Friday, May 20, 2005

Fixing Gays

Seems that the fundamentalist right in the US has come up with a new way to attack gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, with their discredited and damaging "reparative therapy". PFOX is a leader in this faux movement; the "Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays." I'm not going to link to this group -- Google if you must. Even if it were the right thing to do (and I don't think it is), it doesn't work. See Free Z. - Testimonies: We Never Really Changed:

and Reparative Therapy - A Psuedo Science:

These people should all read the book Prayers for Bobby by Leroy Aarons. See the first few pages at

An example of the real-world consequences of this kind of crap, and the damage it can do (happening right now): (unfortunately, most of this blog has been removed, because of what happened)

Another example, from the Love Welcomes All conference:

Interesting article using Zach's case as illustration - What's 'mental health' in a theocracy?

A wonderful comic based on Zach's true story - FreeZ:

Beyond Ex-Gay:

What are the "ex-gay" crowd up to now? Ex-Gay Watch: and Truth Wins Out:

News note on Christianity Today weblog - U.K. Ex-Gay Ministry Quits Effort, Says Trying Changing Orientation Is Hopeless:

A funny/serious take on it - Doin' Time in The Homo No Mo Halfway House: How I Survived the Ex-gay Movement:

And another -

Nice summation on the subject at Wikipedia - Ex-gay:

PFLAG also has a good summation of the issue - Social Work Today:

An emotional and personal account - Jesusland, By Max Gordon:

Find some local groups at the National Directory of LGBT Community Centers:

Excellent collection of links by Gabi Clayton:

Some websites to check out, if you are confronted with this dreck:

Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse:

Scholarly article - Homosexuality and the Bible by Walter Wink, Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Auburn Theological Seminary, New York City:

To Educate About the Consequences of Homophobia: -
Bob and Mary Lou Wallner have written a book called The Slow Miracle of Transformation.

Love Welcomes All:

Whosoever: The Bible and Homosexuality:

A Letter to Louise - A Biblical Affirmation of Homosexuality:
And see some GLBT religious organizations:
Soul Force:
What the Bible Says, and Doesn't Say, about Homosexuality
A False Focus on My Family
Christian Youth: An Important Voice in the Present Struggle for Gay Rights in America

Finding an open and welcoming congregation -, Institute for Welcoming Resources (The Task Force):

Evangelicals Concerned:

National Religious Leadership Roundtable:

DignityUSA - GLBT Catholics:
And finally, a wonderful interview with Episcopal Bishop John Shelby Spong, about his book The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love on KUOW radio:

Wonderful collection, GLBTQ Spirit:, and Alex Sanchez's (Rainbow Boys, God Box) links:

Three Soulforce booklets, available as hardcopy or free download: What the Bible Says, and Doesn't Say, about Homosexuality, A False Focus on My Family, Christian Youth: An Important Voice in the Present Struggle for Gay Rights in America.

Also see Open Letter to Dr. Laura concerning her Condemnation of Homosexual People:

And Marriage, the Bible, and Mr. Bush:

New group in Virginia - New gay-friendly coalition offers faith-based alternative: Organizers aim to be the antithesis of the vocal conservative Christian set:

White Ribbon Campaign

Raising Awareness about Gay-Teen Suicide

And remembering those who we've lost

Mistakes are the portals for discovery. - James Joyce

1 comment:

Willie Hewes said...

Excellent set of links, thanks. I may take some for Free Z.