Follow breaking news @lgbtqnation

Purveyors of ‘ex-gay’ therapy, Exodus International says it’s shutting down

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Exodus International, the nation’s oldest and largest Christian ministry devoted to performing controversial gay-to-straight “reparative therapy,” announced Wednesday night that it is shuttering its operations after more than three decades.

In announcing its decision, president Alan Chambers, 41, repudiated the organization’s mission and said he was “sorry for the pain and hurt” so many experienced by the group’s efforts to “repair” their sexual orientation.

“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,” said Chambers, in a statement.

“[W]e’ve ceased to be a living, breathing organism,” said Chambers. “For quite some time we’ve been imprisoned in a worldview that’s neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical.”

The apology and announcement coincides with the ministry’s 38th annual conference being held this week in Irvine, Calif., and the Thursday, June 20, airing of the documentary “God & Gays” on “Our America with Lisa Ling.”

Chambers also said that for years he wasn’t honest about his own feelings of same-sex attraction that never left him, and apologized for being dishonest about the real ability to change one’s sexual orientation.

Chambers said the organization plans to re-emerge as a new ministry that would would work with churches to create “safe, welcoming and mutually transforming communities.”

Founded in 1976, Exodus was an umbrella organization which had grown to include over 120 local ministries in the United States and Canada and over 150 ministries in 17 other countries.

The demise of Exodus International has been two years in the making.

In 2011, John Smid, the former Executive Director of Exodus’ oldest ministry “Love in Action,” publicly admitted that he is gay, and disavowed the message he preached for years that promised gays they could change.

In January 2012, during an address to a Gay Christian Network conference, Chambers stated that 99.9% of conversion therapy participants do not experience any change to their sexuality and apologized for the previous Exodus slogan “Change Is Possible.”

Months later, in June 2012, Chambers stated that conversion therapy is potentially harmful to those participating and that it does not work.

Earlier this year, John Paulk, the former chairman of Exodus, formally renounced his past and said he was “truly, truly sorry” for the pain he caused by advocating that gays could change their sexual orientation through prayer and therapy.

Share this article with your friends and followers:

Archives: , , ,

Filed under: National Headlines

43 more reader comments:

  1. Good riddance

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:07pm
  2. Praise the motherfuckin lord

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:07pm
  3. Best news I’ve heard in ages! Hooray!!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:07pm
  4. Must not of worked, huh. Hahaha good.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:09pm
  5. Love is not a sin….

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:11pm
  6. I’m going to shove this in the faces of the ex-gays who protest at Pride annually.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:11pm
  7. YES !

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:12pm
  8. Thank God!

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:14pm
  9. I’m surprised to hear no prevarication in their response. Simply admitting their entire operation is and always has been a colossal failure and immoral practice is pretty outstanding.

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:15pm
  10. gott ist mit denen die in liebe ,homosexualität ist keine krankheit

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:18pm
  11. Oh really? i thought it was… glad it’s down -_- stupid propogandas

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:19pm
  12. Helloooooooo…. Did they offer a money-back guarantee??

    Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 11:41pm
  13. good the nazi shop of horrors finally closed for good and now we can remeber the victims but move towards.our brighter future and put down the rest of those nazi homophobs

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 12:03am
  14. I was just hearing about them for the first time and thinking, “why can’t they just NOT exist?!” And now I can’t stop grinning after this news.

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 12:05am
  15. Praise de lowd

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 12:15am
  16. WOW. That is all.

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 12:22am
  17. Good.

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 12:23am
  18. Tell them not to let the bath house door hit ‘em in the ass on the way out! Stupid bastards

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 12:54am
  19. Excellent!

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 12:55am
  20. Very sad

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 3:04am
  21. fab

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 3:21am
  22. That’s One.

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 4:00am
  23. Cant turn straight into and gay into straight its in ur nature or not !!!!

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 4:51am
  24. Love ansd support, acceptance. Not therapy!!!

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 5:52am
  25. Catholicism still condemns us for what we are.

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 5:57am
  26. Hell YEAH!

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:13am
  27. fraud

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:24am
  28. this is so surprising… no, not really

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:27am
  29. Good riddance!

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:27am
  30. Their apology and shut down is nowhere NEAR good enough! As a matter of fact, I don’t accept their apology and hope they suffer the same torture and pain, the same hellish experience they have put others through.

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:27am
  31. Say it isn’t so! Lmao.. Well its about damn time!

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:33am
  32. it’s about time

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:34am
  33. They aren’t shutting down completely.

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:36am
  34. SHUT IT DOWN! I hope the words were heart-felt.

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:40am
  35. Good.

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:44am
  36. Fundies will never “get it”, because they live in their own little twilight zone of a world.

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:44am
  37. i went to that place years ago..its nothing but lies

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:48am
  38. They are not shutting down, just renaming it’s Nazi camp. No real apologies for lives destroyed and lost, due to their pathetic illusionary therapy.

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 6:55am
  39. Good riddance!

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 7:15am
  40. Watch and listen carefully maybe this is rebranding bullshit.

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 7:31am
  41. Good riddance hopefully all these other groups follow them aswell into obscurity. Were doing fine without this hate speech and religious pseudo science crap.

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 7:32am
  42. Finally!!!!!Good!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 7:44am
  43. YAY – there is a god! glad they will stop killing us with good intentions

    Posted on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 8:29am