Headlines from Parallel Ex-Gay Universes

Two headlines from my email inbox: Ex-Gay Movement, Alive, Strong, & Moving Forward! Organizers Cancel 'Ex-Gay Pride Month' Citing Vague 'Security Threats' The first comes from the Illinois Family Institute and Linda Jernigan who puts on a brave front and offers her book for sale. The second comes from The Advocate and describes the cancellation of ex-gay pride month (or now "ex-gay half-month"). From one point of view, things look rosy; from another, things are comically … [Read more...]

Alan Chambers: 99.9% have not experienced a change in their orientation

As noted Friday, President of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, spoke that evening as a part of a panel discussion at the annual conference of the Gay Christian Network.  Audio of the panel is now up at GCN (Part 1, part 2). During part 2, about 5:30 into the file, Alan Chambers is asked, I think by GCN Executive Director Justin Lee,  about the way Exodus and member ministries describe the work they do. Specifically, Lee asked about the slogan "change is possible." Chambers responds by … [Read more...]

Alan Chambers to be part of a panel at Gay Christian Network conference

Tonight, if you are around Orlando, FL, you could take in a panel discussion (tip XGW) at the Gay Christian Network conference featuring Alan Chambers, Jeremy Marks, Wendy Gritter, and John Smid. I am told that a video will be made of the event and available on the GCN website. Marks, Gritter and Smid have issued apologies for their advocacy of the ex-gay movement over the past several years. Smid today sent an email to his mailing list linking to another apology on his website. I will … [Read more...]

Is PFOX anti-ex-gay?

A couple of weeks ago, the Parents and Friends of Ex-gays asked the riveting question: Is Grove City College anti-ex-gay? Now I want to know, Is PFOX anti-ex-gay? Let me explain why inquiring minds want to know. In apparent answer to the query about GCC, the PFOX blog poster reproduced Peter LaBarbera's call to action and the One"News"Now article about me. Because I dispute stereotypes about gays and report the research as it is, LaBarbera says I engage in "pro-homosexual activism." Here … [Read more...]

First study to refer to ex-gays discredited

In 2000, I presented a paper at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association outlining studies which referred to ex-gays, i.e., people who rejected gay as an identity for religious reasons. That presentation was part of a larger symposium organized by Mark Yarhouse and Doug Haldeman on religious and GLB issues. In 2002, that paper was published in the APA journal Professional Psychology: Research and Practice.* That was the same year I was given the Freud Award at the NARTH … [Read more...]

The Jones and Yarhouse study: What does it mean?

Let me begin by saying that I endorsed the book, Ex-Gays, A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation, by Stanton Jones and Mark Yarhouse which contained the first report of their longitudinal study. Since the publication of the book, Jones and Yarhouse have released results of their final follow up, first in 2009 at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, and then most recently in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. With the follow up, … [Read more...]

NARTH Touts Jones and Yarhouse Study

I was wondering when NARTH would weigh in on the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy publication of the Jones and Yarhouse study. Dated October, 2011, the title of the post -- Change in Sexual Orientation is Possible -- immediately spins the study. Here is what the press release about the Jones and Yarhouse study says: WHEATON, Ill., Sept. 27, 2011 /Standard Newswire/ -- Many professional voices proclaim that it is impossible to change homosexual orientation, and that the attempt to change is … [Read more...]

Blog post at US News & World Report: Does the APA advise a church switch?

Here's the blog post over at Dan Gilgoff's US News and World Report blog, God and Country. The backdrop: The initial article about the APA sexual orientation and therapy report to hit the wire was by David Crary at the AP. However, some (many?) papers truncated the article in such a way that it seemed as though the APA was recommending either celibacy or a church switch as a way to resolve sexual orientation conflict. Not long afterwards, OneNewsNow picked up that point and ran with it. … [Read more...]

World Magazine on the APA sexual orientation task force report

Alisa Harris at World Magazine has a web only article out today discussing the APA task force report. I am quoted along with David Pruden at NARTH. There are a couple of points in the NARTH information that are incorrect. Psychologist Warren Throckmorton once met a woman who was in a lifelong lesbian relationship and suddenly, with no prefaced desire to leave her lesbian lifestyle, fell in love with a guy at work. She left her lesbian partner and married the man. The American … [Read more...]

Thoughts on the status of the Reorientation Wars

So now that the dust has started to settle from the APA convention in Toronto, let's review the status of the Reorientation Wars. Does therapy change orientation? In anticipation of the APA's report, NARTH fired an opening salvo with their paper (What Research Shows...). Perhaps sensing, incorrectly as it turns out, that the APA would advocate a ban on reorientation therapy, NARTH tossed every positive reference to change they could find into the paper. They noted problems in defining … [Read more...]