Joe Moderate reports that Mark Yarhouse, the c0-creator of a controversial and widely debunked study on ex-gays, has begun work in his new creation.
Regent University professor Mark Yarhouse, co-author of the recent Intervarsity book Ex-Gays? A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation, is apparently conducting a study of mixed-orientation marriages.
Considering how the subjects in Yarhouse’s last study were handpicked (although he was not able to find nearly as many ex-gays as he had originally hoped) Joe sends out a call for involvement with the hope to balance out the study from a cross section of society,
My hope is that, if the response to this study’s call for participants is sufficiently broad and sufficiently diverse, the study may return more representative (and hence more useful) results.
If you presently are or have ever been married to a person with an orientation different from your own, I encourage you to participate in this study. Participation is anonymous and involves completing an online survey (see the study website for more information).
In other research news, I received an e-mail from a grad student doing some interesting research into the ex-gay world. This grad student is specifically interested in meeting any of the protesters who are in IL this week in response to the Exodus International annual conference.
Seeking interviews with those who want to protest Exodus International!
Greetings!! I’m a grad student doing my thesis on the tensions between the religious community and the LGBT community. My ultimate goal is to try to comprehend the issues contributing to the tension in an effort to promote understanding. It is my belief that organizations such as Exodus contribute to some of the misperceptions that fuel the misunderstanding between these two communities.
I will be in town for part of the Exodus conference in Wheaton, IL and I understand that there will be protests tonight at the opening session. I’m flying in too late to be at the protest, however, I’m extremely interested in interviewing anyone the area that will be or wants to be protesting Exodus. As an ex-ex-gay myself, I realize the dire importance of adding these voices of protest into my research! As ex-ex-gays we have walked in a world that seems completely unreal to those who have not.
So, if you are in the Wheaton area (LGBT, ex-ex-gay, or LGBT ally)—especially if you are protesting Exodus, I’d love to be in touch with you and schedule an interview while I’m in town! You can email me for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org . My name is concealed here for the purpose of gaining anonymous admission to the conference!!
I look forward to meeting you!!
Right Wing Dropout
Finally, I’ve felt really inspired by the story of a 17 year old guy who just completed a solo sailing trip around the world. I first heard about the story in an ESPN article and marveled at Zac Sunderland’s courage, particularly in the face of genuine dangers and disappointments.
Throughout the yearlong journey—on a 36-foot sailboat he bought with his own money—the 17-year old braved pirates off the coast of Indonesia, severe storms, loneliness, and exhaustion.
Read about it at The Daily Beast (my favorite one stop shop for news)