From the Houston Voice (Feb. 11):

Four gay and lesbian Web sites that unknowingly listed the National Youth Crisis Hotline as a resource have deleted referrals to the hotline in response to a recent Houston Voice story that exposed the hotline’s gay bias.

The hotline, also know as 1-800-HIT-HOME, recently referred Houston teen Jeffry Faircloth to Exodus, which claims it can change sexual orientation.

Faircloth said he called a few years ago as he was beginning the coming-out process. The person who answered the phone told him that homosexuality was a sin, read him scripture and referred him to the ex-gay group.

The web sites had assumed the hotline, a project of Horizon Christian Fellowship in San Diego, was a legitimate mental-health provider.

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