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The Ex-Gay Movement Provided A “Safe Space” For Hating Myself
A Quirky Queer Quaker playfully exploring the serious worlds o...
I lived in that stew of hate and fear for nearly 20 years.
Out of Exodus: Interview with Alan & Leslie Chambers
Author of "Vulnerable Faith" & "The Cost of Community"
At that time, Chambers apologized for the damage Exodus had done to so many people. While maintaining that much good had been done in the organization, he admitted that they had also brought a great deal of suffering.
What Josh Duggar, Sam Rader and Adam and Eve Have in Common
Sings in the queer alt country band Indiana Queen. Scorpio.
I can't really pinpoint the moment when I knew I was gay because it was such a gradual unveiling due to constant repression.
Five Problems With Christian Evangelism (and What to Do Instead)
Author of 'postChristian,' host of 'Homebrewed CultureCast'
Part of that comes from the scandals the media love to feed on like a carcass any time one emerges. But another is because we leave so many with a bitter taste in their mouths with our recruitment (read: evangelism) techniques.
Former 'Ex-Gay Poster Boy' Comes Out
Curtis M. Wong
Love Wins: The Shifting Landscape on LGBT Issues in the Evangelical Church
President Emeritus, Young Democrats of America
Today I identify as a gay evangelical Christian, and I have a unique understanding and perspective from both sides of an issue that has become the cultural flashpoint of our generation.
For Millennial Evangelicals
Writer and performer
Let me start by saying "Love Song for a Savior" on Jars of Clay's
album helped me survive the darkest moments of 8th grade.
Why Apple Banned These Religious Apps
U.S. Air Force Academy -- It Doesn't Get Better
Attorney, former Marine and airline pilot; co-chair, Forum on...
Setting off yet another scandal, the United States Air Force Academy has hired and promoted "ex-gay" cure advocate, Dr. Michael Rosebush, USAFA 1975, as a staff member for the Academy's Center of Character and Leadership Development.
Why 'Ex-Gay' Organization's Former President Still Rejects Labels
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ANOTHER Ex-Gay Leader Apologizes To LGBT Community
Evangelical Shift on Gays: Less Fear, More Heart
Author, 'Confessions of a Secular Jesus Follower'
The more promising direction is the one framed by Alan Chambers, and by a widening stream of younger Christians who follow Jesus toward a more open-hearted relationship with their gay fellow citizens. Less fear. More heart.
The Downfall of Exodus International Signals Change
Blogger, Multifarious Mama
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.
Why I Love the Westboro Baptist Church
Wife. Mother. Writer. Cancer thriver.
The Westboro Baptist Church has made it embarrassing to be homophobic. And for that I thank them.
Politicians Have Not Been the Leaders of the Gay Rights Movement
Joan E. Dowlin
We were compared to drug addicts and the mentally ill. We were even preached to that God hates us. Is it any wonder we were all in the closet back then?
Shock the Gay Away: Secrets of Early Gay Aversion Therapy Revealed (PHOTOS)
Project Manager, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
Before the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder in 1973, aversion therapy was used routinely in hopes that it would prevent or eliminate homosexual behavior.
As 'Gay Cure' Ministry Exodus International Closes, Insights From an 'Incurable'
Danielle Kaufman, M.D.
Radiologist and Chief of Nuclear Medicine, Kaiser Permanente
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.
Is The Ex-Gay Movement Ending?
Reparative therapy to convert gays into straight people is nearly 100 years old, yet the extent of its damage is just beginning to be understood. Therapists and survivors join us for a look at conversion therapy's history and declining legitimacy.
For Exodus International, Is Forgiveness Possible?
Rev. Cody J. Sanders
Baptist Minister and Pastoral Theologian
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.
The Exodus of Exodus: Paradigms and Possibility
Zach J. Hoag
Author, Preacher, Binge-Watcher
By now, the big news from Exodus International, to the tune that they are sorry and they are shutting down, is old news. Is it a meaningful, important shift -- a step forward in the journey toward a more reasonable and humane understanding of homosexuality within the evangelical community?
Exodus Is Gone, But the 'Ex-Gay' Message Stubbornly Persists
Founder, Truth Wins Out
Although this was a monumental victory, the fight is not over. Just as the election of Barack Obama did not eradicate racism, the death of Exodus is not the death of homophobia.
Exodus 'Ex-Gays' and an Effeminate Boy
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson
Activist, Speaker, Author, Pastor
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.
WATCH: Exodus Co-Founder Recounts Painful Aftermath Of 'Ex-Gay' Practices
The End of Exodus Doesn't Mean the End of 'Ex-Gay' Movements
Rev. Emily C. Heath
Clergy, United Church of Christ
Exodus taught that gays and lesbians could either change or repress their sexual attractions through a process of prayer and counseling. So its disappearance is a major change in the ex-gay ministry landscape. But the ideas behind Exodus' ministry continue to thrive.
Should We Forgive the Repentant Leader of an 'Ex-Gay' Ministry?
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
Author, 'Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustrat...
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?
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