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Aug 29 2013

‘Ex-Gay’ Activist Wants Apology From Exodus

I wrote a bit about Alan Chambers, once the most prominent leader of the “ex-gay” movement, shutting down Exodus International, the largest and most influential “ex-gay” group, and apologizing to the gay community for the damage they’d done. Now another “ex-gay” activist is demanding an apology and even writing a proposed apology that he wishes Exodus would offer. It’s pretty funny stuff:

Dear Ex-Gay Community,

We are sorry that the leadership of Exodus International didn’t seek out professional psychotherapy to understand the roots of our homosexual feelings. Instead, we merely repressed our urges and hoped that God would take them away if we prayed hard enough.

We also deeply regret that we didn’t pursue advanced degrees in counseling or psychology so we could truly help others who were struggling with unwanted SSA resolve their issues and experience real change.

Now that we look back at our leadership, relying on clichés, slogans, and simplistic answers to complex sexual orientation issues was not the way to go. Rather than embrace cutting-edge therapeutic techniques that were developed to help individuals heal the wounds that lead to SSA, we are deeply saddened that we attacked our allies in the psychological community, most of who are also people of faith. Out of fear and ignorance, we failed to embrace solutions that could bring about real and lasting change.

Yeah, those “cutting edge therapeutic techniques” like diagnosing The Gay by what color crayons people use.

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  1. 1
    Synfandel

    “struggling with unwanted SSA”

    “heal the wounds that lead to SSA”

    Dude, you’re gay. No wounds, no struggling, no wanting or not wanting…you’re just gay. Accept it. Embrace it. Get on with life. Be happy. If some others can’t accept it, that’s their problem to sort out.

  2. 2
    Paul Neubauer

    He wants an apology from Exodus? You’d think he’d want an apology from Leviticus.

  3. 3
    matty1

    Out of fear and ignorance, we failed to embrace solutions that could bring about real and lasting change.

    So close.

  4. 4
    Trebuchet

    He got the salutation of the apology wrong. Instead of “Dear ex-gay community” it should have been just “Dear gay community”.

  5. 5
    DaveL

    heal the wounds that lead to SSA

    So he’s got some kind of wound fetish? De gustibus non disputandem est.

  6. 6
    oranje

    @2: If you could kindly send a bottle of Windex to my office, that would be great.

  7. 7
    Chiroptera

    We are sorry that the leadership of Exodus International didn’t seek out professional psychotherapy to understand the roots of our homosexual feelings.

    Huh. I thought the problem was that they did do just that, and the professional psychotherapists pointed out that homosexuality is not a symptom of any emotional or mental disorder and that corrective so-called therapies are usually very damaging to patient.

  8. 8
    tubi

    @Synfandel, #1

    Dude, you’re gay. No wounds…

    You never know. Once he shook a man’s hand in San Francisco. The man was wearing a ring.

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