In a WorldNetDaily article promoting the Love Won Out ex-gay road show, writer Bob Unruh reports:
One organization, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays, said the term “ex-gay” threatens the homosexual community because “it implies that one remains homosexual by choice. That the gay person need not continue in the homosexual lifestyle is an unsettling message.”
[Gary] Schneeburger [of Focus on the Family] agreed. He said the one thread that runs through all the testimonies of speakers at Love Won Out conferences is the revelation individuals had when they realized that change was possible.
“That message is what folks [in the homosexual community] are intolerant about. They don’t want to have the discussion,” he said.
Various web sites periodically voice the false hope that the ex-gay movement is moderating its dishonest rhetoric of undefined “change”; PFOX and Focus on the Family, however, demonstrate a steadfast commitment to the failed rhetoric of the past.
They continue to proclaim that “change” is defined as a change of sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual, and not just a change of behavior from sexual, romantic and spiritual intimacy to loveless celibacy.
PFOX, in particular, continues to traumatize parents of same-sex-attracted persons with the false message that sexual orientation itself, and not just behavior or labeling, changes in persons who undergo amateur ex-gay “therapy” led by political ideologues:
PFOX said the message of being ex-“gay” is very important. “It is our witness to the life-changing power of Jesus Christ. It is the ray of hope that flickers within the gay community that homosexuality is not a terminal condition. In itself, it says, ‘There IS a way out!'”
PFOX condemns tolerance of gay and gender-variant persons while demanding tolerance of unlicensed counselors whose statements about sexual orientation are deliberately misleading and — through the testimonies of former ex-gays and their families — proven to be damaging to individuals and the family.
PFOX demands tolerance of its intolerance, even as the organization aids its overseers at the Family Research Council in promoting intolerance in Maryland schools and discrimination in Maryland public accommodations.
Through its upcoming ex-gay roadshow in Orlando — an event obediently fronted by Focus’ political and financial beneficiaries at Exodus International — Focus perpetuates the myth of a singular, insecure, and superficial gay “identity” that hinges upon the same obsessive conformity and correctness that Focus and Exodus promote through their own obsession with identity politics:
Those who have adopted the belief that they were born homosexual, too, can experience a real “world-rocker” with the revelation of the possibility of change, [Schneeberger] said.
“That hits at the core of their identity,” he said.