Leading "Ex-Gay" Makes Stunning Admission.
"I’ve never met a man who experienced a change from homosexual to heterosexual."He's not the first to finally tell the truth of these so-called "change ministries," which have been wreaking havoc in the lives (and pocketbooks) of GLBT persons for decades. But to come from someone this prominent is meaningful, reminding me of when the head of Exodus International in England made the exact same admission.
Reported by Wayne Besen, who refuses to let these untruths lie unchallenged.
John Smid’s Stunning AdmissionPosted October 12th, 2011 by Wayne Besen(Weekly Column)For decades, John Smid had been the leader of Love in Action, the infamous “ex-gay” ministry that took away the underwear of clients if the undergarments appeared too gay. The strict Memphis-based ministry also used an egg timer in the bathroom to make sure its clients would not masturbate while showering.
Of all the “ex-gay” ministries this was the most cult-like – with Smid keeping tight control over the social lives of his clients, who paid a pretty penny to live in the residential program.
Actually I’ve never met a man who experienced a change from homosexual to heterosexual.Wow. If the “ex-gay” myth did not work for Smid, then it won’t work for anyone. After all, he had incredible dedication, adhered to a hardcore form of fundamentalism, and enforced a strict cult-like regimen on his charges. Yet, years later, he is faced with the daunting reality that “ex-gay” programs are a Religious Right marketing program, not a legitimate movement..