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'Pure Passion' Ministry To Release 'Ex-Gay' Documentary In June - VIDEO

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In June, Pure Passion — an ex-gay and sexual purity campaign run by minister David Kyle Foster — will release Such Were Some of You, a two-hour documentary “containing the witness of dozens of people to the fact that God can transform the life of anyone caught in homosexual confusion.”

RapeAnother promotional video for the Pure Passion campaign features a woman who says that an estimated 27 million children are being sold into the slavery of “homosexuality." Another says, “Gays and lesbians run major media in this country, they just do!” Yet another talks about how her teacher inappropriately recommended that she become a stripper before opening up his briefcase, showing her his gun and bottle of anointing oil and laying hands upon her.

Other video collections on Foster’s Pure Passion website include ones about “Transgender Disorders,” fatherly wounding, porn/sex addiction and child sex abuse, linking so-called “homosexual confusion” with other sexual and emotional disorders.

Foster’s work has been used by the ex-gay group Exodus International. And like Exodus International, Pure Passion also has an iTunes app that connects users to videos of "ex-gay" testimony.

Exodus International ultimately had their app pulled from Apple’s store after a petition called out the harmful effects of so-called “ex-gay therapy.”

Watch the documentary trailer AFTER THE JUMP…

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Prop 8 Judge Vaughn Walker Describes Closeted Past, 'Ex-Gay' Therapy

In an upcoming book written by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Jo Becker, Judge Vaughn Walker — the U.S. District Court judge who declared California’s anti-gay marriage law Proposition 8 unconstitutional — reveals that he underwent 'ex-gay' reparative therapy as a young man.

WalkerSF Gate has more:

Forcing the Spring: Inside the Fight for Marriage Equality describes Walker blinking back tears as he listened to the man's testimony in 2010, recalling the therapy he had undergone three decades earlier to try to unsnarl uncertainties about his own sexual orientation - but it was a nightmare not revealed publicly until now…

Becker writes that Walker told her the psychiatrist - after some counseling that Walker no longer remembers in any detail - ultimately determined he was not actually gay because he had not yet had sex with a man.

"And he pronounced me cured," recalled Walker - who "wanted badly to believe that was true," the book says…

The "conversion" therapy episodes are among several the book reveals as Walker recalls his internal struggles over his sexuality - and whether, or how, to disclose it.

He says he had "faux romances" with women, entered his first relationship with a man in his late 30s, and was thinking of coming out publicly - but pulled back when he found himself representing the U.S. Olympic Committee in a trademark suit against a San Francisco organization that wanted to call its athletic competition the Gay Olympics.

… After some years on the bench, as Becker describes it, he "began to live a little more openly," occasionally visiting a gay bar, and being seen at social events with his partner, a physician. But he went public with his orientation only in April 2011, more than two months after his retirement.

Shortly after ruling on Prop 8, Walker came out and anti-gay supporters of the law tried to have his decision thrown out on the basis of his inability to be “impartial” as a gay man. That challenge was heard and dismissed by a judge who said that such logic would render female judges unable to rule on gender bias cases.

Becker's book has faced criticism for largely crediting the gay marriage movement's successes to the people she interviewed — something David Mixner noted in his most recent Towleroad column.


Ex-Gay Group JONAH Sells Coffee To Fund NJ Court Defense

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In November of 2012, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against the New Jersey group Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing (JONAH) for offering “dangerous and discredited” ex-gay or conversion therapy.

JONAH will be represented by the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF), a Catholic legal group that is also helping the National Organization for Marriage flout Iowa’s campaign finance disclosure laws. But to help finance their case, the FCDF has begun selling “Defense Fund coffee” provided by His Coffee, a Christian company that offers such reli-cious flavors as “Raise the Dead,” “Holy Grounds” and “Be Still.”

In a 2010 resolution, the American Psychological found that ex-gay therapy has not been proven to work, that people are “unlikely to change” as a result and that such therapies can exacerbate distress, depression and negative self-image.


More on James Franco's Upcoming Role as an 'Ex-Gay' Activist: VIDEO

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And for comparison, Glatze and Franco holding cups of coffee.

Earlier in April we reported that James Franco had signed on to play Michael Glatze, 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.

Now from Deadline comes a little more news about that production and what it's based on:

Justin Kelly, a protege of Gus Van Sant, has set a summer start date for Michael, a film that Kelly will direct that will star James Franco. The pic is based on the Benoit Denizet-Lewis article “My Ex-Gay Friend,” published in The New York Times Magazine.

Van Sant is exec producing the film with Franco, Vince Jolivette, Scott Reed, Ron Singer and Joel Michaely as producers.

Here is Denizet-Lewis's NYT article if you'd like a refresher.

Take a look at Kelly's director's reel, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Illinois House Rejects Bill Banning Gay 'Conversion Therapy'

The Illinois House has rejected a bill banning gay conversion therapy for minors, the Sun-Times reports:

CassidyThe measure, proposed by Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, lost on a 44-51 roll call despite her plea to colleagues to stop gay, bisexual and transgender teens 17 and under from being “horribly and humiliatingly abused.”

“This treatment plan causes depression, causes suicidal actions and is incredibly harmful to children,” said Cassidy, who is openly lesbian and one of the lead architects of Illinois’ same-sex marriage law.

“The practice of conversion therapy is dismissed by every major scientific organization and should not be utilized. There’s not a single scientific basis for one’s sex orientation being a disorder,” she said. “We need to protect our children.”

A similar bill to ban the harmful practice recently failed in Minnesota and was withdrawn in Maryland. The measure is pending in New York.

Bills have passed in Washington state, New Jersey, and California,


Man Has Sex With Hundreds Of Men, Converts To Heterosexuality

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James Parker of England was born gay. He realized he was attracted to other boys at the young age of 10, he was accepted by his family when he came out in his teens, and as an adult he had boyfriends and slept with, by his own estimate, over 200 men. Then he found a new relationship with Jesus Christ and converted to heterosexuality, complete with a wife and child. It turns out that Parker wasn't born that way, he just had a commitment problem that centered from his fear of heterosexual men.

I realised I had some issues, centring on commitment. I discovered I had a deep-rooted fear of rejection, I was too anxious, and I used people. I had an innate fear of men – not of their homophobia, but the real thing: a chasm between me and the normal heterosexual male (Kinsey's so-called number ones). [The Kinsey Scale goes from 0-6]

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I eventually came to realise that as a boy I had failed to interact with other men on any significant level. I had perceived myself to be rejected by men even as a small boy and had made an inner vow never to deeply trust them. People had reached out to me and I had spurned them, including my father and two older brothers. No wonder men had become a mystery to me and even an obsession by my teens, when I began erotically craving men and feeding this through porn.

So because he was scared of straight men, he became attracted to gay men. Makes sense. Because of his experiences and because he was able to be attracted to and sexually satisfied by a woman, Parker now firmly believes that people aren't born gay, that they just create "hidden identities." However, it's not an uncommon thing for someone to not be gay and yet be attracted to the same sex while still being attracted to the opposite sex. These people are called "bisexuals."


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