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Is This The End? October 14, 2011

“End Of The Ex-Gay Movement?”

After decades as the   director of  Love In Action, the country’s oldest and largest ex-gay ministry, John Smid says, ““I’ve never met a man who experienced a change from homosexual to heterosexual.”
[Imagine the hundreds or thousands of men he’s seen go through that program. Saying he’s never seen a change from gay to straight is quite a statement!]

His break with ex-gay orthodoxy is a sign that, even in the evangelical world, the notion that sexual orientation can be altered is increasingly crumbling in the face of reality.

Smid regrets the way Love In Action hammered away at “demonic homosexuality,” he says. “I think that… for kids that are 15, 16, 17 years old… With all the things they’re already struggling with, I can’t imagine what that might have been like for them.”

He also published an apology on his website, inviting those who’ve been through Love in Action to contact him. “If you have been wounded by me or harmed through the hands of my leadership; please come to me and allow an opportunity for me to personally apologize.

Read the rest of this article by Michelle Goldberg  in “The Daily Beast.”

Also, from Truth Wins Out:
He had incredible dedication, adhered to a hardcore form of fundamentalism, and enforced a strict cult-like regimen on his charges. Yet, years later, he is faced with the daunting reality that “ex-gay” programs are a Religious Right marketing program, not a legitimate movement.

Read more Here:
Truth Wins Out

and Here:
Lucas Grindley

AND, in case after all this time you’ve still not read it, here’s
my take on sexuality:
Tribbles & Labels


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