The “Ex-Gay” Exodus

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Southern Poverty Law Center News
June 20, 2013

Exodus International, one of the leading conversion therapy networks in the world, announced that it is shutting down after years of promoting a dangerous and discredited practice that claims to convert people from gay to straight…

The decision by Exodus – the result of a unanimous vote by its board of directors – was announced yesterday and comes after Exodus International President Alan Chambers posted an apology on the group’s website, saying it is time for someone to “finally own and acknowledge the hurt of others.”

“I am sorry for the pain and hurt many of you have experienced,” he wrote. “I am sorry that some of you spent years working through the shame and guilt you felt when your attractions didn’t change. I am sorry we promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized parents. I am sorry that there were times I didn’t stand up to people publicly ‘on my side’ who called you names like sodomite—or worse.”…

An analysis of FBI hate crime statistics by the SPLC shows that the LGBT community is the minority most victimized by violent hate crimes.

Full article here.

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