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.
"Ever since born-again singer and orange juice pitchwoman Anita Bryant helped kick off the contemporary anti-gay movement more than 30 years ago, hard-line elements of the religious right have been searching for ways to demonize homosexuals — or, at a minimum, to find arguments that will prevent their normalization in society. For the former Florida beauty queen and her Save Our Children group, it was the alleged plans of gays and lesbians to "recruit" in schools that provided the fodder for their crusade. But in addition to hawking that myth, the legions of anti-gay activists who followed have added a panoply of others, ranging from the extremely doubtful claim that homosexuality is a choice, to unalloyed lies like the claims that gays molest children far more than heterosexuals or that hate crime laws will lead to the legalization of bestiality and necrophilia. These fairy tales are important to the anti-gay right because they form the basis of its claim that homosexuality is a social evil that must be suppressed — an opinion rejected by virtually all relevant medical and scientific authorities. They also almost certainly contribute to hate crime violence directed at homosexuals, who are more targeted for such attacks than any other minority in America. What follows are 10 key myths propagated by the anti-gay movement, along with the truth behind the propaganda."
There is "far more support" for religious African organizations that will name the gays of Africa as self-righteous, justified, deniers of the Word of God, rebellious against God, and as forcing the government’s hand to protect the human rights of sexual minorities, says Rock House Way, "ex-gay" ministry of Tennessee.
A national Christian organization will stop sponsoring an annual event that encourages school students to "counter the promotion of homosexual behavior" because the event has become too divisive and confrontational, the group’s president told CNN on Wednesday.
"All the recent attention to bullying helped us realize that we need to equip kids to live out biblical tolerance and grace while treating their neighbors as they’d like to be treated, whether they agree with them or not," said Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International, the group that sponsored the event this year.
Called the Day of Truth, the annual April event has been pushed by influential conservative Christian groups as a way to counter to the annual Day of Silence, an event promoted by gay rights advocates to highlight threats against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students.
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."