The Survivor's Conference: Beyond Ex-Gay

Press conference on Wednesday, June 27th or Thursday, June 28th (date, time, and location to be announced). The following schedule of events is subject to change:

Friday, June 29th


Pre-Conference Book-Signing

  • Wayne Besen, author of Anything But Straight
  • Darlene Bogle, author of A Christian Lesbian Journey: A Continuation of Long Road to Love
  • Mel White, author of Religion Gone Bad and Stranger at the Gate
6:00pm Early Registration & Check-In (Crystal Cove Auditorium)
7:00pm Doing time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House: How I survived the Ex-gay Movement
– By Peterson Toscano (Crystal Cove Auditorium – Free & Open to the Public)

Saturday, June 30th

8:00am Registration & Check-in
9:00am Welcome – Pat Walsh, Director, LGBT Resource Center, UC Irvine & Jeff Lutes, MS, LPC, Executive Director, Soulforce
9:15 – 10:30am Chalk Talk: Reflections on the Ex-Gay Experience
Peterson Toscano & Jallen Rix, Ph.D.
10:30 – 10:45am Break
10:45am – 12:00pm

Morning Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1:
From the Chat Room to the Talk Show: Processing and Sharing Our Stories
Peterson Toscano & Christine Bakke

Workshop 2:
What the Bible Says & Doesn’t Say About Homosexuality
Rev. Nancy Wilson & Rev. Dr. Mel White

Workshop 3:
Ex-Gay 101
Exodus? NARTH? Courage ? Dos Equis? This workshop will look at the history, ideology and evolution of the Ex-gay Movement.
Presenter: Jim Burroway, the creator of Box Turtle Bulletin, writes extensively about the Ex-gay Movement including his multiple-part series on the Love Won Out Conference sponsored by Focus on the Family in Phoenix earlier this year.

12:00 – 2:00pm Lunch & Community Building (Art Room and Exhibition Hall open, a reading by Regan DuCass from her play "Shepard/Till-The American Verses" is also available as an optional activity)
2:00 – 3:10pm

Afternoon Concurrent Workshops

Workshop 1:
Impacting the Media: Successful Strategies for Sharing Your Story with Confidence
Paige Schilt, Ph.D. & Jason Cianciotto

Workshop 2:
Building Healty Relationships after an Ex-Gay Experience
Jeff Lutes, MS, LPC & Darlene Bogle

Workshop 3:
Becoming a Powerful Ally
Rev. Phil Lawson & Alyssa Harrad, Ph.D.

3:15 – 3:30pm Break
3:30 – 4:45pm Telling Our Stories Creatively: Writing, Blogging, Video, etc.
4:45 – 5:00pm Wrap Up: Set Your Intentions & Commit to Action
5:00 – 7:00pm Dinner & Community Building

Conference Gala & Closing Festivities!
Featuring music by Jason & deMarco and a film forum by directors, including:

Sunday, July 1st


Optional worship at a welcoming and affirming church of your choice.

2:30 – 3:30pm

Optional Workshops

Workshop 1
Courting Justice: Ex-Gays and the Law
Wayne Besen

Workshop 2
Mental Health Professionals Round Table: Best Practices from the Ex-gay Survivor’s Conference


The Ex-Gay Survivor’s Conference