Ex-Gay-related studies of note

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 rightwingdropout@gmail.com . My name is concealed here for the purpose of gaining anonymous admission to the conference!!

I look forward to meeting you!!

peace,

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)

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  1. Stephen on July 19, 2009 at 1:55 pm Reply

    As a bisexual man most of my relationships have been “mixed orientation” although not necessarily as the study defines it as “a marriage in which one spouse experiences same sex attractions and the other spouse is heterosexual.” This excludes a bisexual person in relationship with a homosexual person.

    It seems like the ex-gay conversation often doesn’t take into accound bisexuality. It seems to me any “success stories” from ex-gay ministries are from bisexual people. But this is something that proponents of ex-gay ministries and also the gay community don’t want to admit to.

    • p2son on July 19, 2009 at 5:38 pm Reply

      Stephen, you have uncovered one of what may be many flaws in this biased study.

      One strange shared feature of the Ex-Gay world the “gay community” that I have discovered, is that in addition to all the gender policing I have experienced in both world, many in those two groups also deny or minimize the existence of bisexuals.

      As I say in my play, Queer 101 when Chad goes through the gAy,B,Cs’:

      Then we have B for Bisexual. Now this one always got me, because I didn’t realize there really were bisexuals in the world. I just thought they were an urban legend or that bisexuals had gone extinct during the first Bush administration.

      But there really are bisexuals, and they’re not confused. And they’re not greedy. But they do swim in a significantly larger pool than I do.

      This is a matter of integrity which the ex-gay leaders have failed to address. If a person has attractions for people of the same-sex and can also successfully negotiate a relationship with someone of the other sex, (then technically that is bisexuality.

      We know from our own experiences and from the actual acknowledgment of public ex-gay figures that no one actually changes from homosexual to heterosexual. They change their behavior and how they identify. They can’t accurately call themselves heterosexuals, because they know they are not. Yet they won’t call themselves bisexuals, because they want to convince the world that that everyone can have the same experience that they claim to have had.

  2. Ben in Oakland on July 19, 2009 at 3:53 pm Reply

    “Used to be gay”
    plus
    “Now I’m Straight”
    equals
    “Was always bisexual but really upset about the ‘bi’ part.”

  3. Rhea on July 21, 2009 at 12:09 am Reply

    I think that Ben in Oakland hit the nail on the head.

  4. Max the Communist on July 23, 2009 at 6:13 am Reply

    Actually, there is a history of bisexual denial here. Dr. Charles Socarides, who founded NARTH, utterly and completely denied the existence of bisexuals or people whose sexuality is fluid. He claimed that anyone identifying as bi was either delusional or lying. In direct contradiction to Freud’s theories of sexuality, which posit a basic bisexual or polymorphous attraction as the beginning template for psychosexual development, Socarides posited the homosexual person as a failed heterosexual. No middle ground, overlap, or grey area, period.

    NARTH, through its president Dr. Nicolosi, continues to deny the existence of bisexuals. But he also denies that their is any such person as homosexual, as well. According to him, there are no homosexuals, just broken heterosexuals or heterosexuals with homosexual problems. Thus, NARTH’s entire program is based on the denial of both homosexual and bisexual existence.

  5. Ephilei on August 7, 2009 at 9:37 am Reply

    As an asexual person, (probably) all of my relationships will be with mixed orientation. Just saying.

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