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Leading ‘Ex-Gay’ Therapy Organization Disbands, Apologizes to Gay Community (VIDEO)

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One of the nation’s most prominent organizations that promotes “ex-gay therapy” has announced that it is disbanding — and has apologized to the gay community.

Exodus International president Alan Chambers issued a written apology Wednesday where he acknowledged that his organization has caused “pain and hurt” to many who have sought its controversial therapy — therapy which has been debunked within the scientific community has being psychologically harmful.

Here is an excerpt of Chambers’ apology:

Please know that I am deeply sorry. I am sorry for the pain and hurt many of you have experienced. I am sorry that some of you have spent year working through the shame and guilt you felt when your attractions didn’t change.  I am sorry we promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized parents. I am sorry there were times that I didn’t stand up to people publicly “on my side” who called you names like sodomite — or worse. I am sorry that I, knowing some of you so well, failed to share publicly that the gay and lesbian people I know were every bit as capable of being amazing parents as the straight people I know. I am sorry that when I celebrated a person coming to Christ and surrendering their sexuality to him that I callously celebrated the end of relationships that broke your heart. I am sorry that I have communicated that you and your families are less than me and mine.

Exodus International also announced that it will begin a new organization that encourages churches to “become safe, welcoming, and mutually transforming communities.”

Addressing attendees at the group’s final conference, Chambers mentioned the scandal that engulfed his organization last year after he said that the sexual orientation of people does not change. “I’m convinced that the scandal is of God’s making,” Chambers said.

He encouraged attendees to transform their churches to more of accepting and loving “father church” rather than a judgmental and condemning “older brother church.”

“What that means is we’re not gonna control people anymore ,” he told them. “We’re not gonna tell them how they should live. We’re not gonna be responsible for what they’re doing. It’s not our job. You are not the Holy Spirit. I am not the Holy Spirit. The Church is not the Holy Spirit.”

Research has shown that ex-gay therapy, along with simply not working, psychologically damages its participants. A survey conducted in 2013 of people who went through the therapy showed its harmful effects, including a man who described his eight-year marriage to a woman as a “scam,” and another who endured self-hatred, isolation, depression and flashbacks long after the therapy had ended. Another man even said that therapists performed an “exorcism” on him in an effort to “cure” him of being gay.

Below is a video of the final Exodus International conference. Chambers begins at about the 20 minute mark.

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  1. sophist6

    June 20, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    As a former Christian and current lesbian – I struggled with my faith and sexuality. These people ruined so many lives, an apology (half assed at that) doesn’t quite cut it for me. You can read more of my opinion and story here: http://tolerantpeople.com/2013/06/20/in-gods-closet/

  2. Bob Cull

    June 20, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Next act: Marcus and Michelle Bachman condemn him as a quitter and a liar and vow to take up the slack by “curing” more gays than ever.

    • RichardR

      June 22, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      And to Marcus…healer, heal thyself.

  3. Ekaterina Kaverina

    June 20, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Alan Chambers, you have my sympathy and respect. It is all but impossible for an average person to recognize their mistakes publicly, so I know you are remarkable. I hope people listen to you. I sincerely wish you happiness.

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  5. victim

    June 22, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Rot in Hell

  6. triscuitqueen

    June 22, 2013 at 6:47 am

    People like this are not to be celebrated for “changing their minds”. They have not changed their minds. Something has impacted their pocketbook and their hate was no longer profitable, and that’s the ONLY reason for their change. Keep your change, keep your apologies and keep it all to yourself. There’s nothing you can say or do to “fix” the evil you’ve inflicted on so many. Even now, you are still telling others how to think, act and feel. God doesn’t want you to seek out recognition for your now “good” deeds…if you really had changed, you’d have made your statement that you no longer believe in therapy to cure sexual orientation and would have then stepped to the side to allow those that haven’t hurt so many take the lead on the projects you work on now.

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  8. RichardR

    June 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    YAY!! This is really wonderful, and I’m happy to hear the man sincerely apologize. It takes a much bigger man to own up to his mistakes than to keep making the same ones and use a holy book to justify them, Note to Christians: You can’t lead anyone to Heaven if they won’t follow you, and nobody will follow you if they don’t like where you’re going. Live your principles, and lead by example. A Christian doesn’t have to FORCE his ideas on anyone, because others will happily follow his example if they admire who he is. Be like this man, and be like Christ…loving, accepting and forgiving of yourself and others…and they’ll follow you. No picketing or “conversion therapy” required.

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