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Reparative Therapy is dead

We bear witness to history. Exodus International -- the world's largest "ex-gay" program -- announced that it is shutting its doors and shuttering its windows. It is no longer promising desperate and vulnerable people that they can "pray away the gay." It is no longer peddling snake oil called reparative therapy. 

This stunning voyage began a year and a half ago. At the Gay Christian Network conference in Orlando, Florida, Alan Chambers, the President of Exodus International, addressed the attendees. Alan stepped on stage and did something revolutionary. He looked the crowd in the eyes and he told the truth. Chambers said that 99.9 percent of his clients had not changed their sexual orientation.

Six months later, Chambers announced that Exodus would no longer support "reparative therapy," which is junk science that falsely blames sexual abuse or bad parenting for causing one to be gay.

Still, it was quite a shock when Alan Chambers apologized to the world. It was an even bigger surprise when he announced he was closing his mean-spirited ministry that had distorted the lives of LGBT people since 1973.

After nearly 40 years of existence, here is what Alan Chambers, President of Exodus International said to a conference:
"Please know that I am deeply sorry. I am sorry for the pain and hurt many of you have experienced. I am sorry that some of you spent years working through the shame and guilt you felt when your attractions didn't change. I am sorry we promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized parents."

How broken and dead is reparative (conversion) therapy ?
      - Supporters of reparative therapy were banned from testifying in court because their therapy is deemed to be both destructive and is described as junk science (See first story below)
      -  Knowing that they "can't convert anyone," not a single organization will promise results or even consider it "likely" that someone will "be repared." Phrases such as "improving heterosexual potential" is used (whatever that is).

N.J. judge: Gay conversion therapy group can’t claim homosexuality is a disorder (REPARATIVE THERAPY RULED TO BE JUNK SCIENCE).

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the  National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.

Protesters demonstrate outside a gathering for the National Association For Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2013.

Why 'Ex-Gay' Organization's Former President Still Rejects Labels

HuffingtonPost.com | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.05.2013 | Gay Voices

The president of the now-defunct “ex-gay” organization, Exodus International, has been married to a woman for nearly 16 years. But he rejects labe...

Warning: Exodus Is Finished but the Ex-Gay Movement Has Just Begun

Rev. Mel White | Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Mel White

Celebrate the headline "Exodus International Closes Down." Thank Alan Chambers for his confession that ex-gay therapy does not work and for his apolog...

Exodus Is Gone, But the 'Ex-Gay' Message Stubbornly Persists

Wayne Besen | Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

Although this was a monumental victory, the fight is not over. Just as the election of Barack Obama did not eradicate racism, the death of Exodus is not the death of homophobia.

The Quiet, Powerful Courage of Lambda Legal

Dr. Cheryl Pappas | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Dr. Cheryl Pappas

In the vast universe of humanitarian organizations, few are committed to creating a world where freedom reigns for all while sidestepping narcissistic fanfare the way that Lambda Legal is.

Exodus 'Ex-Gays' and an Effeminate Boy

Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson

Exodus International leader Alan Chambers apologized recently for the harm done to LGBT people by the so-called "ex-gay" movement. In that moment, the face that came to mind for me was the bruised, burned and emaciated face of 15-year-old Raymond Buys.

WATCH: Exodus Co-Founder Recounts Painful Aftermath Of 'Ex-Gay' Practices

OWN | Posted 06.24.2013 | OWN

In 1976, Michael Bussee helped found the "ex-gay" group known as Exodus International. For years, Bussee had hoped the ministry would help "cure" his ...

Exodus International's Alan Chambers: Bending History's Arc

Christian Piatt | Posted 08.21.2013 | Religion
Christian Piatt

The vulnerability of this man's confession is nothing short of overwhelming. The bravery he demonstrates should stand as an example to all people, and in particular, all Christians.

Jaweed Kaleem

It's Not Over: Ex-Gay Groups Vow To Fight On After Leading 'Gay Cure' Group Closes

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 06.22.2013 | Gay Voices

When Jenelle Linden, a 51-year-old therapist who lives in South Bend, Ind., heard that one of the nation's most prominent "ex-gay" organizations was s...

Shutting Down the Myths: Exodus International Sees the Light

Marlo Thomas | Posted 08.21.2013 | MarloThomas
Marlo Thomas

It takes a lot of courage -- and honesty -- to admit you were wrong, and Alan Chambers has done just that. This week, he announced plans to shut down his controversial Christian ministry, Exodus International, which was the country's largest organization devoted to "curing" homosexuality, and he issued a public apology to the LGBT community for the harm he has done to them over the years.

An Open Letter to Exodus International's Super-Remorseful Alan Chambers

John Shore | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices
John Shore

I heard you say that you regret the way in which Exodus communicated its message. And I definitely heard you repeatedly say that it's high time for the church to start welcoming gay people. But I never heard you say that it's OK for people to be gay.

Hasta La Vista, Exodus International

Rev. Susan Russell | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. Susan Russell

There are not enough words in the world to undo the harm done to LGBT people who have been damaged, devalued and, in far too many cases, destroyed by the toxic narrative that their sexual orientation was an illness to be cured.

CONFESSIONS: 'Ex-Gay' Survivor Opens Up On 'Homoerotic' Conversion Therapy

The Huffington Post | Alexandra Schuster | Posted 06.20.2013 | Gay Voices

After nearly four decades of preaching a "cure" for homosexuality, the Christian ministry Exodus International is closing its doors. Ex-gay survivor S...

'Ex-Gay' Group Shuts Down, But Movement Is Re-Branding

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

It's terrific news that Exodus International, the largest and most known group that promoted "reparative therapy," is shutting down. But don't be fooled into thinking this is anything more than a re-branding for the "pray-away-the-gay" movement. It's certainly not a surrender.

WATCH: Dad's Homosexuality Blamed For Son's Tragic Death

OWN | Posted 06.20.2013 | OWN

Jerry, a man married for more than two decades and a father of two, spent years fighting his attraction to other men. He listened to tapes from "ex-ga...

WATCH: Man Who Touted 'Cure' For Homosexuality Now Has A New Message

OWN | Posted 06.13.2013 | OWN

For almost 40 years, the group called Exodus International, widely considered one of the world's largest "ex-gay" organizations, claimed to offer a "c...

Apple Should Dump 'Ex-Gay' iPhone App

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Wayne Besen

Apple doesn't allow racist or anti-Semitic apps in its app store, yet it gives the green light to an app written by an anti-gay extremist group that condones violence against LGBT people.

The Bombast and the Body Count in Arizona

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

While the world focused on the tragic Arizona shootings, another horrific crime took place in New York City. The New York Post reported today that a P...

National Christian Group Pulls Support For Anti-Gay Event, Calls For 'Tolerance'

CNN | Dan Gilgoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

A national Christian organization will stop sponsoring an annual event that encourages school students to "counter the promotion of homosexual behavio...

Ex-Gay Group Should Repent, Not Revel

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Wayne Besen

On Saturday, I will join nationally recognized advocates at the Irvine United Congregational Church (9-5PM) in a conference to crash Exodus' gay-bashing birthday bash.

APA Was Right To Reject Harmful 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

Groups like Exodus and the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), regularly encourage clients to say they have converted, even though they are still gay