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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. [ Read more → ]
John Paulk

Former Exodus chairman apologizes, renounces ‘reparative therapy’

Saturday, April 27, 2013
John Paulk, the former chairman of Exodus International, a Christian ministry devoted to performing controversial gay-to-straight “reparative therapy” has formally renounced his past and says he is “truly, truly sorry" for the pain he's caused by advocating for that gays could change their sexual orientation through prayer and therapy. [ Read more → ]

Tax records: Chick-fil-A donations to anti-LGBT groups nearly doubled in 2011

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Fast-food chain Chick-fil-A — embroiled in a controversy last year surrounding the millions of dollars it donated in 2009 and 2010 to anti-gay organizations — almost doubled it’s charitable donations to anti-gay groups in 2011, according to newly released IRS documents. [ Read more → ]

True LGBT Story: Robbie Maris, ‘I’m from New Berlin, Wisc.’

Saturday, May 5, 2012
In this video story from "I'm from Driftwood," Robbie Maris tells that, after coming out to his religiously conservative parents, he was sent to “ex-gay” ministry, Exodus International. [ Read more → ]

‘Ex-Gay’ myth hits Caribbean: Newspaper ad declares ‘truth’ about gays

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The ‘ex-gay’ religious movement has expanded beyond its American origins throughout the world. Now the same lies pushed by the same American "ex-gay" propagandists are finding an audience in the Caribbean. [ Read more → ]

The Top 10 Ex-Gay Stories of 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
In June, I penned a column, “The Fall of the Ex-Gay Myth,” which predicted that so-called “ex-gay” programs would crumble from internal rot. “It’s time for the discredited ‘ex-gay’ myth to simply go away and be rightfully viewed as an experiment that was tried and failed,” I wrote at the time. In the months since this column was written the decline of these “pray away the gay” organizations has only accelerated. [ Read more → ]

Report: Chick-fil-A donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay causes in 2009

Tuesday, November 1, 2011
New IRS 990 forms reveal that fast-food restaurant chain Chick-fil-A donated nearly $2 million to anti-gay groups in 2009, reports Equality Matters. [ Read more → ]
Fiona Simpson

Australian Member of Parliament suggests: If you’re gay, ‘grow out of it’

Friday, October 28, 2011
Fiona Simpson, a member of the Queensland Parliament, who is actively seeking a ministerial position in a Liberal National Party government that would entail responsibilities for community services and women's services agencies, is being criticized for a 2002 speech where she said that "people can grow out of the homosexual lifestyle thanks to efforts by “compassionate” support groups" such as Exodus Ministries International. [ Read more → ]

Of all the ‘ex-gay’ ministries, John Smid’s ‘was the most cult-like’

Friday, October 14, 2011
For decades, John Smid had been the leader of Love in Action, the infamous “ex-gay” ministry that took away the underwear of clients if the undergarments appeared too gay. The strict Memphis-based ministry also used an egg timer in the bathroom to make sure its clients would not masturbate while showering. [ Read more → ]
John Smid

Former ‘ex-gay’ leader comes out, says he ‘can no longer condemn gays’

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
John Smid, the former Executive Director of Exodus International’s oldest ministry "Love in Action," has publicly admitted that he is gay, and now says that being LGBTQ is an intrinsic part of a person’s being, not a "behavior" that one can repent from. [ Read more → ]

Hong Kong hires conversion therapy expert as social welfare trainer

Sunday, June 19, 2011
Hong Kong has hired prominent local psychiatrist Hong Kwai-wah, who specializes in “treating unwanted homosexuality,” as a trainer for its social welfare staff. [ Read more → ]

Apple dumps ‘Gay Cure’ iPhone App after 146,000 people petition for its removal

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Truth Wins Out and Change.org praised Apple today after the company removed a virulently anti-gay iPhone app launched by Exodus International that promoted “curing” gay people. [ Read more → ]
Lisa Ling

The Oprah Winfrey Network’s great shame: Lisa Ling’s ‘Our America’

Sunday, March 20, 2011
The Oprah Winfrey Network’s "Our America" with Lisa Ling has produced an indulgent puff-piece on “ex-gay” programs, “Pray the Gay Away”, that included gross factual inaccuracies resulting from a lack of research and lazy reporting. [ Read more → ]

Petition asks Apple to remove ‘ex-gay’ group Exodus’ iPhone app

Saturday, March 12, 2011
Exodus International, the notorious "ex-gay" organization that claims to offer “freedom from homosexuality," has released an iPhone app that, according to its website, is "designed to be a useful resource for men, women, parents, students, and ministry leaders." [ Read more → ]
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