In fact, it is great to be gay, if that is true for you, which it is for me. Bianca Phillips at the Memphis Flier wrote a super article all about Deconstructing the Ex-Gay Myth—A Weekend of Action & Art. For a title she used a slogan that the young folks chanted during the 2005 summer actions outside of Love in Action–It’s Okay to Be Gay!
In the piece she lists off all the events for the weekend shares some of her interview with Morgan Jon Fox and with me.
On Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m., Beyond Ex-Gay will host its Mid-South Regional Gathering, a series of workshops and panels for ex-gay survivors, at the gay and lesbian center.
“There’s a lot of psychological, emotional, and spiritual damage [in ex-gay survivors], and there’s a need to unpack what we’ve done to ourselves and let other people do to us,” Toscano says. “This regional gathering will give ex-gay survivors a chance to check in and talk to each other.”
Also on Saturday, local filmmaker Morgan Jon Fox will offer a preview of his long-awaited documentary This Is What Love in Action Looks Like at 8 p.m. at First Congregational Church.
Jon Fox chronicled the 2005 protests of Love in Action’s “Refuge” program, which offered reparative therapy for gay teens. The protests led to state investigations of the center’s license to treat mentally ill people. Last summer, Love in Action closed Refuge in favor of a more intensive program for parents of gay teens.
“It all started with a few kids sticking up for their friend. It was just something to do for the summer,” Jon Fox says. “They ended up impacting the situation on an international level.”
Read all of It’s Okay to Be Gay.
Also this weekend NPR’s Interfaith Voices will do a segment on ex-gay stuff. They interviewed me for the piece and asked me to share some of my story. You will be able to listen on-line here. (They also have an interesting piece about Billy Graham).
The Ex-Gay Survivor Art Show is coming together nicely. Such powerful artwork. Some of it got featured in Bianca Phillips article.