Target: Exodus International
Goal: Commend Exodus International for recognizing the harm it caused to the LGBT community through gay conversion therapy.
The practice of attempting to convert homosexuals into heterosexuals still exists in the United States. These practices are mainly faith based. The individuals who run these facilities often believe that being gay is a choice, so they think gay people can choose to become straight. Since 1976, the Christian group Exodus International has focused on homosexuality with the mission statement: “mobilizing the body of Christ to minister grace and truth to a world impacted by homosexuality”.
Recently, Exodus International apologized for the harm it has caused to many gay people. There are many organizations like this in America, and their practices are known to be emotionally painful. In California, conversion therapy was recently made illegal for minors. The president of Exodus International, Alan Chambers made a statement regarding the changing views of the organization. He said, “I am sorry some of you spent years working through the shame and guilt when your attractions didn’t change.” His statement reveals that Exodus International’s previous practices did not work.
Exodus International announced that it would be stopping its practices and forming a separate ministry. This decision comes at a time when gay marriage is one of the most covered political issues in the country. Americans are still divided over this issue, but more and more Americans are increasingly supporting marriage equality. Commend Exodus International for realizing the harm it has done to the gay community by signing the petition below.
Dear Exodus International,
There is no doubt that being gay is not a choice. For many years you have believed the opposite, and have attempted to change people even when nothing was wrong with them to begin with. Throughout this process, you caused pain to the individuals put through this. It takes bravery to admit when you have been wrong, especially in a situation like this where several people were emotionally harmed.
The statement made by your president, Alan Chambers was very powerful. He called the practices “a system of ignorance”, recognizing that the therapy does not work. After 37 years of trying to convert homosexuals, this was a bold statement to make. Ending the conversion therapy was the right decision to make. Many victims of this therapy still face the emotional pain they were put through.
As the country moves toward achieving equality for all Americans regardless of their sexual orientation, many conservatives still believe not only that gay people should not be able to marry, but that being gay is a choice. No one would choose to live a life that makes them more vulnerable to discrimination. Commend Exodus International for realizing this and apologizing for the emotional suffering they have caused.
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