When Jared Dixon worked up the courage to come out to his parents it didn’t go well. His father said that being gay was “abnormal.” His mother and father began pressuring Jared to try “ex-gay” conversion therapy. This is a discredited practice that falsely claims to change sexual orientation or gender identity through prayer or […]
In 2012, then-Exodus President Alan Chambers decided to abandon the “ex-gay” industry. He said no one changes and it harms people. “It was the continual unwrapping of the bandages around my eyes. My [gay] feelings haven’t changed and nobody else’s feelings that I ever met have changed. It began to chip away my belief that […]
To the Dark Side and Back Gets Inside the Minds of Former Ex-Gay Leaders and Answers the Question: ‘Why Did They Do it?’ WASHINGTON – Truth Wins Out (TWO) released To the Dark Side and Back today, a new 110-page multi-media, interactive publication which features Executive Director Wayne Besen interviewing seven former “ex-gay” leaders. The […]
My ‘ex-gay’ conversion ‘therapist’ tried to cure me with a rubber band Brian Nesbitt grew up in a conservative Christian home in Clovis, NM. He tried to change his sexual orientation through “ex-gay” conversion therapy. It didn’t work and had harmful effects. Part of his “therapy” was snapping a rubber band on his wrist every […]
Yvette Cantu Schneider worked as a policy analyst at the Family Research Council (1998-2001). She ran an ex-gay ministry in Virginia called “Grace Christian Fellowship and was a consultant for Fellowship of Christian Athletes (2001-2007). Yvette was a speaker at Focus on the Family’s “ex-gay” roadshow Love Won Out. She was the Director of Women’s […]
Promoters of “ex-gay” programs love to talk about (non-existent) sexual orientation or gender identity “change”. What these groups hate to discuss is their wacky, unethical, unprofessional and psychologically abusive methods. When people actually see what “ex-gay” conversion programs do, they are repulsed and see it as quackery.
Many people have heard of “ex-gay” conversion therapy, but few actually know what it entails. While the leaders claim they have “changed”, their sexual behavior paints a different portrait. Conversion programs also preach bizarre ideas that are far outside mainstream psychology.