More Ex-Gay News Stuff

UPDATE: (Thur 26 July 5:30 pm)
Some more stuff has come through in the past 24 hours, so here is an update:

  • Fort Wayne Weekly has a lengthy piece entitled Gay Cure–Things are getting even stranger in the right’s campaign to counsel people out of their homosexuality. By ERIC GRIFFEY (hat tip to Curious Primate)
  • SX out of Australia has a funny, if not 100% accurate, piece about ex-ex-gays. Based on the photo on my Homo No Mo website, the author, Rachel Cook referred to me as a Screaming Queen. I love that!
  • Hu over at +Z’ev posted a thoughtful and interesting post that looks at queer Christians, the ex-gay movement and Tammy Faye Bakker.

End of Update

  • The third of a four part piece by David Foucher is out. In it he dissects reparative therapy with lots of quotes from lots of psychs.
  • And I just posted part 2 of my 3 part series Change Was NOT Possible.
  • Ex-Gay Watch is hosting an open forum about recent remarks on CNN by Warren Throckmorton and Benjamin McCommon. So far some decent analysis (saucy comments) is going on.

  • For an ABC news report about ex-gay conversion therapy (with lots of girl on girl action, but much less boy on boy action), click here. Hat tip to Elliot.
  • Daniel Gonzales, that radical homosexual activist, explains why he has been so quiet recently. (All I can say–look out James Dobson!)
  • Check out video of the upcoming film Mississipi Queen, about a lesbian, Paige Williams, going back to Mississipi to see her parents, who run an ex-gay program. (And they have Lucinda William’s song about Jackson playing in the background. I love me some Lucinda.)

This post has 9 Comments

  1. ElliotManning on July 25, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    ^.^ Thanks for the tip!

    Now, about Lucinda Williams — is there a lot of her on that CD you gave me for my birthday? If so, she’s very cool! If not, who does that voice belong to?

  2. Ally on July 25, 2007 at 10:24 pm

    I just shudder to think what kind of search engine hits you’re going to get with the terms “girl on girl action” and “boy on boy action” in this post… 😀

  3. Anonymous on July 26, 2007 at 12:38 am

    Peterson gives out CD’s as birthday presents? Cool!

    I’m looking forward to mine……..

  4. Christine Bakke on July 26, 2007 at 3:34 am

    Wow, good stuff. Your blog is pretty much the place for all ex-gay info under one roof anymore…

  5. Jimbo on July 26, 2007 at 11:50 am

    Thanks for your series so far – I guess a lot of folk who attempted the ex-gay route will be relating closely to your journey.

    The Foucher article you linked to is also especially good.

    I just wish this sort of material had been out there when I was first seeking ‘reparative therapy’, it might have made me stop and reconsider. But then again, I was so set in my theological worldview, and so involved with non-gay-affirming churches, that reparative therapy seemed like the only option open to me (aside from mild thoughts of suicide).

    Being in that mindset might have just made me treat such criticism of reparative therapists as a liberal or secular attack, seeking to undermine my Christian resolve.

    Perhaps I needed to find out by trying it for myself. Only then could I accept that orientation change was not possible, or needed, or part of God’s plan for me.

  6. ElliotManning on July 26, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    That new film looks like it will be very powerful. What really struck me about that preview were the words of that ex-gay oil rig worker, who said If you’re going to be a practicing homosexual, get out of the closet! It seems strange to me that those words of accepting who you are, whatever that may mean, are coming from the mouth of a woman who went through an ex-gay program and still believes that what the program preached to her actually worked.

    Peterson, would you ever have made a comment like hers if you had been part of a film like Mississippi Queen when you were involved with the ex-gay programs?
    Christine, what about you?

  7. Peterson Toscano on July 26, 2007 at 9:50 pm

    elliot, yeah, I think I gave you some Lucinda tunes, but I really can’t remember now, but yeah, she’s one of my favs.

    ally, yeah, right. should up my hits some.

    tom, I know you are Quaker and practice simplicity, so for your 40th birthday this year, I will give you a glass of water.

    Christine, you are cheeky. yes, one stop shopping for all things ex-gay.

    Jimbo, yeah, the third part of the series is dense and filled with useful things. So much out there now that we never had.

  8. Huw on July 27, 2007 at 12:11 am

    Hey! Thanks for the link! Nice blog here 🙂

  9. PW on July 27, 2007 at 3:16 am

    Haha, well I’ve been meaning to tell you how scary that homonomo picture is. Let’s put it this way, the spirit of Chad is alive and well! Be afraid…


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