Ex-Gay Survivor Caucus at Creating Change

My name is Philip Lowe, Jr.  I am an ex-gay survivor of the Catholic church’s ex-gay group Courage.  I am involved with Beyond Ex-Gay as well.

I want to inform you and ask you to help spread the word about the Ex-Gay Survivor’s Caucus meeting that will be held at Creating Change 2011 in Minneapolis, Feb 2-6th.   The Caucus meeting will be on Friday, February 4th at 6:30pm in Board Room 2.

At this meeting we are going to talk about how we use our Ex-Gay Survivor experiences to help create change toward LGBT equality in all aspects.  Our stories are very powerful and moving.  At the Caucus meeting we will be talking about how to use our stories and experiences to build movements towards change.

Philip Lowe, Jr.

Inside the ex-gay movement

From the Ex-Gay Survivor Conferences to the 2009 Anti-Heterosexism Conference, Soulforce has played an active role in exposing the dangers of repartive therapy, challenging organizations like the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) through dialogue and direct action. In a recent expose for The Independent of London, investigative reporter Patrick Strudwick goes undercover to explore the harmful impact of repartive therapy in a piece entitled "The ex-gay files: The bizarre world of gay-to-straight conversion."

                                                                        

Soulforce and Beyond Ex-Gay Welcome Change at Exodus

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In a March 4, 2008, interview with Ex-Gay Watch, Alan Chambers — President of Exodus International — confirmed that the world’s largest network of ex-gay ministries has refocused its priorities and will move away from political lobbying.

In spring 2007, Exodus hired a Director of Political Affairs, and Exodus representatives were vocal opponents of the Matthew Shepherd Act. However, Chambers indicated this week that the Political Affairs position no longer exists: "In August, 2007 after a lot of prayer, deliberation and listening to friends and critics alike –but mostly the Lord — we decided to back out of policy issues and our Director of Government Affairs took a position with another organization."

Chambers’ comments suggest that the change in priorities happened directly on the heels of the Ex-gay Survivor Conference in late June 2007 and the Soulforce Survivor’s Initiative in July 2007. Both projects utilized multiple formats, from press conferences to private conversations, to reach out to Exodus leadership with the stories of "ex-gay survivors" — men and women who believe that attempts to change their sexual orientation did more harm than good.

Christine Bakke, co-founder of Beyond Ex-Gay, was among a small group of ex-gay survivors who met with Exodus leaders over dinner during the Ex-gay Survivor Conference; she welcomed Chambers’ comments: "I feel deep satisfaction that Exodus leaders heard us when we met over dinner and through our more public statements, and I hope that they continue to listen to those of us who invested so much of our lives in the ex-gay experience and found another way," said Bakke.

Jeff Lutes, Soulforce Executive Director, also hailed the impact of survivor testimony. "Survivors of ex-gay programs have demonstrated remarkable courage by sharing their experiences in countless small acts of nonviolent witness. This decision from Exodus, and the acknowledgment that ex-gay survivors’ voices are being heard, is also courageous."

But Lutes added that there is still more work to be done. "We will continue to share the human stories of harm caused by ex-gay ministries and to find new ways to share the message that our sexual orientations and gender identities are gifts from God that can be lived with dignity and grace."

Bakke also gestured to the work ahead. "I welcome the news that Exodus has moved its focus from politics to people. Now, by listening to the people who have been negatively affected by their ministry and messages in the past, Exodus can deepen the discussion to consider their pastoral care needs and necessary next steps."

The Ex-gay Survivor Conference and the Soulforce Survivor’s Initiative were expressions of a growing ex-gay survivor community that includes writers, artists, researchers, and clergy. For more information about these events, and to learn about upcoming projects, visit www.soulforce.org and www.beyondexgay.com.

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Soulforce is a national civil rights and social justice organization. Our vision is freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance. For more information go to www.soulforce.org.

Beyond Ex-Gay is an on-line community and resource for those of us who have survived ex-gay experiences. For more information go to www.beyondexgay.com.

 

 

Soulforce Announces Line-up for Ex-Gay Survivor Conference

Participants Include Rev. Dr. Mel White, Peterson Toscano, Christine Bakke, Rev. Nancy Wilson, Jason Cianciotto, and Rev. Phil Lawson

June 29-July 1, at University of California-Irvine

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(Irvine, CA) — This summer, on June 29-July 1, former "ex-gays" and their allies will have an unprecedented opportunity to meet, share resources, and add their voices to a growing social movement. The Ex-gay Survivors’ Conference, which will take place on the University of California’s Irvine campus, is co-sponsored by Soulforce, beyondexgay.com, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center at the University of California, Irvine. A complete conference schedule is now available at www.soulforce.org/article/1252.

Recent events have brought national attention to the existence of programs intended to modify same-sex desires, which continue to multiply in spite of the consensus of the major medical and mental health organizations that sexual orientation is not a disorder and is, therefore, not in need of a cure. The Ex-gay Survivors’ Conference will focus on the personal stories of "survivors" — people who feel they have experienced more harm than benefits from ex-gay programs.

"We feel that the voices and experiences of survivors are the most powerful answer to the Exodus conference, which will be happening in Irvine at the same time," says Paige Schilt, Soulforce Media Director. Exodus International bills itself as the largest network of ex-gay ministries.

Facilitators at the Ex-gay Survivors’ Conference, which will feature interactive workshops, include Soulforce co-founder Rev. Dr. Mel White, former Exodus leader Darlene Bogle, and beyondexgay.com co-founder, Christine Bakke, who recently shared her story on Good Morning America and is featured in this month’s Glamour magazine.

Performance activist Peterson Toscano, who has recently appeared on the Tyra Banks and Montel Williams shows, will open the conference with his one man show, Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House on Friday evening, June 29 in the Crystal Cove Auditorium. On Saturday, Toscano and Bakke will co-facilitate a workshop titled From the Chat Room to the Talk Show: Processing and Sharing Our Stories.

"The ex-gay experience is unique in many ways. Creating a communal space for ex-gay survivors to tell their stories allows us to share what led us into an ex-gay lifestyle and ways we have been able to recover from it," says Bakke.

Soulforce Executive Director Jeff Lutes, a licensed psychotherapist, will co-facilitate a Saturday session titled Building Healthy Relationships After an Ex-gay Experience. The American Psychological Association identifies "depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior" among the possible risks associated with ex-gay therapies.

For those who have not had an ex-gay experience but would like to stand in solidarity to confront ex-gay ministries and reparative therapies, the conference will also feature an ally track, with workshops such as Ex-gay 101 and Becoming a Powerful Ally. The latter will be facilitated by Rev. Phil Lawson, a civil rights leader and affordable housing activist.

Saturday’s events will culminate in a concert and film forum in the Crystal Cove Auditorium. The evening will feature singer/songwriters Jason and DeMarco, as well as excerpts from the documentary God and Gays and works in progress by filmmakers Lisa Darden and Morgan Fox.

Friday and Saturday evening events are free and open to the public.

Registration for the conference is available online at www.soulforce.org. The conference registration fee is $40, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


Soulforce is a national civil rights and social justice organization. Our vision is freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance. For more information go to www.soulforce.org.

Schedule

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

4:00pm

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)
www.homonomo.com

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
7:00pm

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

Sunday, July 1st

Morning

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

Speaker Bios

The Survivor's Conference: Beyond Ex-Gay

Peterson Toscano

Peterson ToscanoAs a gay man, Peterson Toscano’s journey out of the closet had been long and complicated. After 15 years of submitting to reparative therapy through counseling, ex-gay support groups, and even three exorcisms, Peterson enrolled in the ex-gay residential program, Love in Action. He graduated successfully from the program nearly two years later, but in January of 1999 he finally came to his senses and accepted himself as a gay man.

In 2000 he interviewed scores of LGBT folks in Memphis, TN in order to write and direct a performance poem for Judy Sheppard during her historic visit . Drawing on his experience in the ex-gay movement and as a result of interviews with others including his parents, in 2003 Peterson wrote and premiered his one-person comedy, Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House — How I Survived the Ex-Gay Movement! (www.homonomo.com) and has since presented it widely throughout North America and Europe.

In 2005 he was featured in the film Fish Can’t Fly — Conversations about God and Struggling to be Gay. His other works include Queer 101 — Now I Know My gAy,B,C’s, How the Indians Discovered Columbus and The Re-Education of George W. Bush. He is currently working on his latest play, Transfigurations, which explores the stories and lives of transgender people in the Bible and in the world today.

He has served on the board of True Colors, which annually organizes the nation’s largest GLBT youth issues conference. Peterson currently lives in Hartford, CT where he worked as an infusion teacher at the Watkinson School (2001-2004). He is currently on an official leave of absence so he can perform and write.

Peterson, a Christian, is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) in West Hartford, CT.

His web site is www.petersontoscano.com


Christine Bakke

Christine BakkeChristine Bakke is an ex-gay survivor who spent over 4 years trying to change her orientation. She moved to Denver in 1998 to become ex-gay and participated in an Exodus program, the Living Waters program, the "casting out of demons", and private reparative therapy. In 2003 she realized that while she had changed in many areas, her sexual orientation remained the same. She started the process of re-coming out in 2004 and found that telling her story and connecting with other ex-gay survivors to be cathartic, freeing, and healing. After she told her story publicly for the first time on Coming Out day in 2005, she was contacted and asked to tell her story for Glamour magazine, which will appear in the May issue. She also volunteers with a GLBT speaker’s bureau at colleges in the Denver area and enjoys being able to share her story and talk to students of all backgrounds about what it is like to grow up in a fundamentalist, evangelical Christian home, come out, become ex-gay, and come out again. Along with Peterson Toscano, she founded Beyond Ex-Gay, a website for other former ex-gays to connect and share their stories, and is excited about journeying with other ex-gay survivors to find healing and true wholeness.

Glamor (May 2007 issue): "They tried to cure me of being gay"


Jason and deMarco

Jason and deMarcoJason and deMarco are living proof that art imitates life, and that music can also be inspired by the best that life has to offer on its many levels, sometimes mystical and at times, even euphoric. Their passionate and hopeful lyrics exemplify a spirit that is reflected in both their lives and music, attracting audiences everywhere, and creating instant fans wherever they go. States deMarco, "We want to create music that is very inclusive." With such an attitude, it is not surprising that the duo’s music and performances have been received with critical acclaim and that this represents just the beginning of what is sure to be a long and prosperous career.

Jason Warner is the oldest son in an entertainment family. He grew up traveling with his mother in music ministry, and eventually joined her. Jason toured with the professional contemporary recording group, Truth, in 1996, and then with the group, The Sound, in 1997 and 1998. He gained valuable experience traveling with the groups and learned about management, directing, production and booking, getting hands-on experience in The Sound’s office and studio based in Houston, TX. Jason graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, TN in 1997 with a BA degree in Music and Sociology. He decided to go solo in 1998 to form his own independent recording label, RJN MUSIC!, a sole proprietorship of Jason Warner, originally based in Nashville, TN.

deMarco DeCiccio , a native of Canada, discovered his love for music and theater at an early age studying at the Etobicoke School for the Performing Arts, later graduating with a B.A. degree in Music and Languages from York University in Canada in 1999. deMarco’s debut album was a series of love songs, sung in Italian, called "Melodie." Since relocating to the West Coast from Canada in 1999, deMarco has performed in concerts and at festivals and clubs throughout Los Angeles and across the country. deMarco has been in several theatrical productions, and his face has also been seen on several National commercials. Before launching their duo act, deMarco was the lead in a musical entitled "California Dream Men", touring Italy.

The Ex-Gay Survivor’s Conference

Survivors of Ex-Gay Programs Reach Out to Other Survivors; BeyondExGay.com Launches Today, Conference Set for June

Survivors Believe Programs Do More Harm Than Good

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(Austin, TX) — Survivors of ex-gay programs can take advantage of two new resources this week. BeyondExGay.com, an online community for those who are healing from ex-gay experiences, will go live today. Simultaneously, online registration will begin for The Survivor’s Conference: Beyond Ex-gay, a face-to-face event scheduled for June 29-July 1, and sponsored by beyondexgay.com and Soulforce.

Recent events have brought national attention to the existence of programs intended to modify same-sex desires. While much of that attention has focused on whether sexual orientation is subject to change, BeyondExGay.com and The Survivor’s Conference are the first efforts to move beyond that debate in order to focus on the community of "survivors" — people who feel they have experienced more harm than benefits from ex-gay programs.

"We use the term ‘survivor’ because we want to emphasize the very real psychological trauma that these programs can cause, and also because we want to highlight the strength of the men and women who, in spite of enormous pressures, come to accept themselves as they are," says Jeff Lutes, a practicing psychotherapist and Executive Director of Soulforce.

The creators of BeyondExGay.com, Peterson Toscano and Christine Bakke, talked to hundreds of fellow ex-gay survivors. What they heard, again and again, was that ex-gay experiences brought inner turmoil, confusion and shame.

Many survivors acknowledge that some good came of their ex-gay journey. "We grew to understand our sexuality better and in some cases even overcame life-controlling problems," says Toscano, but he is quick to point out that the harm most survivors experience far outweighs the help they receive. The consensus of the major medical and mental health organizations is that homosexuality is not a disorder and, therefore, does not need to be cured. The American Psychological Association identifies "depression, anxiety, and self-destructive behavior" among the possible risks associated with ex-gay therapies.

Toscano spent 17 years and over $30,000 on three continents attempting to change or at least contain his unwanted same-sex attractions. He ultimately endured two years at the Love in Action residential ex-gay program in Memphis, TN.

"In the end I was still very gay, but also depressed, isolated and nearly faithless," he says.

Toscano, now a Christian Quaker, has since created a one-person comedy about his ex-gay experiences and has presented Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House and his other work throughout North America, Europe, West Africa and the Caribbean. In spring 2005, Bakke contacted Toscano after attending one of his performances.

Bakke herself spent more than 4 years trying to change her orientation. She moved to Denver in 1998 to become ex-gay and participated in a program affiliated with Exodus International, the largest network of ex-gay ministries. In 2003 she realized that while she had changed in many areas, her sexual orientation remained the same. Bakke’s story will be featured in the May issue of Glamour, which hits newsstands April 10. Toscano will be a guest on the Tyra Banks show April 12.

Bakke and Toscano continued to dialogue, and last spring they decided it was time to reach out to more ex-gay survivors through the Internet. Together with assistance from their friend, Steve Boese, they form the perfect team: Bakke — a graphic designer, Toscano — a writer, and Boese — a web guru and founder of MyOrgHost.

BeyondExGay.com currently features diverse narratives from ex-gay survivors. It also provides an array of resources, including original articles and art by survivors, as well as links to other sites. Soon survivors will have the option to join the community and create a profile. Through an on-line form, they will document and share their own ex-gay experiences. Their responses will then be added to a database that will track the variety and scope of ex-gay experiences endured by survivors.

"The ex-gay experience is unique in many ways. No one understands it better than those of us who have been through it. Creating a communal space for ex-gay survivors to tell their stories allows us to share what led us into an ex-gay lifestyle and ways we have been able to recover from it," says Bakke.

Creating a space for survivors to come together and share their stories was also the impetus behind The Survivor’s Conference: Beyond Ex-Gay. The conference, which will take place June 29-July 1 at the University of California-Irvine, is co-sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center at UC Irvine.

"We chose Irvine because the annual Exodus Freedom Conference is coming to Irvine that week," says Lutes. "For Soulforce, BeyondExGay.com, and the LGBT Resource Center at UC Irvine, it is very important to provide a positive response to the Exodus message that our community is sinful and disordered."

Registration for the conference, which will feature workshops led by ex-gay survivors, is available online at www.soulforce.org/article/1226. The conference registration fee is $40, and some scholarships are available. A Friday night performance of Doin’ Time in the Homo No Mo Halfway House and a Saturday night concert by the musical duo Jason and deMarco are free and open to the public.

Conference organizers hope to attract a broad audience to the conference. According to the Soulforce web site, "If you want to stand in peaceful solidarity to lovingly confront the damaging consequences of the ex-gay movement – this conference is for you. If you have ever been through an ex-gay experience or been damaged by the message that God does not love and affirm you – this conference is for you. If you are confused about the Bible and homosexuality, currently in an ex-gay program, or thinking about trying to change who you are – this conference is for you."


Soulforce is a national civil rights and social justice organization. Our vision is freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance. For more information go to www.soulforce.org.

Ex-Gay Ministries and Reparative Therapy

Man holding his hands over his eyes.Some homosexual persons claim to have experienced a change in their sexual orientation. Their stories are their stories and we should not try to change them if they are sincerely happy.

With that said, however, the vast majority of our brothers and sisters who are same-sex attracted entered "ex-gay ministries" or "reparative therapy" under the belief of a homosexual orientation being morally inferior and a heterosexual orientation being morally superior. Such a belief is a dangerous untruth that is used by certain religious groups to not only shame GLBT people, but to also deny them equality in society and full membership in their churches.

The truth is that God created and loves gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people exactly as they are without reservation.

While the people behind ex-gay ministries will rush to tell you about those in the gay community who have made unhealthy choices, they engage in deception by omission — never speaking to the fact of all those happy, loving, faithful families that include and accept gay people.

Furthermore, ex-gay ministries are opposed by every major health and mental health organization, including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Psychological Association.

Video from Ex-Gay Survivor Conference

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Video produced by Brian Murphy

Resources:

Love Welcomes All
How to create a community-based conference to counter the anti-gay misinformation of Focus on the Family’s "Love Won Out." A Soulforce Booklet by Jeff Lutes, MS, LPC. You can download Love Welcomes All as a pdf file.
www.soulforce.org/pdf/lovewelcomesall.pdf

A Report from "Love Won Out" by the NGLTF
For an excellent report that exposes the fraudulent practices of Focus on the Family’s "Love Won Out" conference, please visit our friends at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/lovewonout.pdf

Youth in the Crosshairs by the NGLTF
Another resource from NGLTF concerning ex-gay ministries and youth.
www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/crosshairs.pdf

Anything but Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth
Nationally recognized activist Wayne Besen spent four years examining the phenomenon of "ex-gay" ministries and reparative therapies – interviewing leaders, attending conferences, and visiting ministries undercover as he accumulated hundreds of hours of research. The result is this groundbreaking expose of the controversial movement that’s revered by independent religious groups and reviled by gay and lesbian organizations.
More details and Soulforce member reviews

Fish Can’t Fly
The film contains candid, fascinating and heartfelt discussions about God and being gay. There are even some surprisingly humorous events in hindsight. With the current social and political climate, this feature length documentary by award winning filmmaker Tom Murray, is timely.
www.fishcantfly.com

4-Part Salon Series on "reparative therapy"
Mark Benjamin is a national correspondent for Salon based in Washington, D.C. In July, 2005 he wrote a 4-part series on the disputed practice of so-called "reparative therapy."
Part One: Turning off gays
Part Two: My gay therapy session
Part Three: Getting straight with God
Part Four: True confessions

The Ex-Gay Survivor’s Conference

The Survivor's Conference: Beyond Ex-Gay

A thoughtful response to the Exodus International Conference

Videos from the Press Conference at Narth, New Life Church, and Love in Action

Videos from the Ex-Gay Survivor’s Conference

Photos from the Ex-Gay Survivor’s Conference

WHY

On June 26 – July 1, 2007, the Annual Exodus International Conference will be in Irvine, California, to promote the false message that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are disordered, sinful, and in need of change.

Peterson ToscanoIn response, Soulforce, BeyondExGay.com, and the LGBT Resource Center at the University of California-Irvine are proud to present an interactive, community-building conference featuring the powerful stories of those who have had ex-gay experiences, but now understand that their sexual orientation or gender identity can be lived in ways that are loving and life-affirming.

WHO

This conference is for everyone. If you want to stand in peaceful solidarity to lovingly confront the damaging consequences of the ex-gay movement – this conference is for you. If you have ever been through an ex-gay experience or been damaged by the message that God does not love and affirm you – this conference is for you. If your child, partner or friend has been through a "change" ministry – this conference is for you. If you are confused about the Bible and homosexuality, currently in an ex-gay program, or thinking about trying to change who you are – this conference is for you. If you are in town to attend the Exodus Conference – the Ex-Gay Survivor’s Conference is definitely for you! Wherever you are on your journey – you are welcome at our conference.

WHAT

Exodus and its affiliated organizations often use personal stories of transformation to market their programs. These stories are also used — implicitly and explicitly — to justify political opposition to LGBT equality.

Christine BakkeBy sharing our stories, survivors of ex-gay experiences can become a powerful force for social justice. We can create a more honest picture of ex-gay programs, reveal the societal pressures that influence people to seek change and expose the cynical exploitation of ex-gay success stories for political purposes.

The Ex-Gay Survivor’s Conference will offer opportunities and resources to help you share stories, practice speaking to the media, and reflect on how your story can be used to make a difference. You will also be given opportunities to record your own experiences through film and on the web.

Schedule of Events

Jason and deMarcoClick here for the schedule

 

Speaker Bios

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