There’s been a great deal of discussion recently at Warren Throckmorton’s site regarding Alan Chambers’ possible retirement of the term “ex-gay.”
Although I didn’t join the discussion, I did start thinking about what the term “ex-gay” entails. Needless to say, ex-gay covers a huge spectrum of experiences. Before we possibly do away with the term, I thought I would contribute something by creating a diagram to capture that wide range of experiences. I felt that a diagram was necessary to recognize that “ex-gay” is an identity commonly associated with a dynamic range of experiences and feelings much like “gay.”
This diagram is by no means a finished work. Most notably there is debate over the claim ex-gays are encouraged to identify as such immediately upon entering a conversion program.