Ex-Gay Survivors In the Life

With their current episode Ties that Bind the award winning US public TV program In the Life focuses on issues of faith and sexuality and in particular the Ex-Gay Survivor Movement including footage from the 2007 Ex-Gay Survivor conference and the historic apology from former Exodus leaders.

In the segment they accurately and powerfully connect the religious-based oppression of gays and lesbians with the political movement to deny LGBT people equal rights.

Believing that homosexuals have no place in the Christian Church, ex-gay ministries like EXODUS International promise gay and lesbian people struggling to live within the margins of religious fundamentalism “freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ.”  In its lead-story, “In God We Trusted,” this episode of IN THE LIFE examines evangelical ex-gay ministries that have been established around the country to “re-program” LGBT people into heterosexuals — often with tragic consequences endured by its members: guilt, desperation, even suicide.

The segment features Christne Bakke, Wayne Besen, Mel White, Darlene Bogle, Vincent Cervantes, Daniel Gonzales, Michael Bussee and me. You can view it for yourself on-line.

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  1. Joe G. on January 11, 2009 at 11:38 pm Reply

    It was a very well done segment, but it looked as if you had a 5 o’clock shadow. Don’t you think you should shave the next time that you’re featured on a news story?

  2. p2son on January 12, 2009 at 2:01 pm Reply

    Joe, we filmed that in LA and as per your suggestion I contacted a stylist (You really think my personal style comes across looking something between Annie Hall and Henry Kissinger??? Boy, you date yourself) The stylist thought the rough and tumble look would be good for me. I tried to explain that I once attempted to butch it up and that turned into a disaster, but you know how these Californians are…

  3. Whittier on January 12, 2009 at 5:11 pm Reply

    When I click on the links for the video and the segments, I get a “Not Found” message. 🙁 Should I just wait? Do you have any other suggestions?

  4. p2son on January 12, 2009 at 5:18 pm Reply

    Whittier, hmmm, I just checked all the links both at my site and on their site, and they seem to work fine. Perhaps if you refresh your browser. The web address for the program is http://www.inthelifetv.org

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