Commenters have noticed that I removed the direct navigation links to the few active exgay blogs on the Net.
First, a reassurance: I will continue to discuss fresh exgay blog entries that seem pertinent, and I welcome unsolicited tips or comments about them via e-mail.
However, two web traffic monitoring services indicated to me that some of the exgay blogs received a disproportionate share of their visitors via XGW. And none of the blogs returned the favor.
One XGW reader suggested that a permanent, unqualified navlink — of
the sort that exists in a navigation bar — implies some degree of
endorsement. I agreed — somewhat: Links to anonymous web sites that
lack accountability or that regularly publish unsubstantiated and false claims should be
clearly identified as such.
So I dropped the permanent navigation links for now.
If an exgay author wishes to receive a permanent and unqualified
link from another web site, then I think it’s reasonable for a would-be
referrer to request some modest gestures of accountability and good
- The author must be identified. Anonymity suggests, at minimum,
a lack of accountability… and sometimes a lack of integrity.
- The author must not only permit but welcome an open exchange of views.
- The author must establish a pattern of accurate, honest and
responsible writing: Assertions about other persons or groups should be
documented from reliable sources — not circular links within the echo
chamber of the political religious right. Generalizations should be
avoided. Blame-shifting, stereotyping, and strawman argumentation are
- Exgay mistakes and moral offenses should be proactively
acknowledged — not ignored or suppressed. Whistleblowers should be
thanked, not ridiculed.
If an active exgay blog meets these criteria, then I would be very interested in reviewing it.