(From Kim van der Linde)
This evening, I attended a panel discussion titled: All God’s Children: LGBTQ Members of Faith & the Ex-Gay Movement. It was jointly organized by the Pride (the on campus student version) and Seminole Christian Life, a very conservative christian student body. I have taped the whole conversation, and I am currently making a backup to my webserver so that the file cannot get lost.
I will upload the video in sections to YouTube in the coming days. Before the panel started, two of the ex-gay members asked me to refrain from making the video, because they were afraid that the message would be distorted by selectively cherry picking pieces of the video.
So, I told them that if I would upload the video to YouTube, I would upload it integrally. I personally think the complete video is much more powerful, so that is not an issue. Internally, I was actually quite appalled by it, knowing that the ex-gay movement has a reputation of distorting the information of others.
What follows is my personal impression.