When contemporary Christian music singer Ray Boltz recently acknowledged the truth that he has always been same-sex-attracted, and that years of poor ex-gay advice failed him, ex-gay activist Greg Quinlan and Exodus national speaker Bob Stith responded with falsehoods and ostracism.
Former ex-gays are familiar with that sort of response: For decades, ex-gay organizations have cast out members who acknowledged the truth that ex-gay “therapies” almost never succeed and often harm counselees.
The Our Family Matters conference Oct. 22-25 in Nashville will bring together former ex-gays, gay people of faith, their families, and supportive clergy. Tennessee’s Out and About newspaper says:
Launched as a live version of Kim Clark’ acclaimed documentary, God and Gays: Bridging the Gap, the conference will address questions related to the relationship between God and the GLBT community. The event will include a film festival, live concerts, national keynote speakers Jack Rogers and Rev. Deborah Johnson, and three days of workshops.
Presenters will include Boltz, Exodus Love In Action survivor Peterson Toscano, Colorado ex-gay survivor Christine Bakke, Mary Lou Wallner (a mother whose ex-gay attitudes contributed to her daughter’s suicide), and former Exodus leader Darlene Bogle.
Hat tip: Peterson Toscano