This just in from the Ex-Gay Survivor Conference’s Film Forum. Morgan Fox of the Queer Action Coalition screened an extended trailer of his up coming documentary film that chronicles the 2005 protests of Love in Action’s Refuge program. Refuge was designed for quuer youth under 18, many of whom have been forced to attend by their parents. The protest got sparked when 16 year old Zach Stark blooged about how his parents forced him to attend Refuge’s summer program. That entry created a storm of grass roots youth activism and international media attention.
Tonight Morgan made a very important announcement that he included at the end of his trailer. He met with John SmidM director of LIA and confirmed that the Refuge program had been “disolved” which is a fancy way of saying that it shut down, closed, ended and is no more!
As we watched Morgan’s clips many of us wept. One person in attendance actually attended LIA that summer during the protests but was never able to read what the signs said. The love he saw moved him to tears.
This is HUGE news. Congratulations to the QAC for all their fine and careful activism. As we commemorate the two year anniversary of the 2005 protests, we truly have something to celebrate.
Wiilie Hewes! Bruce Garrett! I know you understand how wonderful this news is.
Thank you Morgan. Even though you could not attend the Ex-Gay Survivor Conference, your film clips and your announcement gave us such hope and joy.