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Women’s Sports Ministry and Lesbianism by Yvette Cantu Schneider

Gay men and lesbians were aggrieved in 1983 when conservative pastor and leader of the Moral Majority, Jerry Falwell, infamously stated, “AIDS is not just God’s punishment for homosexuals, it is God’s punishment for the society that tolerates homosexuals.”  Lesbians, with minuscule infection rates compared with people who have sex with men, responded to Falwell […]

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Christopher Yuan, Stop Lying about the Participants in the Documentary Pray Away

The documentary Pray Away will premiere in 190 countries and 37 languages on Netflix on August 3rd. Former leaders of the you-can’t-be-gay-and-still-be-acceptable-to-God movement tell stories of their involvement in various ministries and their subsequent remorse and trauma, experienced and inflicted upon others. Pray Away will be seen by millions of people worldwide and it will surely […]

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Fixing the Gays and Continually Moving the Goalpost

  There’s a new method of “fixing the gays” that is descending from heaven. Or more correctly stated, since previous methods and therapies to convert those who are homosexual to heterosexuality have become the negative subject of movies, books, and documentaries, and have been found by experts and LGBTQ people themselves to be damaging, ineffective, […]

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Former Conservative Insider Speaks on State Proposed Bans of Reparative Therapy for Minors

  This guest post is written by Yvette Cantu Schneider, a former policy analyst for Family Research Council and former head of Women’s Ministry of Exodus International. In a public declaration for GLAAD in July 2014, Schneider denounced reparative therapy and the work of anti-gay policy makers. Schneider will be the new Director of Advocacy and Policy for Canyonwalker Connections. Because […]

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It’s Time for a Change — Guest Post by Yvette Cantu Schneider

I’m never surprised when someone who claimed not to be gay suddenly announces that, surprise, they actually are gay. Like I’ve said many times before, I haven’t met a so-called ex-gay man I didn’t think was still gay. Not one. It’s one of many reasons I left the Christian Right and the advocacy work I […]

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How Did Homosexuality Come to be Labeled as a Mental Illness?

On a lovely October evening, I spent three delightful hours talking with Dr. Kenneth Lewes, a pioneer who challenged the American Psychoanalytic Association’s (APsaA) stances on homosexuality in the late 1980s. Dr. Lewes had already graciously given me over two hours of his time on a phone call several months before and had fact-checked a […]

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We Have Asked Gay People to Change; Now, It Is Time for the Church to Change

For almost 40 years, the conservative Christian community has sought to outsource the “gay problem” to groups outside their church walls. Exodus International was founded in 1976 from a seed group established in 1973. Exodus became the most widely recognized group associated with the training and belief that gay people could become straight with reparative therapy […]

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John Paulk, Former Exodus & Love Won Out Leader Apologizes

In  the 1998, at the height of the marriage of Evangelical Christianity and conservative Republican politics, another marriage was being hailed as “proof” that gay people could indeed overcome their homosexuality. John and Anne Paulk, former gay and lesbian people, were displayed on the cover of Newsweek magazine with the header “Gay for Life? Going […]

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Speaking Up against Ex-Gay Kent Paris at Summit Christian Church then . . .

Ex-gay speaker, Kent Paris spoke at Summit Christian Church in Sparks, Nevada this week over six sessions.  I attended four of those sessions: one for 12 to 18 year olds and parents, two weekend services and one Q&A session this afternoon. Other than fifteen one-on-one minutes with Paris asking clarifying questions following the youth program, […]

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“Ex-gay” Kent Paris at Summit Christian Church, Nevada

[UPDATED 2/15/13 AFTER Q & A TIME ON SUNDAY] On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, “Ex-gay” leader Kent Paris of Nehemiah Ministries, was sponsored by Summit Student Ministries, Sparks, Nevada, to address over 200 youth (age 6th grade to high school years) with his views on the Bible and same sex attraction. Throughout the weekend, he […]

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Dr. Tom Fuller, UMC and the Distortions in “Gay Christianity?”

Most churches find themselves obliged to investigate the issue of homosexuality and the Bible. To have a serious, productive conversation, Christian churches need to either be equipped in leading such a conversation with facts, Biblical integrity and an honest conversation including as participants those who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians. In lieu of […]

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Back to the Start | The Real Roots of Exodus | Pt.I

In September 2012, I attended the inaugural conference for Restored Hope Network (RHN) at Sunrise Community Church   in Sacramento, CA. The forming committee for RHN  had been gathering for several months in response to the belief that Exodus International was straying from its roots. When they concluded that their differences with Exodus were irreparable, several Exodus member ministries […]

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