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Houston Voice, June 17, 2005 - File 007. 2005-06-17. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1111/show/1088.

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Title Houston Voice, June 17, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date June 17, 2005
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript 6 JUNE 17,2005 www.houstonvoicc.com HOUSTON VOICE I national news Teen's blog sparks protests at 'ex-gay' facility TENN. TEEN, continued from Page 1 wants me to be on. So I'm sitting here in tears, [joining] the rest of those kids who complain about their parents on blogs — and I can't help it," Zach wrote. "I've been through hell. I've been emotionally torn apart for three days... I can't remember which days they were ... time's not what it used to be." the teen wrote in his last blog entry, posted June 3. The teen also posted what he said were an exhaustive set of rules for Refuge that were e-mailed to his parents: "No hugging or physical touch between clients. Brief handshakes or a brief affirmative hand on a shoulder is allowed ... "[Love In Action] wants to encourage each client, male and female, by affirming his/her gender identity," the rules continued. "LIA also wants each client to pursue integrity in all of his/her actions and appearances. Therefore, any belongings, appearances, clothing, actions, or humor that might connect a client to an inappropriate past are excluded from the program. "These hindrances are called False ft MORE INFO Zach's blog http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm7fuseac- tion=b(og.ListAII&friendID=7428306&Mytoken ■=20050604221047 Love In Action 4780 Yale Rd. Memphis, TN 38128 901-751-2468 www.loveinaction.org Queer Action Coalition www.fightinghomophobia.blogspot.com Images." according to the rules. "F.I. behavior may include hyper-masculinity, seductive clothing, mannish/boyish attire (on women), excessive jewelry (on men), mascot- ing, and 'campy' or gay/lesbian behavior and talk." Camp participants are also forbidden specifically from wearing any clothing by Calvin Klein or Abercrombie & Fitch. Refuge offers a two-week program for $1,500 and a six-week program for $4,000, according to its Web site. Since its inception three years ago, the program has hosted more than 20 participants, according to Rev. John Smid, Love In Action's executive director, who is married to a woman and claims to have left behind "the homosexual lifestyle," if not same-sex attractions. 'Founded upon deception? Gay bloggers and allies who track the teen's thoughts about being sent to the program created additional blogs to support the teen and refute the reparative therapy practiced by Love In Action. Supporters also took part in daily demonstrations that started June 6, Zach's apparent first day in the program, at Love In Action's Memphis headquarters. "The history of organizations like Love In Action are founded upon deception and have been proven ineffective and damaging to people," said Morgan Fox, an organizer of Queer Action Coalition who said she is a friend of Zach's. The coalition formed in direct response to the teen's blogs, Fox said. "He's probably been there about two weeks. But they shut you off from the world when you're in," Fox said. Zach's blog indicates that his cell phone had been taken from him and he only accessed his computer to post a blog entry by waiting until his parents were asleep. About 30 people take part in the daily Blogger Tach,' 16, of Bartlett, Tenn. protests, said Kevin Gilliland, a member of the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center "We're in the buckle of the Bible Belt, and [the teen] has brought a lot of attention to [the ex-gay movement]. A lot of the people protesting are teens. This is an issue of psychological abuse," Gilliland said. Obligation' of parents Supporters of the teen are emailing Love In Action to express their opposition to the program, said Smid, who underwent the program in 1987 and is now the center's executive director. "It appears to me, from what I am hearing, they feel a sense of bond with other young people and they desire to rescue them," Smid said in an interview Wednesday. Smid declined to comment specifically about Zach. But he said parents of gay teens have an obligation to teach their children to live "healthy lifestyles." "There has to be a safeguard ... other than a condom. We need to work with the mind and intellect [of gay teens]," he said. Smid acknowledged the teen blogger's posts highlighted a breakdown in communication among the family members and that Refuge works as a "bridge" to facilitate a better relationship between teens and their parents. Smid said Refuge's rules, including a ban on secular music, specifically including non-Christian classical music by Bach or Beethoven, are critical to the success of the program. "While here, they only listen to Christ- centered music to help ponder their lives," Smid said. "We try to minimize external resources and make sure they're not bombarded." 'Message in a bottle' Love In Action International, founded 32 years ago. is the oldest known "ex-gay" organization, said Besen, author of "Anything But Straight." "These organizations hold them captive, basically as prisoners. They are boot camps," he said. Besen commended Zach's courage in taking his story to the Web. "It's the modern-age message in a bottle," he said. "Here he is on this hideous island of ignorance, and he's sent his message out and now people are trying to rescue him." "This is a new spin on a terrible old story. He's very innovative — it shows the power of the Internet for our community," Besen added. The author said "ex-gay" organizations that focus on adolescents are more difficult to track than programs for adults because they often market their programs as church camps. "These groups inflict significant child abuse. They destroy and demolish the self- worth of young men and women," he said. Task Force honors Daschle for opposing amendment By EARTHA MELZER Calling him the "architect of the defeat of the Federal Marriage Amendment," the National Gay & Lesbian Task Fbrce honored former Senate minority leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) with a leadership award in a ceremony held at New York University last week. Organizers said that an estimated 250 people attended the event and that it raised $110,000 for the organization. Daschle was the Senate Democratic leader when the Federal Marriage Amendment was first introduced last year. The FMA, which would have amended the U.S. Constitution to prevent recognition of same-sex marriage, did not garner the support needed to proceed to a vote on the Senate floor. Social conservatives have argued that it is necessary to amend the Constitution because federal courts may one day overturn the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. DOMA banned same-sex marriage recognition under federal law and specified that states would not be required to recognize same-sex relationships recognized by other states. Daschle was among the many Democrats to vote for DOMA, which passed the Senate 85-14 and was signed into law by President Clinton. 'Classic legalese' from Daschle? Last year, in a May 7 Washington Blade editorial. Task Force Executive Director Matt Foreman took direct aim at Daschle for caving along with other Senate Democrats on a pledge to kill the FMA. He expressed frustration that gay groups were spending money lobbying to defeat the FMA, rather than state constitutional amendments, because the Democrats were not living up to their pledge to stop the federal measure. "We've since learned that the Daschle pledge was a classic display of Washington legalese," Foreman wrote then. "For me, it's appalling — indeed sickening — that scarce resources are being sucked into [fighting the FMA)." Foreman said this week that shortly after his Blade editorial was published, he participated in a meeting where Daschle reassured FMA opponents that he was serious about fighting the measure. "Daschle gave his word and kept his word," Foreman said, crediting Daschle with gathering 51 Democratic votes against moving the amendment toward a vote. "He took a stand for us, and it hurt him, and it hurt his political career and that is something that deserves to be honored and recognized," Foreman said. Mixed record on gay rights Foreman said that during Daschle's 2004 reelection campaign, his opponents used Daschle's stance on the FMA against him, arguing that he was out of touch or too liberal for South Dakota. "He always supported the hate crimes bill and ENDA, he was a champion for Native American rights, he had a very strong environmental record, a strong labor record and a good, though not perfect, record on choice," Foreman said. Daschle received a 63 percent pro-gay voting record from the Human Rights Campaign for his final year in the Senate. During his reelection campaign last fall. Daschle countered criticism about his opposition to the FMA by emphasizing that he had voted for the Defense of Marriage Act "This was a pathetic attempt to keep his seat," Andy Thayer, of the Gay Liberation Network and DontAmend.com said. "He tried to appease the bigots and he still was not bigoted enough for them. He should not be trying to sell our civil rights down the river to help his career."
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