Exodus International, a large Christian ministry that claimed to offer a “cure” for homosexuality apologizes & closes down
June 20, 2013

In a press release posted on the ministry’s website Wednesday night, the board of directors announced the decision to close after nearly four decades.

“We’re not negating the ways God used Exodus to positively affect thousands of people, but a new generation of Christians is looking for change — and they want to be heard,” Exodus board member Tony Moore said.

The closure comes less than a day after Exodus released a statement apologizing to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community for years of undue judgment, by the organization and from the Christian Church as a whole.

“Exodus is an institution in the conservative Christian world, but we’ve ceased to be a living, breathing organism. For quite some time we’ve been imprisoned in a worldview that’s neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical,” said Alan Chambers, president of Exodus.

The apology coincided with the ministry’s annual conference in Irvine, Calif., and the planned broadcast of a “Gods & Gays” report on ”Our America With Lisa Ling,” which is slated to air on OWN tonight.

Last year, Chambers decided to stop endorsing the widely denounced practice of gay “reparative therapy.” The full text of his personal apology is available here.

Chambers isn’t the only Exodus member who is sorry. In April, John Paulk, former chairman of Exodus and the co-author of “Love Won Out: How God’s Love Helped Two People Leave Homosexuality and Find Each Other,” renounced his past involvement in the “ex-gay movement,” and expressed remorse for his actions.

“For the better part of 10 years, I was an advocate and spokesman for what’s known as the ‘ex-gay movement,’ where we declared that sexual orientation could be changed through a close-knit relationship with God, intensive therapy and strong determination,” Paulk said. “At the time, I truly believed that it would happen. And while many things in my life did change as a Christian, my sexual orientation did not.”

He added: “Today, I do not consider myself ‘ex-gay,’ and I no longer support or promote the movement. Please allow me to be clear: I do not believe that reparative therapy changes sexual orientation; in fact, it does great harm to many people.”

Exodus plans to launch a separate ministry that aims to be more welcoming.

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I mean, they’re gay & they had to deal with it. It must have been really confusing, frustrating & soul crushing to see the world move forward as they tried to pull people back and hold them in the closet. There’s nothing like fighting against the arc of history.

The apology is a great start, closing the program is even better; still, they have done so much damage to so many people’s lives. I don’t know how they can heal the damage they’ve inflicted but I know that now that they’ve acknowledged what they’ve done, they had better start trying. 

Palestine upstages Israel at World Pride…again!
July 11, 2012
Over the last few years, the Israeli government has been running a marketing campaign, ‘Brand Israel’, with a particular eye on gay tourism. Although there is a financial incentive in attracting the ‘pink pound’ to Israel, the key element has been to present an alternative image of Israel . At London’s biggest outdoor party for the gay community on Saturday 7 July, this alternative image was described in Tel Aviv’s promotional literature as ‘fun, free, fabulous’.   
World Pride, with a march through London and a rally in Trafalgar Square,  provided an ideal target audience for an initiative to ‘pinkwash’ Israel. Surely the fun-loving crowd would be receptive to the idea of partying on the beach in Tel Aviv – particularly with two gay Israeli acts on the main stage in Trafalgar Square? But as Harel Skaat, Israel’s 2010 Eurovision entrant, came on stage,  a sea of  Palestinian flags sprang up in the audience and were waved high above the crowds  throughout his performance and through some excruciatingly bad lip-syncing from the next act, 4 Drag Queens from Tel Aviv.
The Palestinian theme continued to snowball. The photo that World Pride host and television presenter, Gok Wan, tweeted from the stage to his 990,000 followers   showed Palestinian flags and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign banner  waving  prominently in the crowd. The photo went on to be retweeted at least 470 times.
And just as the Tel Aviv promoters must have thought it couldn’t get any worse, the veterans of London’s first Pride march, 40 years ago, came onto the stage – carrying a Palestinian flag  and with one wearing a Free Palestine t-shirt!  The money Israel must have spent on trying to promote a tolerant image of itself was undone in moments by a few simple acts of solidarity with Palestine.
There’s a very clear lesson here for the Israeli government and the Hasbara unit: you can’t spin your way out of criminal activity, and you can’t cover up your occupation by uncovering the muscles of pretty gay men on a sunny beach in Tel Aviv.
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Palestine upstages Israel at World Pride…again!

July 11, 2012

Over the last few years, the Israeli government has been running a marketing campaign, ‘Brand Israel’, with a particular eye on gay tourism. Although there is a financial incentive in attracting the ‘pink pound’ to Israel, the key element has been to present an alternative image of Israel . At London’s biggest outdoor party for the gay community on Saturday 7 July, this alternative image was described in Tel Aviv’s promotional literature as ‘fun, free, fabulous’.   

World Pride, with a march through London and a rally in Trafalgar Square,  provided an ideal target audience for an initiative to ‘pinkwash’ Israel. Surely the fun-loving crowd would be receptive to the idea of partying on the beach in Tel Aviv – particularly with two gay Israeli acts on the main stage in Trafalgar Square? But as Harel Skaat, Israel’s 2010 Eurovision entrant, came on stage,  a sea of  Palestinian flags sprang up in the audience and were waved high above the crowds  throughout his performance and through some excruciatingly bad lip-syncing from the next act, 4 Drag Queens from Tel Aviv.

The Palestinian theme continued to snowball. The photo that World Pride host and television presenter, Gok Wan, tweeted from the stage to his 990,000 followers   showed Palestinian flags and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign banner  waving  prominently in the crowd. The photo went on to be retweeted at least 470 times.

And just as the Tel Aviv promoters must have thought it couldn’t get any worse, the veterans of London’s first Pride march, 40 years ago, came onto the stage – carrying a Palestinian flag  and with one wearing a Free Palestine t-shirt!  The money Israel must have spent on trying to promote a tolerant image of itself was undone in moments by a few simple acts of solidarity with Palestine.

There’s a very clear lesson here for the Israeli government and the Hasbara unit: you can’t spin your way out of criminal activity, and you can’t cover up your occupation by uncovering the muscles of pretty gay men on a sunny beach in Tel Aviv.

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