Thursday, June 28, 2007

Just Think About It, That's All

The Ex-Gay Survivor Conference is going on out in California, and it sounds like they could blow the sad hoax of the "ex-gay" open once and for all.

Yesterday some former "ex-gay" leaders from Exodus Ministries read a statement at the conference. Here's how Box Turtle Bulletin describes these three (edited somewhat for brevity):
  • Darlene Bogle, a former assistant pastor who had directed Paraklete Ministries in Hayward, California until she met her partner at a 1990 ex-gay workshop.
  • Michael Bussee, who was a cofounder of Exodus International in 1975. He left Exodus after falling in love with another volunteer at an Exodus-affiliated ministry in 1979.
  • Jeremy Marks, who had founded Courage U, which began as a classic ex-gay ministry before evolving into a gay-affirming organization.

And what did they say?
As former leaders of ex-gay ministries, we apologize to those individuals and families who believed our message that there is something inherently wrong with being gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. Some who heard our message were compelled to try to change an integral part of themselves, bringing harm to themselves and their families. Although we acted in good faith, we have since witnessed the isolation, shame, fear, and loss of faith that this message creates. We apologize for our part in the message of broken truth we spoke on behalf of Exodus and other organizations.

We call on other former ex-gay leaders to join the healing and reconciliation process by adding their names to this apology.

We encourage current leaders of ex-gay programs to have the courage to evaluate the fruit of their programs. We ask them to consider the long-term effects of their ministry. Statement of Apology from Former Exodus Leaders

Nothing inflammatory, no accusations. They just say, think about the effect of what you're doing to people.


Anonymous XXG said...

Thanks for posting this important information. It's helpful that ex-ex-gays are speaking up about the harm they endured while attempting to change their innate nature. Follow the link to BTB and check out the videos.

Videos from the three former ex-gay ministers who apologized yesterday are very illuminating:

Michael Bussee, a cofounder of Exodus International

Darlene Bogel, author of "A Christian Lesbian Journey" and former Assistant Pastor at Paraklete Ministries, an ex-gay ministry

Jeremy Marks, founder of Courage UK that began as an ex-gay ministry in 19988 and became a gay-affirming ministry in 2000

June 28, 2007 3:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heck, when I am ready to no longer be single I should go to one of these meetings to find a life partner.

June 28, 2007 5:52 PM  
Blogger Randi Schimnosky said...

Anonymous, apparently its pretty common for people attending these "exgay" "ministries" to meet someone, fall in love, and learn to accept and be happy with their sexality. Ironic, isn't it?

June 29, 2007 11:55 AM  
Anonymous youwish said...

Hey, Anon.

Tell me again why me falling in love with a man (as I am also one) someone influences the way you live? Stay out of my love life, my bedroom, my tax return, and, most importantly, out of our schools.

June 30, 2007 5:14 AM  

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