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EXODUS INTERNATIONAL SHUTTING DOWN
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
An Open Letter to Exodus International's Super-Remorseful Alan Chambers
Author, "Ashes to Asheville."
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
Episcopal priest and activist from Pasadena, Calif.
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.
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