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 (, 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.


  1. David From Canada says

    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.

  2. Mike Ryan says

    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.

  3. Todd says

    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!

  4. MadisonMike says

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

  5. Joe M says

    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.

  6. anon says

    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.

  7. Michael says

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

  8. Quicksilver says

    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.

  9. Ready says

    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.

  10. Chris says

    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.

  11. jjose712 says

    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

  12. gb says

    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.

  13. Mark says

    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!!!

  14. tinkerbelle says

    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.

  15. simon says

    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.

  16. GregV says

    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.

  17. EchtKultig says

    “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”

    That’s probably not far from the truth.