A Dungeon of Biblical Proportions or an Ex-Gay Program?

Lots of people want to know about my time in the Love in Action Homo No Mo Halfway House. Just today I spoke to a journalist who had lots of questions about the program, the “treatments”, rules, etc. Recently for a Pink News article I shared in detail about some of what happens behind the doors of one of these ex-gay camps.

One question I do not often get, but perhaps is as important or more important is What does it feel like to be in an ex-gay residential program? Ah, well, so many feelings, a true roller coaster of feeling. In the following video I juxtapose the musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (performed by fellow Love in Action alum Bob Painter) with how it feels to be in the Homo No Mo Halfway House.



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  1. Steve Schmidt on July 27, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Wow, Peterson. I never realized how ugly the ex-gay scene is. Such despair and humiliation. And how does one ever come to believe that they are acceptable to God again after that kind of experience? It’s truly a miracle that anyone recovers.
    Thanks for the eye-opener

  2. peterson toscano on July 27, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    Steve, thanks for writing. Good question, “How does one ever come to believe that they are acceptable to God again…?” Yeah, recovery is HARD work. Many people don’t recover and just cope the best they can. It’s hurts too much too look at some of this stuff. Easier to come out of the closet and pack up the ex-gay experiences we’ve have and deposit them in the closet. I don’t blame anyone for not wanting to talk about this stuff. It is ROUGH. But there is healing and recovery.

    We will have an Ex-Gay Survivor Conference in NOV. and I hope lots of folks will come to it. See http://www.beyondexgay.com

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