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Merger Creates Largest 'Ex-Gay' Mormon Ministry

Utah-based "ex-gay" Mormon support group Evergreen International has merged with North Star, a similar group, as the state awaits a decision from SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor on whether its marriage equality status will be upheld, the Salt Lake Tribune reports:

MansfieldBefore doing so, Evergreen International turned over some of its resources and mailing lists — said to number up to 30,000 participants, including many from Spanish-speaking countries — to a newer LDS-based gay support group, North Star.

Combining the two groups, organizers say, will create "the largest single faith-based ministry organization for Latter-day Saints who experience same-sex attraction or gender-identity incongruence and will also provide increased access to resources for church leaders, parents, family and friends."

North Star claims it does not advocate reparative therapy, but it does not object to it either:

As to the question of changing or diminishing sexual orientation, North Star takes no position, says the group’s newly named president, Ty Mansfield (pitcured).

"If someone had a positive experience with reparative therapy or change, we are OK with them sharing that," says Mansfield, a marriage and family therapist in Provo. "If they had a negative experience, they can share that, too."

From the North Star press release:

Founded in 1989 as a non-profit education and resource organization by individuals who were experiencing unwanted same-sex attractions (SSA/SGA) in their own lives, Evergreen International was founded on the belief that the atonement of Jesus Christ enables every soul the opportunity to turn away from all sins or conditions that obstruct their temporal and eternal happiness and potential. Evergreen attests that individuals can overcome homosexual behavior and can diminish same-sex attraction, and is committed to assisting individuals who wish to do so. Evergreen provides education, guidance, and support and is available as a resource to family, friends, professional counselors, religious leaders, and all others involved in assisting individuals who desire to change.

Founded in 2006, North Star is a peer-led, community-driven organization—a grass-roots effort with a mission to empower men and women who experience same-sex attraction and gender identity issues, as well as their friends, spouses, or other family members, to more authentically and healthily live the gospel of Jesus Christ. North Star is successful because of the efforts of many individuals who contribute their time, talents, and hearts to various aspects of its mission. Though it is not a membership-based organization, North Star serves as a resource to the community through its website (NorthStarLDS.org), eighteen on-line discussion groups organized around specific user demographics, bi-monthly firesides, an annual conference, wives retreats, couples retreats, the Voices of Hope Project, and more.

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  1. This merger for ex-gay support groups is an exercise in futility. Progress and the times are against them. Sooner or later the Mormons will get the hint.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Jan 3, 2014 11:14:37 AM

  2. Wanna bet there is more gay sex going on in those ex-gay groups then at the local gay bars? You can hide behind a bearded wife but you can't hide your natural desire for other willies.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jan 3, 2014 11:18:52 AM

  3. OK, spoken in jest on a serious subject, but I would gladly volunteer to flip Ty back on the side he belongs. Take that any way you want!

    Posted by: Todd | Jan 3, 2014 11:22:36 AM

  4. And the Ex-Morman support group all be meeting nightly in every gay bar across the Country.

    Posted by: Michael | Jan 3, 2014 11:23:23 AM

  5. Well, on the bright site if your single and gay you have a new and improved cruising spot. The odds just got better!

    Posted by: MadisonMike | Jan 3, 2014 11:27:52 AM

  6. How successful are you going to be in repressing your member's homosenshual desires when the freakin' head of the organization is adorable? That's just asking for failure.

    Posted by: Joe M | Jan 3, 2014 11:34:59 AM

  7. He probably cries after he masturbates.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jan 3, 2014 11:38:17 AM

  8. I'm going to guess the merger was the result of financial difficulties. They're going to probably have to offer "Caribbean Tour Therapy" to make ends meet.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 3, 2014 11:53:08 AM

  9. I'm sure he buries his head in his pillow and whimpers as he's getting banged from behind.

    Posted by: Michael | Jan 3, 2014 11:56:50 AM

  10. Well, Mr Mansfield is quite attractive.

    Posted by: John | Jan 3, 2014 11:59:02 AM

  11. Gaydar alert on Mansfield.

    Posted by: DC Insider | Jan 3, 2014 12:16:16 PM

  12. Damn,too bad that Ty Mansfield only likes the vadge and lady breasticles. He is one handsome uber-straight Latter Day super-saint. Yup, special underpants and all.

    Posted by: Quicksilver | Jan 3, 2014 12:33:18 PM

  13. He does have dreamy eyes, but that Mormon thing? Deal-breaker..

    Posted by: Rob | Jan 3, 2014 12:38:35 PM

  14. I think it's time to start support groups for ex-Mormons and ex-Christians.To paraphrase their own words - The new group can attest that individuals can overcome Mormon and Christian behavior and diminish bigotry, and is committed to assisting individuals who wish to do so.

    Posted by: Ready | Jan 3, 2014 12:54:54 PM

  15. Is this just a front for gay and lesbian Mormons to meet and pair off as each other's "beards"? If not, it should be.

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 3, 2014 1:44:29 PM

  16. I really don't understand the exgay concept.
    You can't define yourself for something you are not.

    You are straight, gay or something in between, but not ex.something

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jan 3, 2014 1:52:25 PM

  17. Evergreen attests that individuals can overcome heterosexual behavior and can diminish opposite-sex attraction, and is committed to assisting individuals who wish to do so.

    It has to work both ways.

    Posted by: gb | Jan 3, 2014 2:09:49 PM

  18. I think when they are "overcoming heterosexual behavior" it means gay for pay.

    Posted by: stevetalbert | Jan 3, 2014 2:24:06 PM

  19. When I hear horrmon, jesus, and ex-gay I think of vomiting then licking it back up.

    Posted by: KDR Airways | Jan 3, 2014 3:20:32 PM

  20. "pitcured"? Interesting slip of the fingers.

    Posted by: HERMES | Jan 3, 2014 4:04:41 PM

  21. If you go to the official LDS website and look for their supposedly friendly section on gays, you will see Mr Ty's dramaqueen story complete with tears till the héavenly father has healed Mr Ty so much so that he is now married for time and eternity in his cute magic undies and has a baby boy. Mr Ty is eagerly waiting fo you and I to put on our magic undies too and get all hetero!!!

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 3, 2014 4:19:14 PM

  22. The fact that these "ex-gays" have to flock to a support group is the height of suspiciousness. It's just like AA, you still REALLY want that drink. Please don't say I'm comparing being gay to alcoholism, it's a euphemisim. But when you want it, you want it.

    How sad, when all they had to do was not fight human nature. Religion and anything that smacks of religious mind control truly sucks.

    I'm sure, with that face, he will be sorely tempted along his journey to his "normal" life.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Jan 3, 2014 4:43:13 PM

  23. Gay/x-gay Mormons, the must dysfunctional group in the homo-universe.

    Posted by: mikeflower | Jan 3, 2014 5:38:13 PM

  24. If their common interest is Mormonism, they don't need to form a group. They don't need one if they are "straight". Have you ever heard of a straight Mormon group? Somehow it smells "gay" as they can't forget their gay past or are still struggling.

    Posted by: simon | Jan 3, 2014 6:02:43 PM

  25. I watched a lengthy story on YouTube by a gay Mormon and it was pretty fascinating to see how the dogma has damaged him in ways he may never sort out.
    One of their tricks is to start by relabeling themselves. They're not gay, they're "SSA." (This stands for "Same-Sex Attracted" and it means EXACTLY the same thing that we mean when we say the word "gay." But saying "I'm SSA" makes them feels that they are somehow different from gay people.

    The guy in the video I saw was in the a evergreen program and had been invited by the notorious ex-gay quack Joseph Nicolosi to go on the Sally Jessy Raphael show as the example of the star student who was "SSA" and now happily married to a female.

    He told how as the days led up to the show, he was plotting how he was going to go hiking with his family and "accidentally" fall off a cliff, so that his wife and kids and church would never have to find out whst a fraud the whole act was.

    He ended up alive, decided he had to get divorced, and at the end of the story was attending Evergreen, where he could find attractive and interesting men to affectionately fellowship with and embrace and love (with the magic underwear kept ON, of course... or at least that's the presumed intention, whether it's always stuck to or not.). And he seemed CLOSER to honesty than when he was pretend-married to a woman, but still came across as sad and empty.

    In the minds of the Evergreen members, they're not a group of "gay" men, they're "SSA."

    The cortortions they twist their lives into to try to save face in their judgemental social circles is really sad.

    Posted by: GregV | Jan 3, 2014 7:23:05 PM

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