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Pray Away the Gay

'I'm Not Gay No More'

Craig Stewart | Posted 11.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Craig Stewart

I've seen the video of the gay man being "delivered" in church. Some find it funny. I think it's sad. And I don't blame him, because it's not his fault. It's the delusion, deception and power of the church (man). Many gay men have tried to pray the gay away, just not publicly.

Finding Pride After Periods of Shame

Gregory G. Allen | Posted 08.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Gregory G. Allen

When I moved to New York City in 1987, I was an 18-year-old closeted man unsure of what life had in store. A friend of my mother's back in Texas said she knew people who ran a church in the city, and this Southern Baptist boy was looking for something that reminded him of home and was eager to join them.

Another State May Soon Ban Gay Conversion Therapy For Minors

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics

The practice of so-called "conversion" therapy on minors -- in which therapists attempt to "cure" their patients of homosexuality -- could soon be ban...

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.

Just Because He Breathes: Learning to Truly Love Our Gay Son

Linda Robertson | Posted 08.31.2013 | Gay Voices
Linda Robertson

We told our son that he had to choose between Jesus and his sexuality. Choosing God, practically, meant living a lifetime condemned to being alone. So, just before his 18th birthday, Ryan, depressed, suicidal and disillusioned, made a new choice.

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.

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.

Judge William Shubb's Injudicious View of 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Wayne Besen | Posted 02.04.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

In an odd court decision released Monday, federal judge William Shubb temporarily blocked California from enforcing S.B. 1172, a groundbreaking law that prohibits anti-gay therapists from trying to turn gay minors straight. It seems Shubb is a bit confused about the First Amendment.

The Top 10 Ex-Gay Stories of 2011

Wayne Besen | Posted 02.22.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

In June I penned a column that predicted that so-called "ex-gay" programs would crumble from internal rot. In the months since, the decline of these "pray away the gay" organizations has only accelerated.

Back From the Quest for GOP Presidential Candidate Fist Bumps

Andy McDonald | Posted 01.11.2012 | Comedy
Andy McDonald

Please, enjoy these GOP presidential candidate fist bumps I made for you. Yes, you.

Apple Should Dump 'Ex-Gay' iPhone App

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Wayne Besen

Apple doesn't allow racist or anti-Semitic apps in its app store, yet it gives the green light to an app written by an anti-gay extremist group that condones violence against LGBT people.