and genuine acceptance.
Truth Wins Out Ex-Gay Consumer Fraud Division - an EXCELLENT website with subjects arranged according to History of the Ex-Gay Ministries, a listing of Ex-Gay Ministries with descriptions of each, Ex-Gay Tactics, Ex-Gay Therapy, and Resources like books, videos, etc. This website is definitely worth spending some time on.
Watch TWO's Wayne Besen on The Rachel Maddow Show
~ posted by Wayne Besen, Sept 17, 2010
On Friday, I appeared on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow show.
We discussed Delaware's bizarre and extreme GOP Senate nominee, Christine O'Donnell and her deep roots in the so-called "ex-gay" industry. As the director of The Savior's Alliance for Lifting the Truth (SALT), she had an ex-gay program led by Wade Richards. He came out of the closet and O'Donnell, like a loving Christian, abandoned him, showing that she is cruel, unforgiving and mean-spirited.
Masters & Johnson's Notorious "Ex-Gay" Study Debunked
~ posted by Wayne Besen, June 2, 2009
Exclusive Truth Wins Out Interview with Thomas Maier
For decades, anti-gay organizations have gleefully pointed to Masters & Johnson's 1979 book, "Homosexuality in Perspective", that claimed to cure homosexuality. Indeed, Dr. William H. Masters and Virgina E. Johnson, the husband and wife sex research team, went on Meet the Press on Sunday, April 22, 1979, to discuss their finding that homosexuals could be converted into heterosexuals. The book has since been used by the so-called "ex-gay" industry to "prove" gays could go straight, if they just tried hard enough.
In his groundbreaking new book, "Masters of Sex", author Thomas Maier discovered through investigative reporting that the results of Masters & Johnson's study were entirely fabricated. Virginia Johnson acknowledged that the results were fake. She had actually argued in 1978 that book should never have seen the light of day - but it was already too late in the publishing process to undo the damage.
One can not overstate the importance of Maier's findings. They undo the very underpinnings of the so-called "ex-gay" therapy movement, further showing that there is no scientific evidence or data to support the outdated idea that gay people can become heterosexual through therapy. Indeed, many people who have undergone such "treatment" claim the experience was harmful and that they were psychologically damaged. The American Psychiatric Association says that attempts to change sexual orientation can lead to "anxiety, depression and self-destructive behavior."
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Darlene Bogle - Author of A Christian Lesbian Journey
"I was a former leader in Exodus International and directed an ex-gay ministry in Hayward, California in the 1980's and early l990's where I was an assistant pastor in a Foursquare Church. I had been a national spokesperson for ex-gay ministry, having appeared on such programs as Sally Jesse Raphael,
CBS 48 Hours and Jerry Springer. During that time I authored several books and hundreds of articles promoting an ex-gay lifestyle. My life and ministry changed at a women's retreat as I was sharing my journey of emotional healing, when I met Des. Our instant attraction grew into love and we began our journey of discovering who we were as gay Christians. . . . ."
Be sure to watch the videos on Darlene's website!
ExGay Watch - "I founded the Ex-Gay Watch web site in 2002 to promote new voices in the social dialogue regarding so-called ex-gays.
After two years of writing 20 hours per week (or more) about ex-gay political activists, I began to run out of energy and time.
XGW could have ended right there, but two excellent writer/researchers - Daniel Gonzales and Timothy Kincaid - stepped in, rescued Ex-Gay Watch, and took the project to the next level. At a time before 'Make it work!' became a popular catchphrase, that's what Daniel and Timothy did - spectacularly.
XGW further evolved with the issues and changing times in 2007 when David Roberts took over as editor and recruited additional writers who were diverse in perspective and geography.
With the web site in capable hands, I'm ready to move on and pursue a more activist approach against efforts by ex-gay political activists to undermine equality, freedom of speech, religious freedom, and sexual honesty.
The specifics of that different approach will be announced in the near future. Meantime, Ex-Gay Watch has exciting plans of its own.
Best wishes to the writers and commenters of Ex-Gay Watch. As a certain hero of mine would say: 'Carry on!'" ~ by Auf Wiedersehen
Peterson Toscano's Musing Blogspot - an ex-gay survivor and Creator of Doin' Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House.
Truth Wins Out (TWO) - Fighting Right Wing Lies and the "Ex-Gay" Fraud
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