"Ex-Gays" Hub




James Franco Boyfriends Up to Zachary Quinto in First Official Still From Gay-Themed Film 'Michael'

Michael

While we've seen various shots posted by James Franco and Zachary Quinto on Instagram, this is the first official still we've seen from the film, in which Franco plays "ex-gay" activist Michael Glatze, writer for the (now shuttered) gay twink magazine XY and co-founder of the short-lived publication Young Gay America, who denounced his homosexuality and became a poster boy for that movement. Glatze also became a pastor and married a woman.

Gus van Sant is executive producing the film with Franco, Vince Jolivette, Scott Reed, Ron Singer and Joel Michaely as producers. It's based on the Benoit Denizet-Lewis NYT article "My Ex-Gay Friend".

Quinto plays Glatze's former boyfriend Bennett. The film also stars Teen Wolf's Charlie Carver.

The shot above appears in an American Film Market preview story in The Hollywood Reporter.


Southern Baptist Leader Denounces 'Ex-Gay' Therapy - VIDEO

Russell Moore

Southern Baptist leader Russell Moore has denounced “ex-gay” therapy at a conference in Nashville, reports Huffington Post.

The American Psychological Association has urged mental health professionals to avoid “ex-gay” therapy since 2009. Since then, California and New Jersey have passed laws banning conversion therapy for minors.

Speaking to journalists at the group’s national conference yesterday, Moore, who serves as president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, said that “ex-gay” therapy has been “severely counterproductive.” Sbclogo

“The utopian idea if you come to Christ and if you go through our program, you’re going to be immediately set free from attraction or anything you’re struggling with, I don’t think that’s a Christian idea.

“Faithfulness to Christ means obedience to Christ. It does not necessarily mean that someone’s attractions are going to change.

“The Bible doesn’t promise us freedom from temptation. The Bible promises us the power of the spirit to walk through temptation.

“The idea that one is simply the sum of one’s sexual identity is something that is psychologically harmful ultimately. And I think also we have a situation where gay and lesbian people have been treated really, really badly. The response is not shunning, putting them out on the street. The answer is loving your child.”

On the same morning that Moore made similar comments to an audience of 1,300 people, three representatives from the “ex-gay” movement spoke at the conference.

In July, "ex-gay" Yvette Schneider published a “coming out” interview with GLAAD calling for bans on reparative therapy.

Watch Moore discuss his opinions on same-sex marriage, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "Southern Baptist Leader Denounces 'Ex-Gay' Therapy - VIDEO" »


National Center for Lesbian Rights #BornPerfect Campaign Is Fighting Conversion Therapy

Bornperfect

The National Center for Lesbian Rights’s #BornPerfect campaign wants to combat queer conversion therapy here in the U.S. The team behind the effort consists of child welfare experts and mental health specialists who launched the campaign in hopes of exposing some of the more nuanced problems that conversion therapy can cause.

Samantha Ames, an attorney for the NCLR, is heading up the initiative. Through #BornPerfect, the NCLR aims to raise awareness about conversion therapy, and working in over a dozen states to roll out laws--similar to California’s--that criminalize the practice

“The time is long overdue for the United States to address the severe harms inflicted on young LGBT people and their families by purveyors of these dangerous and discredited practices,” Ames said in a press release. “Persuading the Committee Against Torture to take up the issue of conversion therapy on the international stage has the potential to save the lives of countless LGBT youth in the United States and around the world.”


Southern Baptists Kick Out LGBT-Friendly California Church - VIDEO

Danny Cortez

The Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) has kicked out a pro-LGBT California church, claiming that minister Danny Cortez and the church are not in “cooperation” with the SBC’s stance on LGBT issues, reports Think Progress.

In August, New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, California voted to welcome the LGBT community after Cortez gave a sermon announcing that his son Drew had come out as gay - and that he himself no longer agreed with the SBC’s teachings on homosexuality.

Speaking about his son’s decision to come out, Cortez said:

“My heart skipped a beat and I turned towards [my son] and we gave one another the biggest and longest hug as we cried. And all I could tell him was that I loved him so much and that I accepted him just as he is … If it wasn’t for this 15 year journey and my change in theology, I may have destroyed my son through reparative therapy.”

After Cortez’s sermon, members of the church had the option to remove him from the pulpit but voted to keep him as pastor and adopt a live-and-let-live approach “in the same way that our church holds different positions on the issue of divorce and remarriage.” 6a00d8341c730253ef01a73dd6d034970d-500wi

On Tuesday, the SBC voted unanimously to “disfellowship” New Heart because it “does not presently meet the definition of a cooperating church” as its constitution outlaws congregations that “act to affirm, approve or endorse homosexual behavior.”

Forgetting that “compassion” is a two-way street, Ronnie Floyd, SBC President and pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, said:

“[New Heart has] walked away from us as Southern Baptists. We have not walked away from them. So it is with compassion that I would appeal to them to reconsider their decision, mostly their position related to the Word of God on homosexuality.”

However, New Heart has stood firm in its decision to embrace diversity. In a letter to the SBC committee, church Deacons explained that their congregation holds a multiplicity of positions, but also acknowledges their pastor’s firmly pro-LGBT stance:

“Some ‘members in our church’ believe that same-sex marriage can be blessed by God, while other members in our church believe that marriage is reserved for one man and one woman. While ‘our church’ remains without an official stance on same-sex marriage, our preaching pastor has officiated a same-sex marriage.”

Watch Cortez's sermon "Why I Changed My Mind on Sexuality," as well as his son's coming out video, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "Southern Baptists Kick Out LGBT-Friendly California Church - VIDEO" »


Chinese Man Sues Clinic For Gay Conversion Therapy, Calls On World Health Organization For Support: VIDEO

Screen Shot 2014-09-22 at 11.10.41 PM

A 30-year-old Chinese man using the pseudonym Xiao Zhen (pictured) has has sued two companies involved in his experience with "gay conversion therapy," which included painful shock treatments and hypnosis. The companies are Xinyupiaoxiang Counseling Center (where the therapy took place), and Baidu — China's most popular search engine (which lead Zhen to find the treatment).

The New York Times points out that China has made moves to relax laws against homosexuality, decriminalizing it in 1997 and declassifying it as mental illness in 2001. But these clinics remain popular, as less than 3% of adult gay men in China are estimated to be "completely out."

Zhen says the pressure against homosexuality is strong because marriage is universally expected of men in many parts of China, including his small hometown in the Guangdong Province. To the NYT, Zhen recounts his story coming out to his parents over the phone — they "said nothing [and] were [probably] very sad. They just sat there silently and then hung up."

In a YouTube video for AllOut, Zhen speaks about his experience with the organization that carried out his conversion therapy, and how the experience motivated his lawsuit:

They gave me electro shocks, they hypnotized me...I survived this 'treatment' and I decided to fight back. No one should suffer like I did for who they are or who they love. I decided to sue the sham clinic. It's the first time someone in China has done this and the authorities are starting to listen.

Zhen's plans extend beyond this lawsuit:

Newspapers from all over the world are talking to me but I want to go bigger. I'm asking the World Health Organization, the global medical authority, to back me up.

He is doing this with a a petition hosted on AllOut, which (as of this posting) has accumulated 108,000 signatures of its 125,000 goal.

Check the AllOut video via the above link or AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "Chinese Man Sues Clinic For Gay Conversion Therapy, Calls On World Health Organization For Support: VIDEO" »


Meet the McCardles - the Totally Happy, Totally Straight 'Ex-Gay' Couple: VIDEO

Mccardles

The Second City Network - the team behind those hilarous videos over the summer of women reading Grindr, Scruff, and GROWLr messages - are back with a video that asks whether 'ex-gay' therapy really works. 

The McCardles - played by Abby Mcenany and Tim Paul - are just your average, everyday couple who just happen to have met at "ex-gay" reparative therapy. Since then, their hetero love for one another has really blossomed and the two are living totally happy, not-at-all-gay lives of personal fulfilment. 

See for yourself, AFTER THE JUMP...

Continue reading "Meet the McCardles - the Totally Happy, Totally Straight 'Ex-Gay' Couple: VIDEO" »


Trending



Towleroad - Blogged