Ex Gay Movement Denounced in new report by Mitch E. Perry03/02/06
This afternoon in Miami, a gay rights group released a new report about churches and other organizations that target young gay people for Conversion Therapy, which tries to change a gay personÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sexual preference to straight.
The report, entitled, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Youth in the Crosshairs: The 3rd Wave of Ex-Gay ActivismÃ¢â‚¬?, and was produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.
Matt Foreman, Executive Director of the group, said they wanted to host the unveiling of their report in the Sunshine State, because he said itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s become the home of the Ex-Gay Movement (roll tape#1 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?the past waveÃ¢â‚¬?)
Jason Cinciato is the Policy Director for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the author of the new report. He gave a historical explanation of the previous 2 waves of trying to convert gays to becoming straight (roll tape#2 o.q. Ã¢â‚¬Å“is a choiceÃ¢â‚¬?)
Cinciato says that Conversation therapy programs are concentrating on gay youth now, because they have been unsuccessful in accomplishing what they want to do with adults.
Florida is home to Exodus International, one of the nation's largest ex-gay organizations, and will be the site of Focus on the Family's ex-gay conference, Love Won Out, in Fort Lauderdale on May 6th. The report was released today at a press conference in Miami in conjunction with the Winter Party Festival.
In Sum, the reportÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s co-author comes up with some conclusions (roll tape#3 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?for the rest of their livesÃ¢â‚¬?)
Wayne Bessen is the Author of Ã¢â‚¬Å“Anything But Straight, and is considered an expert on the Ex Gay movement. He says there is good news for gays in the report (roll tape#4 o.q. Ã¢â‚¬Å“ send these childrenÃ¢â‚¬?)
For example, Bessen mentioned the daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, and Phyllis SchlaflyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s sonÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.
Haley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director for the LAMBDA Legal Defense FundÃ¢â‚¬Â¦She says these conversion programs and sometimes lead to tragic consequences (roll tape#5 o.q.Ã¢â‚¬?and even suicideÃ¢â‚¬?)
To read the report in full, go to the internet at the taskforce.org