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07/31/2013

Today in broken mirrors: 'Ex-gay' org that stigmatizes, marginalizes, puts gays at risk claims it's in 'healing' biz

by Jeremy Hooper

This comes from PFOX, the advocacy organization with the sole focus on promoting the scientifically-discredited lie that gay people can and should change:

Coming out of the closet as ex-gay or an ex-gay supporter will affect others because everyone has a family. But the alternative is worse – to stay in the closet and hide your light under a basket; to refuse to be the salt of this earth to others who are struggling in secret and think they're the only ones who have this problem; to leave our comfort zone and take up the cross (coming out can be a sacrifice, no doubt about it); to have the courage to speak the truth even though we tremble. No one said it was going to be easy, but the alternative is worse because silence is death. How many gay men would still be alive today if someone had told them that there was a way out of homosexuality? AIDS and suicide took them away from us. It is up to each and every one of us to educate ourselves, our families, our politicians, our community, and our churches on the ex-gay issue. The more we talk about it the less shocked they and society will become, and healing will finally take place. [PFOX]

Uh huh, right, PFOX—the way you lower sexually-transmitted diseases is to fight peace of mind, self-acceptance, confident adjustments into adulthood, and equal marriage rights. And yeah, the way you combat suicide is to tell long-persecuted people who feel so sense of being able to "change" that they absolutely must if they want to live happy and healthy lives. Suuuuuuuuuuuure. You all have it right on the money. [::snark-dripping writer shakes head then converts his eyes from straight to rolled::]

I'd like to think that if PFOX knew how dangerous their operation really is, they'd shut down ASAP. It's just too harsh for me to believe that they know the harms they cause and still continue to cause them.

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