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Born Perfect: A journey to find a way to change, but instead finding the truth

| Saturday, June 28, 2014
I first became aware that I was gay at a time when it was considered a sin, a sickness, and a crime. During elementary and junior high, I was regularly bullied and beaten by boys who sensed somehow that I was different, who called me “homo” and “sissy.” Before I even reached my teens, I had decided that someday – somehow – I would find a way to change...

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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.

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Former Exodus chairman apologizes, renounces ‘reparative therapy’

| Saturday, April 27, 2013
John Paulk
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.

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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

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

| Friday, October 28, 2011
Fiona Simpson
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.

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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.

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