We bear witness to history. Exodus International — the world’s largest “ex-gay” program — announced that it is shutting its doors and shuttering its windows. It is no longer promising desperate and vulnerable people that they can “pray away the gay.” It is no longer peddling snake oil called reparative therapy.
This stunning voyage began a year and a half ago. At the Gay Christian Network conference in Orlando, Florida, Alan Chambers, the President of Exodus International, addressed the attendees. Alan stepped on stage and did something revolutionary. He looked the crowd in the eyes and he told the truth. Chambers said that 99.9 percent of his clients had not changed their sexual orientation.
Six months later, Chambers announced that Exodus would no longer support “reparative therapy,” which is junk science that falsely blames sexual abuse or bad parenting for causing one to be gay.
Still, it was quite a shock when Alan Chambers apologized to the world. It was an even bigger surprise when he announced he was closing his mean-spirited ministry that had distorted the lives of LGBT people since 1973.
After nearly 40 years of existence, here is what Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International said to a conference: “Please know that I am deeply sorry. I am sorry for the pain and hurt many of you have experienced. I am sorry that some of you spent years working through the shame and guilt you felt when your attractions didn’t change. I am sorry we promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized parents.”
How broken and dead is reparative (conversion) therapy ?
– Supporters of reparative therapy were banned from testifying in court because their therapy is deemed to be both destructive and is described as junk science (See first story below)
– Knowing that they “can’t convert anyone,” not a single organization will promise results or even consider it “likely” that someone will “be repared.” Phrases such as “improving heterosexual potential” is used (whatever that is).