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James Franco and Zachary Quinto Show Off Laid Back New Looks for Upcoming 'Ex-Gay' Film 'Michael'

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James Franco and his Michael co-star Zachary Quinto debuted via Instagram this week their new looks for the upcoming film about 'ex-gay' activist Michael Glatze. 

Franco now sports the 90s blonde look of Glatze, while Quinto shows off some bangs and more in an XY t-shirt. XY was the (now shuttered) gay twink magazine founded by Glatze back in 1996.

Wrote Franco

Let's Party! Blondes have more fun!! But do you respect me?????

Wrote Quinto:

a little xy trailer time (with early 2000s bangs) after my pretend beebee@jamesfrancotv told me to put my salmon lips on his bagels.

Quinto will reportedly play the former boyfriend of Glatze in the film. 

Think these two are pulling off the 90s/early 2000s look?


Woman Hired To Be In NARTH's Ex-Gay Therapy Video Doesn't Actually Support Ex-Gay Therapy

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Last week, we reported that the junk science, ex-gay National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) was undergoing a rebranding of sorts and would launch a new organization called the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity (ATCSI).

Included in the new organization's roll-out was an odd, fake news video announcing the change that, while not featuring any 'ex-gays,' it did included a rather busty "reporter" claiming that ATCSI would better "meet the needs of a new generation."

That "reporter," Jean Hudson, however, is a YouTube freelancer who is now condemning the ex-gay organization, saying she was shocked to learn about the group's harmful practices. 

ThinkProgress reports:

Hudson was not familiar with NARTH’s background, and the brief script she was asked to read only announced the new organization and did not actually refer to the ex-gay therapy the group promotes. After learning of the group’s mission, she described it as “disturbing,” adding, “I can definitely say that if I had known, I wouldn’t have agreed to the video request.”

Hudson is a video freelancer who contracts with individuals to produce news clips for a variety of purposes, including news announcements, commercial promotions, and special occasions (birthdays, weddings, etc.). She told ThinkProgress that her video services were paid by a “dpruden,” which likely refers to David Clarke Pruden, who is vice president of operations for NARTH and was the president of Evergreen, a Mormon ex-gay ministry, until it closed earlier this year.

“The news of my video services used to promote a website that is reportedly anti-LGBT is very troubling,” Hudson told ThinkProgress. “First, I apologize to my friends, family, clients, and neighbors who are LGBT supporters. I have not and will not betray or have ever deceived you. You know me better.”

The video has since been removed from YouTube and NARTH's website. 


James Franco and His 'New Lover' Zachary Quinto: PHOTO

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Actor and prolific social media user James Franco has Instagrammed a couple of new photos fresh off the set of his new film Michael, which is focused on the life of "ex-gay" activist Michael Glatze.

We got our first look at him in his new role earlier this week. The film is based on a New York Times article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis and is being directed by Justin Kelly. Gus van Sant is an executive producer on the project.

Franco captioned the above photo with Zachary Quinto as "My new lover, SPOCK!" Quinto plays Glatze's ex-lover in the movie.

AFTER THE JUMP another photo of Franco from the film's production - this one's a selfie of the actor sporting blond hair.

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First Look at James Franco as 'Ex-gay' Activist Michael Glatze In New Gus Van Sant Film: PHOTO

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James Franco posted an photo today in his role as ex-gay activist Michael Glatze for the upcoming film Michael. The movie tells the story of Glatze, the founder of the (now shuttered) gay twink magazine XY and the short-lived publication Young Gay America who went "ex-gay" and became a poster boy for that movement.

Wrote Franco:

Last month, it was reported that Zachary Quinto had signed on to play the former boyfriend of Franco’s character. Emma Roberts and Chris Zylka will also star. 

The film, produced by Gus van Sant and directed by Justin Kelly, is based on “My Ex-Gay Friend,” a New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis. You can read the article HERE

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NARTH Rebrands But Is Still The Same Old Ex-Gay Group Peddling Harmful Junk Science: VIDEO

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For the past two decades, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) has been the "professional face" of the ex-gay industry - billing itself as a secular therapy group for individuals wanting to 'overcome' same-sex attraction. In reality, however, the group has really just been a way to wrap up anti-gay hate speech in medical language in an effort make conversion therapy more credible.  

With states like California and New Jersey passing laws banning ex-gay therapy, however, the group is attempting to repackage its discredited 'research' in the form of the newly launched Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity to better "meet the needs of a new generation." 

Writes NARTH:

NARTH-AllianceIn order to respond to these important developments more clearly in our mission, the NARTH board voted in January of this year to create a new organization, titled Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity (ATCSI). NARTH will remain and function within ATCSI as a separate Institute that will continue to focus on matters pertaining to the psychological care of clients with unwanted same-sex attractions and behaviors. Nothing in our mission changes, but we anticipate that our outreach will be significantly expanded.

The group also released a creepy/weird/hilariously awful video introducing the new organization, which you can watch AFTER THE JUMP...

Said Truth Wins Out's Executive Director Wayne Bensen:

"NARTH can put lipstick on this new pig, but it’s the same old swine peddling junk science to desperate and vulnerable people. This cynical rebranding effort is an attempt to mask NARTH’s past failures, history of consumer fraud, and shredded reputation. We urge mental health professionals not to be fooled by NARTH’s new facelift.

Last week, the National Center for Lesbian Rights released a letter from nine prominent 'ex-gay' activists apologizing for their work in the industry. 

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Nine Former Ex-Gay Leaders Collectively Condemn Conversion Therapy

BusseIt's amazing that anyone puts any credit behind conversion therapy. Success stories are virtually non-existent; the few that do exist typically are cases of repression, not conversion; credible psychological institutions condemn the practice as harmful; and multiple states are banning the practice for minors. Now another block has been pulled out of the teetering Jenga tower as nine former ex-gay leaders have come out explicitly condemning the practice.

Writing in an open letter posted online, Exodus International co-founder Michael Bussee (pictured), along with eight other prominent ex-gay leaders wrote the following (bolding mine):

We grew up with the repetitive message that LGBT people were not enough — not straight enough, not Christian enough, not manly or womanly enough, not faithful enough, not praying enough. Never, ever enough. “Toxic” probably sums it up best. That message is poison to the soul. Especially a child’s soul. It can take a lifetime to get rid of that old programming and replace it with healthy, non-toxic views of yourself. Recovery from conversion therapy is difficult at best. Some remain forever scarred, emotionally and spiritually.Conversion therapy reinforces internalized homophobia, anxiety, guilt and depression. It leads to self-loathing and emotional and psychological harm when change doesn’t happen. Regrettably, too many will choose suicide as a result of their sense of failure. In light of this, we now stand united in our conviction that conversion therapy is not “therapy,” but is instead both ineffective and harmful. We align ourselves with every major mainstream professional medical and mental health organization in denouncing attempts to change sexual orientation or gender identity. We admonish parents to love and accept your LGBT children as they are. We beseech the church to accept, embrace, and affirm LGBT persons with full equality and inclusion.

The other men and women who signed the letter are: Brad Allen, Exodus International Headquarters; Darlene Bogle, Paraklete Ministries; Catherine Chapman, Portland Fellowship; Jeremy Marks, Exodus Europe; Bill Prickett, Coming Back; Tim Rymel, Love in Action; Yvette Cantu Schneider, Exodus International; John J. Smid, Exodus International Board of Directors.


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