Sunday, May 18, 2008

Activists Likely to Target Ex-Gays

Ex-Gays Afraid of Persecution: ABC News
By Michael Baggot

ARLINGTON, VA, May 7, 2008

Individuals who once considered themselves homosexuals but who have since left the lifestyle, often remain silent about their past life due to persecution from homosexual activists, an ABC News video revealed on Monday.

"A person may not be happy being gay, has anyone ever thought of that?" asked "David," an anonymous man who has overcome his homosexual inclinations, on ABC News.
"I've found feelings could change," David added.

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) observed that "David's" desire for anonymity reflects the wide-scale persecution individuals like him face from those supportive of homosexuality.

"Many ex-gays are afraid to come out of the closet because of the harassment they will receive - their names, phone numbers and personal information posted on gay websites, attacked at ex-gay exhibit booths, press releases issued against them, etc," stated PFOX.

"The tactics of gay activists are to go after anyone who comes out publicly as ex-gay, force them back into the closet, and then claim that ex-gays don't exist because there aren't any out in public."

The ABC report was sparked by the American Psychological Association's decision to cancel an important forum scheduled for Monday on the relationship between religion and homosexuality. The forum was to have included discussion of reparative therapy used to help individuals overcome unwanted homosexual tendencies.

Gay activists feared that the panel would challenge the APA's official 2000 opposition to reparative therapy, itself rooted in the organization's 1973 decision to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders.

The ABC report also featured footage of lesbian protestors who banged pots and pans, chanted, and danced in front of conservative author Ryan Sorba, forcing him to cut short his April 29 "The Born Gay Hoax" lecture at Smith College.

Observers observed that the Sorba incident is characteristic of the "gay rights" movement's intolerance towards any discussion of the possibility that individuals may freely abandon the homosexual lifestyle if they so choose.

"This is exactly how the homosexual movement views free speech and civil rights in their march to force their social and sexual agenda on others and intimidate and terrorize anyone who would criticize or disagree. Truth and freedom become subjected to the whims of thought police and rioters," commented the conservative Massachusetts organization MassResistance.

PFOX argues that individuals seeking to abandon their homosexual lifestyle should be afforded the freedom from discrimination that gay activists demand for themselves.

"Homosexual activists are talking about personal choice, freedom, and so forth, but they deny personal choice and freedom for those who wish to seek change," Peter Sprigg of PFOX told ABC News.

Watch the ABC report:


Anonymous said...

This is way overblown. The vast majority of gays completely respect personal decisions on sexuality. Why do you think gay groups are inclusive of bisexual, transgender, and questioning individuals?

Most gays do not dispute some people experience a shift in their orientation, or that gay people should have the right to not date if they choose.

I think the problem happens when ex-gays say that all gays can shift their orientation, and if they can't, they should stop dating anyway. Especially when they are then spotted in gay bars after working the anti-gay circuit.

And by the way, there are ex-ex-gays too. (And I'm sure there are ex-ex-ex and ex-ex-ex-ex)

Alice C. Linsley said...

You were born in 1978. There are generational differences within the gay community. I think what yo are saying is more true wity your generation, but many who came out in the 60-80s are less tolerant of people who once lived a homosexual lifestyle and have turned away from it.

"...the problem happens when ex-gays say that all gays can shift their orientation, and if they can't, they should stop dating anyway. Especially when they are then spotted in gay bars after working the anti-gay circuit."

Hypocrisy exists in all groups. It is part of being human and it is universal. This article is not speaking of hypocrisy, but rather about the fear of some ex-gays, a fear justified by experiences of intolerance from gay activists, especially of the older generation.

bob said...

This item points out something I think is often overlooked. Homosexuality in many ways resembles a religion of its own. It doesn't look that way because it so often embeds itself in sympathetic religious structures that are already predisposed to weirdness. Hence, it blends in so very well with the Episcopal Church. It is just about an article of faith that gay is good. Not "acceptable", not "tolerated", but it SHALL BE BLESSED. If you don't, you are a heretic. If you say you *were* and now *aren't*...Well, see what happens to a Muslim who tries to quit THAT Mafia. This is precisely a religious issue. The homosexual is a convert. Yes, he/she may have "felt different" all their life. It may seem natural. Lots of things feel natural. To say you were and now aren't still makes you an infidel. And it means everything being an infidel always has.

Alice C. Linsley said...

Very interesting take on this, Bob. Homosexual culture is a religion in itself with I and myself at the center.