New York, NY
A graduate of Stanford and Harvard, Gene Stone (www.genestone.com) is a former Peace Corps volunteer, screenwriter, television producer, and journalist as well as a book, magazine, and newspaper editor for such companies as the Los Angeles Times, California, Esquire, Harcourt Brace, and Simon & Schuster.
He has also ghostwritten more than thirty books (many of which were national bestsellers) for a diverse lot of people, including theoretical physicist Steven Hawking, Yahoo! Chief Solutions Officer Tim Sanders, CNN Executive Vice-president Gail Evans. His most recent ghostwritten projects were The Engine 2 Diet, the national bestseller written with vegan firefighter Rip Esselstyn, and Start Something That Matters, written with TOMS shoes founder Blake Mycoskie (a #1 New York Times bestseller). Gene has also written many titles under his own name, including The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick, which has been translated into more than twenty languages; the #1 New York Times bestseller Forks Over Knives; the #1 Washington Post bestseller The Bush Survival Bible; and The Watch, the definitive book on the wristwatch. Gene is currently on the board of several non-for-profits, and has done a great deal of volunteer work in the areas of gay rights and animal advocacy.
Rev. Irene Monroe
Rev. Irene Monroe lives in Cambridge and is a Huffington Post blogger, and a syndicated religion columnist. A native of Brooklyn, Rev. Irene Monroe is a graduate from Wellesley College and Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University, and served as a pastor at an African-American church before coming to Harvard Divinity School for her doctorate as Ford Fellow. As a syndicated queer religion columnist, Monroe columns appear in 43 cities across the country and in the U.K.
Her award-winning essay, “Louis Farrakhan’s Ministry of Misogyny and Homophobia”, was greeted with critical acclaim. Monroe has been profiled in O, Oprah Magazine. She has received the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching several times while being the head teaching fellow of the Rev. Peter Gomes, the Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church at Harvard who is the author of the best seller, THE GOOD BOOK.
She is in the film, “For The Bible Tells Me So,” an exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and her coming out story is profiled in “CRISIS: 40 Stories Revealing the Personal, Social, and Religious Pain and Trauma of Growing up Gay in America.” Monroe sits on the advisory boards of several national LGBTQ organizations is a recipient of the Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defender’s (GLAD) 2012 Spirit of Justice Award.
Rev. Dr. Jerry Stephenson
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jerry is an author of several books including, “Out of the Closet and into the Light” and “Overcoming Obstacles in Life and Coming Out On Top.” He is a former Southern Baptist minister and a survivor of the Exodus’ “ex-gay” programs.
The reverend has appeared in the media on a number of high-profile television shows, including Phil Donahue. Additionally, Jerry founded the ex-ex-gay organization God’s Worthy Creation in conjunction with Atlantic Institute Spiritual Counseling Center to help gays and lesbians know that they are wonderfully made as they are. He has also appeared in this Truth Wins Out survivor video, highlighting the harm of “ex-gay” organziations.
New York, NY
New York, NY
“Patrick McAlvey lives in New York City, where he is a recruiter at Google, Inc. Patrick first publicly shared his story as a survivor of “ex-gay” therapy in a Truth Wins Out video released in 2009 and has since spoken on the topic at events around the country.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Patrick has experience in public relations, political campaigns, online advertising and has served on the Board of Directors for Equality Michigan and the National Association of Social Workers – Michigan Chapter.”