Good As You: Ex-Gays Roundup

07/15/2008

Exodus summer vacation: Is gayness or reality being vacated?

Today in Asheville, NC, the Exodus International organization is holding day one of their six-day "freedom conference." For those uninitiated, this is the event at which hundreds of gays, religious folks, and family members who think they know more about...

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07/07/2008

Video: Rocky Mountain 'Hi, we reject your baseless queer demonization'

Does the misguided, discredited "ex-gay" movement trouble you? Do you plan to spend the days following the November presidential election embracing "change we can believe in" and rejecting "change that no credible scientist believes in"? Are you fond of the...

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07/02/2008

Exodus staffers returning to Dick (Cohen)?

For the past few years, the nation's most mainstream "ex-gay" group, Exodus International, has run a statement distancing themselves from the work of the pillow-beating, children's book-writing, formerly-and-possibly-still Moon-connected fringe activist Richard Cohen. It read like so: Exodus International does...

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07/01/2008

Hmm...maybe they think it's an advocacy group for incontinent foxes?

Did the typically gay-supportive NAACP allow the pro-"ex-gay" PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays) group to exhibit at its 2006 convention? Yes, according to newly-released information that's been obtained by Ex Gay Watch: NAACP Appreciates PFOX Participation, Invites...

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06/10/2008

Video: Thirty years of "Change?! Are you kidding me?!?"

Here at G-A-Y, we often poke fun at the wackity schmackity idea that gays can and should "change" into "ex-gays." However, as you'll see in this clip from a rare National Lampoon HBO special that originally aired in 1978, we...

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06/06/2008

Universal, Disney, 'ex-gay' conference: Orlando truly is land of imagination

Saturday morning in Orlando, folks from PFLAG, Wayne Besen's Truth Wins Our organization, and members of the clergy will hold a silent protest outside of a Love Won Out "ex-gay" conference: Gay activists to protest Orlando event, notion that homosexuality...

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05/23/2008

Reminder: Never hire a CWA staffer to tutor us for the bar

The following faith-based, uncredible information is all posted over on the Concerned Women For America's website under a banner reading "Legal Studies": Radical homosexual activists want you to believe that they, too, are "born that way." The reality is otherwise....

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05/19/2008

LWO's insignia gets some reparative therapy

You know Love won Out, that series of traveling conferences that seeks to turn gays into "ex-gays"? Yea, well, we thought you'd be interested to learn that the "former homosexual" advocates have changed their logo from this slightly modern mark......

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05/13/2008

We're not only open to truth -- we demand it!

Regarding the American Family Outing initiative, through which the gay-accepting Soulforce organization is encouraging dialogue with some of America's megachurches, Jeff Buchanan of the "ex-gay" group Exodus International says the following to Focus on the Family's CitizenLink: "I would be...

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05/06/2008

Audio: Visiting the repair shop, realizing you were never broken

Wanna listen to something light, fun, and airy on this lovely spring afternoon? Well go sit around a campfire and sing your peacenick songs, you dirty hippy! Wanna listen to a former Mormon's depressing yet engaging tale of going through...

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Video: A Stark reality

Does everyone remember Zach Stark, the Tennessee teen who made national headlines back in 2005 when, after his parents forced him into the Love In Action "ex-gay" camp against his will, he shared his frightening experience with the world via...

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04/24/2008

We empathize with story, detest reasons for telling it

A father who beats the mother. A son who subsequently feels detached from masculinity, leading him to seek solace in the arms of any guy who will have him. A gay person who feels himself less attracted to dudes the...

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04/21/2008

'Pray away the gay' vs 'Prayer and sexuality are separate concepts': You decide who's glib

Read this blurb from a recent Focus on the Family article dealing with the scientific community's views on "reparative therapy" and "ex-gay" programs and then we'll get back to you: “We concur with the American Psychological Association’s position that homosexuality...

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04/14/2008

Video: Because, of course, gay = unmanly

Oh girl, please: We know a much more satisfying workout in which a gay man can "go deep" and feel his (and his partner's) "increasing manhood"! And the only coach that our exercise requires is the one that has always...

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Because actuality matters, Caleb!

While we despise much about the way our opposition fights this so-called "culture war," there is one skill they possess that deserves all of our respect. That enhanced inability? They can ignore an 800 lb gorilla in a room like...

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03/27/2008

Denying biological realities does take its toll

The boys at Box Turtle Bulletin have learned that "former homosexual" John Smid has resigned as head of the controversial Love In Action "ex-gay" program: Confirmed: John Smid Has Resigned from Love In Action [LIA] No word on where he'll...

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03/24/2008

Video: Channeling inner-Winehouse, boy says 'no,no,no,' to gay-hab

The fine gents at Box Turtle Bulletin have posted another in their series of videos featuring those who've gone up against the "ex-gay" movement and come out the other side, true sexuality intact. "Ex-dislike it" Enjoy it: A Young Man...

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03/19/2008

Yea, 'ex-gays'? You seriously see this as a win? Odd.

There is a journalistic misstep known as "burying the lead," in which the writer of a piece puts secondary, non-essential information ahead of the article's most pertinent points. And while it is something that most news writers try to avoid,...

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03/18/2008

Audio: Former 'mo projects his problems on gays at large

Professional "ex-gay" Stephen Bennett recently appeared on the Christian program "Help Line" to again tell of all the heinous evils that supposedly made up his gay experience, and to then use those experiences against queer people everywhere. Have a listen:...

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03/06/2008

Is it 'Breakaway' or 'Break-a-gay'?

If forced to choose one of the most unappealing traits of our organized opposition (which is sort of like choosing your least favorite kid), we'd probably have to go with the amount of aggressive certainty in which they shroud all...

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02/20/2008

Video: Have you hugged your gay kids today?

Here a G-A-Y we adore "ex-gay" survivor Peterson Toscano for his lighthearted take on the whole "former homosexual" concept. In this uncharacteristically serious and undeniably poignant video, he shows that he can also do the serious thing pretty well: You...

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Lafferty to counselors: Why do you ignore faith-based vilification?

Responding to the American Counseling Association's decision to inform gay patients of the dangers associated with seeking "change" rather than to unequivocally support the "ex-gay" movement, the Traditional Values Coalition's Andrea Lafferty has issued the following remarks: “In short, the...

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02/19/2008

Organic vs. canned: In veggies or sexuality, the former trumps the latter

Speaking on the Love Won Out "ex-gay" conferences and the growth in participation levels that they claim to have experienced, professional "former lesbian" Melissa Fryrear (pic.) says the following to Focus on the Family's CitizenLink: “Similar to Exodus' experience, in...

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02/07/2008

SHOCKING: Those who claim 'gay change' misrepresent facts

Want a very simple overview of just how unscrupulously proponents of the "ex-gay" movement misuse survey results? Well check out this latest from the so-called People Can Change group. The group has just issued a press release with the headline,...

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02/05/2008

Video: Many out to challenge 'One Out'

When the pro-"ex-gay" Love Won Our conference makes its way to Memphis on February 23, the good folks at Beyond Ex-Gay will be on hand to challenge their whole shebang* with their own message of pro-gay love and support. Here...

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'Ex-gay' wonders why he can't make nut

Do you think the exciting field of professional "ex-gay" advocacy is a lucrative one? Thinking about getting into this get rich quick scheme for yourself? Well you might want to think again, enterprising sillies. For in a newly issued charity...

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02/01/2008

The 'ex-gay' Voice: 50 years older and none the wiser

On the Village Voice's "Runnin' Scared" blog, the venerable NYC alterna-paper runs a daily feature wherein they comb their archives and highlight the funny, odd, notable, and/or wrong-headed items that have run in their past pages. Today's entry highlights a...

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01/18/2008

Video: True desire doesn't need an ad budget!

Because we know you've been waiting, here now is the commercial for Exodus International's 2008 "Freedom Conference": Wow, great theatrics. If only sexual truth and biological reality were pieces of musical theatre wherein dramaturgs and directors could mold the script...

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01/15/2008

What sort of 'change' would we get with Huckabee?

The following has been posted to the discussion forums at HucksArmy.com, a grassroots site in support a Mike Huckabee's White House bid: Post subject: The Huckster Cured my friend's Homosexuality... Hey guys...i'm new to the forum & just recently got...

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01/07/2008

'Ex-gay': Don't cherry pick -- that's my job!

Responding to the activists who lashed out against the Pope for a New Year's message wherein he once again undermined gay families by presenting man-woman marriage as the only acceptable coupling, professional "ex-gay" Randy Thomas says the following to Focus...

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12/17/2007

Video: Just in time for 'X-gay'-mas

And now, a holiday greeting from YouTuber EvilZoe: Holiday Exodus Exposure [YouTube] *SEE ALSO: Good As You's "ex-gay" archive

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12/11/2007

Former 'former gay' forms opinions on former life

The good folks at the Southern Poverty Law Center have published a new interview with Scott Harrison, an "ex-gay" leader who now speaks out against what he perceives to be a dangerous movement. Go have a read: Coming Out --...

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11/07/2007

You force us to shout, Stuart!

Stuart Shepard, a man who is assembled some uber-offensive anti-gay videos for Focus on the Family, has written a new commentary for the organization in which he details why he thinks it's sometimes better to listen to what his opposition...

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11/02/2007

Video: Who knew the 'gay cure' could be found at Staples?

This from Wayne Besen's Truth Wins Out organization: Ah yes, the "pain away the gay" method. Because that is truly what God intended -- for folks to stifle their passions and desires with everyday office supplies. When you're done with...

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11/01/2007

Video: Challenging the 'ex'es in Texas

Last Friday, we told you about a protest that Wayne Besen and his Truth Wins Out group were staging against the pro-"ex-gay" NARTH organization and their reliance on junk science. Well now Wayne, being the mensch that he is, has...

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10/26/2007

The proponents of 'ex'es get protested in Texas

This Saturday, when the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) holds its annual meeting at the Dallas Marriott, our pal Wayne Besen (pic.) and his Truth Wins Out group will lead a protest against the junk science...

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10/24/2007

Video: Evergreen fights ever-gay reality

Because it's important to know the tools our opposition uses to recruit, here is a commercial for the Latter Day Saints "ex-gay" group, Evergreen. Enjoy: Hey, wake up. Wake up! WAKE UP!!!!!!!! Welcome back. You know, these kids can create...

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McClurkin: I was misquoted many, many, many, many, many, many times

Donnie McClurkin, the "ex-gay" gospel singer whose booking for a weekend is causing a whole lot of controversy for the Obama campaign, is now denying that he holds anti-gay views. McClurkin gave the following quotes to the Chicago Tribune: "I...

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10/22/2007

Celibacy is not 'change'

Last Thursday, we showed you how professional "ex-gay" Alan Chambers was responding to new research on the causation of homosexuality by saying that a gay gene's finding would not change his outlook on the righteousness of homosexuality. Well now, in...

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10/18/2007

Alan Chambers on the tyranny of DNA

Responding to a new study that seeks to determine if there is a genetic link to homosexuality, professional "ex-gay" Alan Chambers says that even positive findings wouldn't much change his views on the subject. He tells Focus on the Family's...

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10/10/2007

'Queer, Used To Be' pissed at 'Dear Abby'

Remember yesterday when we told you how "Dear Abby" has come out in support of gay marriage (and made some of you grown with our story about our pet deer, Abby)? Well, professional "ex-gay" Stephen Bennett is quite crabby over...

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Video: Straight vs. 'ex-gay" -- an irreconcilable difference

Wayne Besen has identified four women who were once married to closeted gay men that identified as "ex-gay." These are the sad stories of living under false pretenses with a man who they never really knew: This is the damage...

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Video: It's not TV. It's 'ex-H-O-M-O '

We're not sure how we've missed these sad yet campy "ex-gay" videos in the months since they were uploaded. However, the important thing is that we've found them: Oh my. These really look like sketches from "Saturday Night Living As...

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10/05/2007

Peter's peculiar obsession: Uniting gays and 'ex-gays' alike

Whenever we see Peter LaBarbera conduct one of his graphic "exposes" of the fringe events that he wants to make look as if they're indicative of the gay rights movement as a whole, we always imagine that the vast majority...

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09/24/2007

The Chambers Has Two Faces

In their report on the so-called "Family Impact Summit," the People For The American Way's Right Wing Watch blog described professional "ex-gay" Alan Chambers like so: We heard a lot about those "ex-gays" and then were addressed by "an ex-gay"...

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09/20/2007

Why rationally analyze when you can irrationally demonize?

Earlier this week, we briefly showed you how Focus on the Family was misusing the findings from a new "ex-gay" study to make it sound as if it definitively shows that 67% of participants were able to "change" their sexual...

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09/18/2007

'Ex-gay' Clue: We suspect FOF, with the fallacy, in the Study

The reliably disingenuous kids at Focus on the Family are creaming their jeans over a newly released study on the ability to "change" one's homosexuality, boldly stating that the religiously skewed, Exodus-funded research "confirms long-term change away from homosexuality is...

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09/13/2007

Video: Mike, Juliet, and a man who's been attracted to them both

On this morning's edition of "The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet," a discussion on "ex-gay" therapy was held. Check it out: You know, it's always funny to see the face the "ex-gay" movement puts on when appearing on shows...

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08/29/2007

Video: Members of 'ex-gay' choir preach same ol' song

The "ex-gay"-hyping folks at Exodus are now pimping a so-called "Truth & Tolerance" DVD on Youtube. Here's the promo: Oh, so incredibly silly. But the funniest part? How Scott Davis says "I met a bunch of people who used to...

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08/28/2007

When up against a straight, you never have to fold!

This Sunday day at Milville, New Jersey's Cumberland County Community Church, Rev. Sal Roggio will preach a sermon about how gays can "change" their sexual orientations, as well as feature testimony from professional "ex-gay" Greg Quinlan. Meanwhile, in nearby Atlantic...

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