Austin, TX (PRWEB) May 2, 2007 — This summer, on June 29-July 1, former ex-gays and their allies will have an unprecedented opportunity to meet, share resources, and add their voices to a growing social movement. The Ex-gay Survivor’s Conference, which will take place on the University of California’s Irvine campus, is co-sponsored by Soulforce, beyondexgay.com, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center at the University of California, Irvine.
Recent events have brought national attention to the existence of programs intended to modify same-sex desires, which continue to multiply in spite of the consensus of the major medical and mental health organizations that sexual orientation is not a disorder and is, therefore, not in need of a “cure.” The Ex-gay Survivor’s Conference will focus on the personal stories of “survivors”–people who feel they have experienced more harm than benefits from ex-gay programs.
This conference comes at a perfect time. Ex-Gay issues are reaching the public conscience like never before, and as I believe we are still a country of fundamentally good, decent and fair people, seeing and hearing these stories of pain and anguish will do much to present the case that seeking change does more harm than good.
If you have been through an ex-gay program, consider sharing your story. If not, come to support and or just listen. Either way, it’s coming up fast. More info on schedules here.