Soulforce Video: Launch of Ex-Gay Survivor Initiative
Soulforce has posted video of its launch of the Survivor Initiative.
In an e-mail message conveying news of the video, Soulforce director Jeff Lutes states:
NARTH is a strong proponent of the ex-gay myth and their staff are featured in James Dobson’s Love Won Out conference – spreading the false and toxic message that LGBT people are disordered and in need of change. Thanks to your support, and our partnership with Beyond Ex-Gay, Soulforce is helping survivors find their voice and use it nonviolently to speak out in powerful ways about the damage these ministries can cause. It is our sincere hope that many of the survivors attending last weekend’s conference will return to their communities and find creative ways to share their stories with the public.
Video by Esteban Rael.
Shawn O’Donnell has added his reflections about going to NARTH offices here.
I believe that these 3 speakers are indeed courageous and I was touched by the simple honesty of their statements. As the mother of a gay son, I have heard the hatred and fear of those who can’t or won’t accept homosexuality as an alternate, much less, normal lifestyle.
I was heartened by the serenity of these speakers who would not be blamed for being bitter regarding the well meaning but misguided attempts to run their lives. I, personally, wish you all the best. Stay strong and be proud of yourselves for being who you are. I am proud of your hard won success.