I interrupt my vacation in South Africa (ah it is lovely) to alert you to the January airing of In the Life, a public TV program about LGBTQ issues and concerns. In addition to a conversation with Bishop Gene Robinson, In the Life will also highlight the Ex-Gay Survivor Movement including interviews from some of us who attended the first Ex-Gay Survivor Conference.
In the wake of many defeats sustained by the LGBT community on Election Day, with the historic passage of Proposition 8 in California and similar amendments in other states, the entire country has been witness to how religion is used as a wedge in the larger community.
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.
Now back to my previously scheduled vacation. Today in the Eastern part of South Africa I took in the view of the Escarpment from Kaapsche Hoop. Wild horses ran, well wild. I also went deep into the Sudwala Cave, the biggest cave I’ve ever been in (a bat flew right in my face and I only squealed a little.)
The first few days of the trip we (meaning Glen, my boyfriend and Jenna, his colleague, and me) explored Johannesburg and Pretoria. The Voortrekker Monument felt scary on several levels. I’ve been doing most of the driving zipping around on the left side of the road, whipping around traffic. It’s like a video game, but real. Tomorrow we head out for three days in Kruger National Park. Yummy.