President Of ‘Ex-Gay’ Ministry Announces That He Is Closing His Anti-Gayifying Factory

gay cake topperExodus International, a very large “ex-gay” ministry is having a change of heart in the ways of ex-gayifying. The president, Alan Chambers, has announced that the organization will be closing due to an epiphany that he and his church have done “wrong” by queer people and their families. Happy Pride month!

In a letter entitled “I Am Sorry” on Exodus’s website, Alan describes how has always striven to come “to a place of peace” in his ministry’s exploration of homosexuality. In his words, it is this ambition that lead him to finally realize that he has been in the wrong:

It is strange to be someone who has both been hurt by the church’s treatment of the LGBT community, and also to be someone who must apologize for being part of the very system of ignorance that perpetuated that hurt. Today it is as if I’ve just woken up to a greater sense of how painful it is to be a sinner in the hands of an angry church.

But Chambers elaborates that this apology to the LGBTQ community is not just from him, but his entire Church — whether they like it or not:

I realize some within the communities for which I apologize will say I don’t have the right, as one man, to do so on their behalf.  But if the Church is a body, with many members being connected to the whole, then I believe that what one of us does right we all do right, and what one of us does wrong we all do wrong. We have done wrong, and I stand with many others who now recognize the need to offer apologies and make things right.  I believe this apology – however imperfect – is what God the Father would have me do.

Considering the scary effects of “gay therapy” and the like on children, similar “ex-gay” practices for grownups can meet a smouldering demise for all I care. While adults are free to engage in whatever quack therapy they want, the discontinuation of such a big organization calls for nothing short of a fist pump for the many families who were no doubt poisoned by this drivel.

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    • keelhaulrose

      I’d feel better about this if it came in time to help all those who committed suicide after going through this program and finding it doesn’t help.
      I’m glad Exodus is gone, but someone else will take its place.

      • Cee

        Exactly! Fuck this guy. Im sure at least one person has committed suicide because of him. Not to mention the number of people living with mental issues or having a sham hetero marriage because of him. Glad its closed but this guy probably has blood on his hands.

      • http://www.facebook.com/RetiredSceneQueen Emmali Lucia

        I think that’s why he made a public apology, I think he realizes the blood he has on his hands.
        I’d like to think that he realized how wrong he was and how awful his program is, that’s why he apologized for his entire church and didn’t just give one of those “Sorry I’m not sorry” (Or “I apologise for my tone”) apologies that we all read after someone gets called out for saying something awful.
        I feel like he means this apology, something life-changing must have happened lately.
        Let’s just hope all the bigots come to their senses and realize what a great mistake it is to invalidate someone’s feelings and try to “Pray away” the way someone is.

    • ElleJai

      I’m bi, and have several close friends and relatives who are fay. I split with my church for refusing to recognise that being gay is not a choice, it’s something you’re born with. I’m involved in the gay community and have supported several people through coming out, or suicidal impulses on realising what being gay changes in their lives, or after being gaybashedd etc. I know all about the stats, the uphill battle you sadly so often face and how vulnerable your church can make you feel and ex-gay programs make me sick to my stomach.

      BUT.

      These people, the ones who honestly believe they’re doing the right thing, they carry nothing more than ignorance. The choice to commit suicide was the choice of the person. The church failed only in recognising the mental health issue and referring to a psychiatrist. What is their general policy for the mentally ill anyway? Are psychiatrists encouraged or do we pray first?

      It’s a whole endemic, and a problem from the organisational level down. This man’s values didn’t kill anyone, but they failed a duty of care to the vulnerable people in his charge. One of my cousins once said he’d do anything to not be gay. He’s. Catholic, and at several points he may have been tempted to sign up to an anti gay program if we had them in our country.

      Blood on his hands is a bit strong. Now he knows better, he’ll do better, and I for one, am grateful he came to this understanding. Late is better than never.

    • kitten

      This kind of thing reminds me of the movie But Im a Cheerleader, if you havent seen it, you should