I’ve finally read Tanya Erzen’s Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a better understanding of those who are going through ex-gay movements.
Erzen spent a year observing New Hope, Frank Worthen’s live-in program for Christian men who are struggling with unwanted same sex attraction. She was given access to the participants over a long period of time and was able to gain their trust and respect. The resultant book is a fascinating look at the motivations, methods, and attitudes of the participants in the program.
Over the next few weeks I’ll discuss some observations that Erzen made and some of my thoughts that were generated as a result of her writing. To get the book, there is a link from exgaywatch.