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January 23, 2015

Perhaps the first ‘ex-ex-gay’ activist, Lowell ‘John’ Evans co-founded the Love In Action ex-gay ministry in 1973 but became one of the movements biggest critics a few years later after the suicide of a close gay friend

One of the earliest members of the ex-gay movement in the United States to leave it and campaign against it has died this week, aged 80.

Lowell ‘John’ Evans co-founded what has been called the earliest ex-gay ministry, Love In Action, in 1973 with a heterosexual Christian preacher named Kent Philpott, and another gay man, Frank Worthen, in San Raphael, California.

Two years later Philpott released the book ‘The Third Sex?’ in which he claimed his ministry had successfully converted people from being gay to straight.

January 13, 2015

Exodus International past leader says he is 'gay with bisexual tendencies'

Former 'ex-gay' poster boy Randy Thomas has come out as gay.

In a blog post published yesterday (12 January), the former executive vice-president of the now defunct Exodus International disclosed that he was 'gay with some level of bisexual tendencies.'

'The truth is, that my primary sexual attraction is toward men,' he wrote.

'It is also true that to date the love of my life has been a woman. I was attracted to her in every way. Many people won’t believe me but what I just shared is true.'

January 13, 2015

Exodus International past leader says he is 'gay with bisexual tendencies'

Former 'ex-gay' poster boy Randy Thomas has come out as gay.

In a blog post published yesterday (12 January), the former executive vice-president of the now defunct Exodus International disclosed that he was 'gay with some level of bisexual tendencies.'

'The truth is, that my primary sexual attraction is toward men,' he wrote.

'It is also true that to date the love of my life has been a woman. I was attracted to her in every way. Many people won’t believe me but what I just shared is true.'

November 19, 2014

John Smid, former leader of the notorious ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, has married for a third time, and this time it’s to another man

Six years after resigning as executive director of the ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, former ‘ex-gay’ leader John Smid has married another man in Oklahoma.

Smid married his partner Larry McQueen in Hugo, Oklahoma over the weekend, a 35 minute drive from their home across the border in Paris, Texas, and the couple held a wedding ceremony in Tulsa on Sunday.

November 19, 2014

John Smid, former leader of the notorious ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, has married for a third time, and this time it’s to another man

Six years after resigning as executive director of the ‘ex-gay’ group Love In Action, former ‘ex-gay’ leader John Smid has married another man in Oklahoma.

Smid married his partner Larry McQueen in Hugo, Oklahoma over the weekend, a 35 minute drive from their home across the border in Paris, Texas, and the couple held a wedding ceremony in Tulsa on Sunday.

August 12, 2014

The turn away from ‘curing’ gay people of their sexuality doesn’t mean an end to extremist Christians interfering in LGBTI’s private lives

Embracing celibacy as an appropriate religious calling to be a God-abiding LGBTI Christian is now on the rise.

No joke.

Progress has been made on federal and state levels in the US concerning LGBTI civil rights but many churches, especially in certain religious conservative circles, are far behind.

August 12, 2014

The turn away from ‘curing’ gay people of their sexuality doesn’t mean an end to extremist Christians interfering in LGBTI’s private lives

Embracing celibacy as an appropriate religious calling to be a God-abiding LGBTI Christian is now on the rise.

No joke.

Progress has been made on federal and state levels in the US concerning LGBTI civil rights but many churches, especially in certain religious conservative circles, are far behind.

August 1, 2014

Some of the leading figures in the global ‘ex-gay’ movement have signed a joint letter of apology and have now pledged to denounce attempts to ‘cure’ people of their same-sex attractions

Leading former figures from ‘ex-gay’ groups including Exodus International and Love In Action have today released a letter of apology and a pledge to work to undo the harm they have done.

The group includes Exodus International co-founder Michael Bussee, Courage UK founder Jeremy Marks, Coming Back founder Bill Prickett, Love In Action outreach director Tim Rymel and executive director John J Smid, Paraklete Ministries founder Darlene Bogle and Yvette Schnieder who earlier this week announced her support for the banning of so-called reparative therapies on minors.

August 1, 2014

Some of the leading figures in the global ‘ex-gay’ movement have signed a joint letter of apology and have now pledged to denounce attempts to ‘cure’ people of their same-sex attractions

Leading former figures from ‘ex-gay’ groups including Exodus International and Love In Action have today released a letter of apology and a pledge to work to undo the harm they have done.

The group includes Exodus International co-founder Michael Bussee, Courage UK founder Jeremy Marks, Coming Back founder Bill Prickett, Love In Action outreach director Tim Rymel and executive director John J Smid, Paraklete Ministries founder Darlene Bogle and Yvette Schnieder who earlier this week announced her support for the banning of so-called reparative therapies on minors.

June 22, 2014

'The gay lifestyle is just not an option for us, because of our own faith and our own values'

The ex-gay therapy supporter who worked to include a conversion therapy plank in the platform of the Texas Republican Party is defending himself.

Jeremy Schwab, a Texas GOP delegate, pushed for the party, earlier this month, to approve the ex-gay language.

June 21, 2014

'As long as this widespread misunderstanding in the straight world about homosexuality persists, that it is a choice or a "lifestyle", not only will we never be fully accepted by society, some of us will remain unable to accept ourselves'

John Paulk, a prominent poster boy for 'ex-gay' movement for over a decade who came out as gay last year, has hit out at Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry’s recent comments that compared homosexuality to alcoholism.

June 8, 2014

'No one can change the color of their skin or change the place they're born, but they can definitely choose their lifestyles'

The Republican Party of Texas advocates ex-gay therapy.

The convention for the southern US state's GOP ended yesterday, 7 June, and the 10,000 attendees gave their approval for the following platform language:

'We recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle. No laws or executive orders shall be imposed to limit or restrict access to this type of therapy.'

June 6, 2014

'We recognize the legitimacy and value of counseling which offers reparative therapy and treatment to patients who are seeking escape from the homosexual lifestyle'

The Texas Republican Party is standing up for ex-gay therapy.

The party of the southern US state is holding its convention in Fort Worth. Thirty-one delegates are revising the platform, and the first draft supports the theory sexuality can be changed.

March 19, 2014

Australia’s Living Waters ‘ex-gay’ ministry has announced it will close by the end of June - citing a lack of interest and lack of qualified personnel to continue operating

Australian ‘ex-gay’ ministry Living Waters has announced it will close its doors and its national director will resign by the end of the month.

Living Waters national director Ron Brookman made the announcement 12 March in a group newsletter, writing, ‘I sense, and the board and leadership team around me concur that, sadly, it is time to wind up the ministry.’

August 4, 2013

While he balks at having minors taking 'ex-gay' therapy, Alan Chambers wants adults to have the choice

The president of the now defunct ex-gay group Exodus International repeated the apology he made to gays and lesbians in early summer, but kept way from labeling his relationship with his wife.

Alan Chambers sat down with reporter Michelangelo Signorile on SiriusXM Progress.

July 24, 2013

Exodus International vice president Randy Thomas has issued his own apology after its president Alan Chambers apologized and closed the organization

The Vice President of the world’s largest ‘ex-gay’ therapy group has apologized for his role in the organization following its being shut down by Exodus International president Alan Chambers.

‘I apologize to the gay community for idealizing and reinforcing the institutional groupthink of Exodus,’ Exodus vice president Randy Thomas said in a public statement.

July 24, 2013

Exodus International vice president Randy Thomas has issued his own apology after its president Alan Chambers apologized and closed the organization

The Vice President of the world’s largest ‘ex-gay’ therapy group has apologized for his role in the organization following its being shut down by Exodus International president Alan Chambers.

‘I apologize to the gay community for idealizing and reinforcing the institutional groupthink of Exodus,’ Exodus vice president Randy Thomas said in a public statement.

June 27, 2013

Is the ex-gay lobby moving from attempts to ‘cure’ our sexuality to a recognition that we can’t be cured so should be giving up on sex altogether?

I didn’t know my sexual orientation was still up for debate. Progress is made at the US Supreme Court, but not in certain religious conservative circles.

Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, announced the closing of the organization. What appeared as a seismic shift, or a closing chapter in the harmful history of ex-gay ministries may be neither. I suggest we all listen to the coded language and read the fine print.

June 27, 2013

Is the ex-gay lobby moving from attempts to ‘cure’ our sexuality to a recognition that we can’t be cured so should be giving up on sex altogether?

I didn’t know my sexual orientation was still up for debate. Progress is made at the US Supreme Court, but not in certain religious conservative circles.

Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International, announced the closing of the organization. What appeared as a seismic shift, or a closing chapter in the harmful history of ex-gay ministries may be neither. I suggest we all listen to the coded language and read the fine print.

June 23, 2013

Australia’s Living Waters ex-gay ministry has pledged to continue to try to make LGBTs straight despite Exodus International apologizing and shutting down

A leading Australian Christian ministry that tries to cure people of their same-sex attraction has vowed to soldier on despite Exodus International, the largest Christian reparative therapy group in the world, admitting that people cannot change their sexuality and shutting down.

June 23, 2013

Australia’s Living Waters ex-gay ministry has pledged to continue to try to make LGBTs straight despite Exodus International apologizing and shutting down

A leading Australian Christian ministry that tries to cure people of their same-sex attraction has vowed to soldier on despite Exodus International, the largest Christian reparative therapy group in the world, admitting that people cannot change their sexuality and shutting down.

June 23, 2013

Mark Culligan, of New Hearts Outreach, thinks all it takes is small group therapy and "God's unconditional love' to get rid of same-sex desire

Exodus International's doors might be closed, but that will not stop a splinter group from advocating conversion therapy.

Mark Culligan is the founder of New Hearts Outreach, an Exodus International chapter located in Tampa Bay, Florida. While his organization is removing from its website all references to the world's largest 'gay cure' ministry, New Hearts is not changing its mission: making gays and lesbians straight.

June 23, 2013

Mark Culligan, of New Hearts Outreach, thinks all it takes is small group therapy and "God's unconditional love' to get rid of same-sex desire

Exodus International's doors might be closed, but that will not stop a splinter group from advocating conversion therapy.

Mark Culligan is the founder of New Hearts Outreach, an Exodus International chapter located in Tampa Bay, Florida. While his organization is removing from its website all references to the world's largest 'gay cure' ministry, New Hearts is not changing its mission: making gays and lesbians straight.

June 22, 2013

A coalition of LGBT groups in the Philippines has called on Archbishop Oscar Cruz to admit that LGBTs can’t be ‘cured’ following the shut down of the world’s largest ‘gay cure’ ministry and for the Catholic Church to apologize

Dangal National Network, a coalition of 23 LGBT groups in the Philippines, has called on Catholic Archbishop Oscar Cruz to retract his claims that homosexuality is a treatable condition following the collapse of the world’s largest Christian ministry aimed at making LGBTs heterosexual.

On June 19 Exodus International announced it was shutting down and the group’s president, Alan Chambers, issued a statement apologizing for the harm it had caused.