Exodus International No Longer Trying To ‘Cure’ Gays, But Still Think Gays Are Sick

AlanChambersAlan Chambers has been trying to revamp the image of Exodus International, the Christian group that for over three decades used its evangelical networks to promote "reparative therapy" they claimed could "cure" homosexuality.

With more doctors and organizations come out against such approaches — one of the "ex-gay" movement's long-time proponents, Robert Spitzer, denounced his previous studies and apologized earlier this year  — Chambers realized he and his colleagues needed to take a softer approach, an approach he says will be center stage at Exodus' annual conference this weekend.


This week, 600 Exodus ministers and followers are gathering for the group's annual conference, held this year in a Minneapolis suburb. The group's president, Alan Chambers, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the conference would highlight his efforts to dissociate the group from the controversial practice usually called ex-gay, reparative or conversion therapy.

"I do not believe that cure is a word that is applicable to really any struggle, homosexuality included," said Chambers, who is married to a woman and has children, but speaks openly about his own sexual attraction to men. "For someone to put out a shingle and say, 'I can cure homosexuality' — that to me is as bizarre as someone saying they can cure any other common temptation or struggle that anyone faces on Planet Earth."

Chambers admits that he's still attracted to men, but finds solace in his marriage to an "understanding" woman and thinks others like him can find a similar way to "reconcile" their innate desires with external religious influences.

The anti-gay activist obviously wants to bolster his and his group's public image, but Wayne Besen from Truth Wins Out notes that Exodus' underlying philosophy still wreaks havoc.

"We appreciate any step toward open, transparent honesty that will do less harm to people," he said. "But the underlying belief is still that homosexuals are sexually broken, that something underlying is broken and needs to be fixed. That's incredibly harmful, it scars people."

Besen also told MSNBC that TWO will soon unveil a new campaign to pressure lawmakers into banning reparative therapy for minors, just as California's Senate did last month.


  1. HadenoughBS says

    Yep, Chambers and his gay ilk indeed are the ones who are “sick”. If they think they can find happiness being married to an “understanding” woman while still being attracted to men, IMHO, is pure self-deluding BS. How is this situation fair to the straight wife or to the gay husband? It makes no sense but then a lot of religion doesn’t make sense either.

  2. says

    Arrgh. Spitzer was never a proponent of reparative therapy or the “ex-gay” movement, from what I understand. He simply conducted a flawed study that purported to suggest that motivated people *could* change their orientation. He’s always said that he thought the ex-gay organizations were using his study harmfully. Please don’t slant the facts.

  3. UFFDA says

    JJ nice comment. In fact conventional religion CAN be cured and is all the time. Fact based education and honest reflection on the merits of a belief system. Doesn’t cure everyone of course.

  4. Chris S. says

    Ditto what Scott said. Spitzer was NEVER an ex-gay “proponent.” He was a researcher who wrote a paper that the ex-gay movement used to support their agenda. Which he has since renounced.

    Also, he was one of the leaders who pushed for homosexuality to be taken out of the APA’s DSM. Get your facts straight.

  5. Ron says

    600 sexually repressed Homosexual Men, I mean Exodus Leaders, together in one place. talk about setting up a group of men to succomb to temptation. Somebody scrub down those hotel rooms really well when they leave!!!

  6. Dave says

    Exodus International is a very sick group of anti-gay Christians who think they can give shock treatment to gay children and pray the gay away, that is torture and they need to be arrested and put in prison for crimes against humanity.

  7. anon says

    What do you suppose happens when 600 sexually repressed gay men get together to pray??

    Of course, the whole thing is designed to separate nervous parents from their savings.

  8. says

    i suppose something that puzzles me about these “ex-gays” is this: we get told, by insecure self-hating trolls, that “acting gay” or “being stereotypical” or “looking like you’re gay” is something that gay men AFFECT, in order to “blend in” due to some pressure from “the mainstream gay community”…

    why then are these guys who do all that they can do distance themselves from anything perceived as “gay” the utter embodiment of whatever aesthetics, behaviors, mannerisms and traits that some folks seem to believe are “promoted by the mainstream gay community”?

    je suis confuse…..

  9. Aiden Raccoon says

    As big of assholes as these guys are. I do respect them just a little bit if they are serious about giving up on the practice and getting out of the political game. Isn’t that really all we are asking for out of these religious nutjobs. They can go have all the ego-stroking BJ parties they want in their own little church or cave. Just don’t push it on the rest of us.

  10. Wyocowboy says

    They just need to go away and drop the idea that homosexuality is sick. If that’s what Chambers believes then he is a very sick man him self b/c he stated he is still attracted to men. I don’t feel sorry for Chambers b/c he choices to live the life he does in a marriage to a women and still attracted to men. Now tha is a very sick person.

  11. says

    May that building these ex gays unite in collaps on their self hating heads. Thats 600 less deluded nut jobs we need in this world.

    And we should always speak against their form of hate preaching and it is just that

  12. Hank says

    So Andrew, when are you going to correct the error in this post, regarding Dr. Spitzer, that’s been pointed out by Scott Colford, Kevinvt and Chris S ?

  13. Just_a_guy says

    Li’l k:

    Granted, I’m really TIRED of hearing about the mannerisms debate you keep havin with Rick/uffda.

    But ur at ur best-spoken on the issue in your above comment. And I think this story manages to be the perfect place for it. Bravo kiddo.

  14. Hank says

    Nope, you still don’t have Dr. Spitzer right. There only one previous study, not ‘studies’ and he’s definitely not a longtime proponent of reparative therapy. Please do your homework.

Leave A Reply