The Ex-Gays Now Not So Ex

Jun 27 2012 @ 11:19am

Many in the Christianist movement to make gay people act straight are acknowledging what all the data tell us. No one stops being gay or having same-sex emotional and sexual attraction. If you really believe loving someone of the same gender is sinful, you can force yourself to act like a heterosexual and function with constant therapy. The "cure" is over – and it never truly existed in the first place. Money quote:

This week, 600 Exodus ministers and followers are gathering for the group's annual conference, held this year in a Minneapolis suburb. The group's president, Alan Chambers, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the conference would highlight his efforts to dissociate the group from the controversial practice usually called ex-gay, reparative or conversion therapy.

"I do not believe that cure is a word that is applicable to really any struggle, homosexuality included," said Chambers, who is married to a woman and has children, but speaks openly about his own sexual attraction to men. "For someone to put out a shingle and say, 'I can cure homosexuality' — that to me is as bizarre as someone saying they can cure any other common temptation or struggle that anyone faces on Planet Earth."

It's a start, at least.