In many ways, the “ex-gay” movement in the UK has been crippled. Exodus lost its foothold when Courage and Jeremy Marks acknowledged that no one can change from gay to straight and that to try was just causing more damage.
Many Brits I’ve spoken to recently assume that the “ex-gay” movement is simply another American oddity. UK Blogger and psychology PhD canidate, Contemplative Activist, begs to diiffer. She writes about the “ex-gay” and anti-gay activities that occur underground in British evangelical and charismatic churches and through the rising trend of Christian Counseling in the UK. Because it cannot be easily monitored, the unseen work of anti-gay activities in UK churches can be more harmful there then the very public work of Exodus when it was in full operation.
Out of her own experiences in UK churches she writes:
Was I involved in unusual crack-pot churches? No, I was not. I was just aware of what was going on because some of my closest friends were gay Christians – some of them still are, but many have left churches and are pursing their own spirituality, still suffering from the rejection caused by well-meaning but very very misguided Christians.
I’m telling you now – all this is going on behind the scenes in a church near you – yes, even the ones with cucumber sandwiches, and most likely in the ones with a lively and active group of young people.
Read the rest: Too English to be Ex-gay
Also in the UK, comicbook artist genius, Willie Hewes, muses on the root causes of homophobia. She tells the tale of her friend Iain who went from homophobic to gay-affirming–all from watching “lesbian porn”. Read They Do Exist: Ex-Homophobes