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Exodus International Closing

The Downfall of Exodus International Signals Change

Mia Norton | Posted 09.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Mia Norton

Exodus International and similar organizations may not be performing frontal lobotomies to try to alter one's sexual orientation, but the psychological damage that has been inflicted on countless people is indisputable.

For Exodus International, Is Forgiveness Possible?

Rev. Cody J. Sanders | Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Cody J. Sanders

As LGBTQ people everywhere celebrate by reveling in the rubble of the once-towering figure on the treacherous ex-gay landscape, forgiveness seems a subject far from our minds.

Exodus 'Ex-Gays' and an Effeminate Boy

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Exodus International leader Alan Chambers apologized recently for the harm done to LGBT people by the so-called "ex-gay" movement. In that moment, the face that came to mind for me was the bruised, burned and emaciated face of 15-year-old Raymond Buys.

Should We Forgive the Repentant Leader of an 'Ex-Gay' Ministry?

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg | Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

His apology reads as sincere and heartfelt, to be sure. But it raises some bigger questions: What are the possibilities and limits of forgiveness? What does true redemption look like? Do the people hurt by Chambers' actions have an obligation to forgive?

An Open Letter to Exodus International's Super-Remorseful Alan Chambers

John Shore | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices
John Shore

I heard you say that you regret the way in which Exodus communicated its message. And I definitely heard you repeatedly say that it's high time for the church to start welcoming gay people. But I never heard you say that it's OK for people to be gay.

Hasta La Vista, Exodus International

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

There are not enough words in the world to undo the harm done to LGBT people who have been damaged, devalued and, in far too many cases, destroyed by the toxic narrative that their sexual orientation was an illness to be cured.

As 'Gay Cure' Ministry Exodus International Closes, Insights From an 'Incurable'

Danielle Kaufman, M.D. | Posted 08.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Danielle Kaufman, M.D.

I know that my gender identity is most definitely not a choice. Had I been given a choice, I would have chosen a gender identity congruent with my body's sex. I have suffered enormous, unspeakable pain for decades from having my real gender identity in conflict with my birth sex.