Sep 7, 2008

The TRUTH and REALITY regarding the "Converting" of our GAY family, friends and coworkers into Heterosexuals:

"Ex-gay" groups believe that homosexuality is a "lifestyle choice," a set of behaviors, rather than an orientation. "Ex-gay" groups believe these behaviors are the result of a combination of factors including poor parenting, inability to develop "healthy" friendships with people of the same gender, and childhood sexual abuse. These groups believe that the damage caused by these factors can be undone through reparative therapy."*

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Gov. Sarah Palin's church is promoting a conference that promises to convert gays into heterosexuals...(The Wasilla Bible Church)

What is the "ex-gay" movement?
The "ex-gay" movement is comprised of religious based organizations and quasi-mental-health groups that claim gay and lesbian people can change their sexual orientation through a combination of repentance, intense religious devotion, bible study, and "reparative therapy." These organizations believe that a homosexual person is in a sick or fallen state and must be healed from this sinful and unnatural disorder. Only through healing can a gay or lesbian individual become a "whole person." Generally, these groups make little or no mention of bisexual and transgender people.

Most mainstream Christian and Jewish leaders and traditions do not endorse reparative-style therapies. In fact, most religions promote love and acceptance and work to end discrimination against all people including gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons.*

"Ex-gay" programs have been denounced by every respected medical and mental health care organization and child welfare agency in America, including:

American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
American Medical Association
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Association of School Administrators
American Federation of Teachers
The Interfaith Alliance Foundation
National Academy of Social Workers
National Education Association
American Counseling Association
World Health Organization
Council on Child and Adolescent Health.*

Pluralism and Tolerance

Pluralism and tolerance are core American values. "Ex-gay" movements promote intolerance when they portray homosexuality as an evil sickness in need of a "cure."
Even if sexual orientation were a choice, it cannot be grounds for the denial of the basic human rights of justice, equality, life, and liberty that are guaranteed in the foundational documents of the United States of America.
"Ex-gay" groups do not get at the heart of the unhappiness that some gay and lesbian people feel, an unhappiness that results from the messages of rejection spoken in many U.S. churches, communities and families.
"Ex-gay" ministries are being supported and used by right-wing political groups to promote an ultra-conservative, sectarian agenda that aims to destroy the important wall of separation between church and state.
"Ex-gay" groups mix mental health, religion and politics in very misleading ways. "Ex-gay" leaders are often untrained and unlicensed in counseling, social work, or therapy but offer these services.
The promotion of reparative therapy by "ex-gay" groups adds to the harassment and violence some youth face because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation.
Thanks to Jeff Ford, MA. Other materials adapted from Equality Colorado and Equality Florida.*

Thanks to:

*OutFront Minnesota Fact Sheet:

The Truth About "Converting" read and the right side bar or click here:

The Facts regarding the "Converting" of your LGBT family and friends

UPDATE...More about Governor Sarah Palin:

"...being openly racist is only the tip of the Palin iceberg. According to Alaskans interviewed for this article, she is also vindictive and mean. We’re talking Rove mean and Nixon vindictive."**

**The Progressive Curmudgeon® can be found at the side bar or click here:

Alaskans Speak In Frightened Whisper

Mil Gracias, Cany: Just Another Black Sheep, read more at the right side bar or click here:

Holy Tamole What Palin Said


Brace yourself Alaska; The homo haters are coming to town
By Jody May-Chang

"The homo haters for Jesus are coming to Sarah Palin Country. James Dobson’s Focus on the Family’s anti-gay ministry ‘Love Won Out’ will soon be converging on Anchorage to save the homosexuals.

On September 13th the Christian “Repairative Therapy” group will land in Anchorage for their annual conference. Dobson’s group and others like them, claim that with the acceptance of Jesus Christ, they can turn unhappy homosexuals into happy heterosexuals.

The core belief of these people is junk science and using religious propaganda to justify abuse and hatred of LGBT people. They claim that no one is born gay, that we are gay because we have had unhealthy, distant or absentee relationships with one or both of our parents or that we have been sexually abused. That certainly does not describe me...."

Read more here:

"Repairative Therapy" is junk science and religious propaganda


Bonnie said...

Hi Leonardo--Given their rationale, you should be straight and I should be a lesbian and ALL of my children should be straight. But, one of my children is gay.

I shall pray that God will enlighten them somehow, someday. Frightening is having people who are this ignorant in any position of authority in our lives.

Leonardo Ricardo said...

Bonnie, these are flat our exploiters and opportunists we're dealing with now...they use FEAR and HATE as threats/bribes to get whatever it is they think they MUST HAVE and they are cowards (no matter how bold they appear)...usually, inflated ego/money for PERSONAL STANDING requires the Grandstanding (to insure/prove they are somebody other than insecure and spoiled/selfish emotionally twisted twits they really are)...these terrorfilled "belivers" are running as fast as they can and they don't even know why!

Leonardo Ricardo said...

It's amazing to me that many of those who are harping about the lack of Godliness in others don't seem to TRUST that very same God and roar around defending a God who needs NO DEFENSE!

FranIAm said...

We were all made in God's image and what a beautiful image that is indeed.

And as such you do not need to "change." As you know.

She is dangerous.

If you can stand it, I have video of her giving a talk in her old church.

It is not anti-gay, but it is a challenge to watch and listen to. However, I hope people look at it as it reveals her for who she is.