Ex-LGBTQ activists held a rally this weekend in Washington, D.C., which was attended by 36 people.
The “Freedom March,” organized by Voice of the Voiceless, was held this past Saturday at the National Sylvan Theater. Voice of the Voiceless is an ex-LGBTQ group that has advocated for conversion therapy on college campuses.
The Freedom March was “an opportunity for those of us who have a new life with Jesus to come together in fellowship and praise Him for the love and grace available to everyone who seeks it [and] to testify publicly of the life-changing grace available to leave the LGBT identity for something greater,” said Daren Mehl, president of Voice of the Voiceless.
The rally had several speakers, including ex-transgender activist Jeffrey McCall, Pulse shooting survivor Luis Ruiz, and “Activist Mommy” Elizabeth Johnston, who claims that schools are forcing kids to learn how to have anal sex.
McCall wore a red T-shirt that read #Jesus. He said, “Everyone has marches, all kinds of views and opinions. So I said, ‘I don’t really know about a march for people coming out of the LGBT [community] to follow Jesus so I want to do that.'”
Johnston, who does not identify as ex-LGBTQ, prefaced her comments by saying that she has “friends who are homosexuals” before identifying as an ex-LGBTQ “ally.”
“I am pro-choice. I believe those who choose to engage in homosexual sin also have the right not to engage in homosexuality, and they have the choice to seek therapy for their unnatural and unwanted desires,” Johnston said, without specifying which mainstream LGBTQ group advocates forced homosexuality.
The ex-LGBTQ movement has a deep sense of victimhood. No state bans adults from seeking conversion therapy, and even California, which is in the process of discussing the nation’s most aggressive anti-conversion therapy bill, isn’t trying to ban it but force conversion therapists to stop claiming in advertisements that they can change someone’s sexual orientation since there’s no evidence that they can.
Groups like Voice for the Voiceless portray conversion therapy as a science-based endeavor and not primarily religious. However, when the rally turned into a march from the National Mall to the White House, the rhetoric became exclusively Christian and the participants broke out in Christian song.
They held signs that read “Thank you Jesus” and chanted “Jesus loves” and “Freedom in Christ, it’s so nice.”