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Houston Voice, June 24, 2005 - File 012. 2005-06-24. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 14, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/3815/show/3781.

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Title Houston Voice, June 24, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date June 24, 2005
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript EDITORIAL & PRODUCTION Execute Editor CHRIS CRAIN Edtor BINNIE FISHER ConKpondetlts DVANA BAGBY, LOU CHIBBARO, JR. MUBARAK DAHIR, LAURA DOUGLAS-BROWN, MIKE FLEMING, MATTHEW HENNIE, JOHNNY HOOKS PHIL LAPADULA. RYAN LEE, BRIAN MOY- LAN, KEVIN NAFF, YUSEF NAJAFI, KEN SAIN. RHONDA SMITH, STEVE WEINSTEIN, ANDYZEFFER Contributors DON MAINES, DAWN RORIE. ELLA TYLER, J.A. CHAPMAN AND RICH ARENSCHIELDT Photograiltiers DALTON DEHART KIMBERLY THOMPSON Production Manager JAMES NEAL Webmaster ARAM VARTIAN SALES & ADMINISTRATION General Manager JASON WILSON jwilson,nboustonvoice.com Sales Executive MICHAELB. CANNON- mcannonahoustonvoice.com Classified Sales / Office Administrator JOHNNY HOOKS jhooksiP'houston voice.com National Advertising Representative Rivendell Media • 212-242-6863 PuMsher- WINDOW MEDIA LLC President-WILLIAM WAYBOURN Editorial Director- CHRIS CRAIN Corporate Controller- BARNETTE HOLSTON Art Director- ROB BOEGER Director of Operations- MIKE KITCHENS Director of Sales-CARRIE FISHER Director of Classified Sales- YVONNE ROHRBACHER Marketing Manager - AUSTIN SNIPES 1 thediamber Established 1974 as the Montrose Star. 500 Lovett Blvd, Suite 200 Houston, Texas 77006 (713)529-8490 Fax (713) 529-9531 wwwiraustonvoice.com Office hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays To submit a tetter Letters should be fewer than 400 words We reserve the right to edit for content and length. We will withhold names upon request, but you must include your name and phone number for verification. Please send mail to Houston Voice, 500 tovett Blvd., Suite 200, Houston. Texas 77006; fax (713) 529-9531 or e-mail to editorioiboustonvoicecom Opinions expressed therein do not reflect those of the Houston Vote. All material id Houston Voice is protected by lederal copyright law and may nol be reproduced without the Ai.:;.M.i.nvMt.!1M.*.*.,r":L'i'.v rhf sexual orienl,ttii*n of advertisers, photographers, ""'iters MO published herein ii neither interred ot implied The appearance ot names or ptctorial representation does not necessarily indicate the sexual orientation ol that person or persons Houston Vote accepts wtsohciled editorial material but canncH take responsibility tor its return The editor reserves I he right |o accept, reied or edit any submission All rights revert lo authors upon publication Guidelines lor freelance - contributors are available upon request corum HOUSTON VOICE JUNE 24, 2005 PAGE 11 editorial Lock up the 'ex-gays' Reparative rhetoric is dangerous and flawed and repudiated by mental health organizations, but that's not stopping the 'ex-gay' crusade. By KEVIN NAFF AY ADULTS LEARN from an early age to develop a thick skin. From playground taunts to inappropriate jokes in the boardroom, many of us have endured the hurtful anti- gay prejudice of our peers for a long time and, as a result, acquired the armor and perspective necessary to protect ourselves. I can endure hours of evangelical Christian diatribes about the evils of the "gay agenda." Or quietly suffer the barbs of pandering politicians looking to win elections on our backs. Or turn the other cheek when a gaggle of ministers calls a news conference to announce their support for a ban on gay marriage. Even the Washington Times' practice of putting the words gay marriage in quotation marks has ceased to send my blood pressure soaring. There remains just one assault on the dignity of gay men and lesbians that still drives me into fits of rage: the "ex-gay" movement. The quotation marks are deliberate — and appropriate, because there is no such thing as "ex-gay." There is"repress-my-inate-immutable-charac- teristics-and-deny-their-existence," but no such condition as "ex-gay." The "ex-gays" usually make headlines only when their leaders are caught emerging from a gay bar at 2 a.m. But they are everywhere these days. LAST WEEK, THE TALE OF ZACH, a 16-year-old gay Tennessee high school student who was sent to a reparative therapy camp by his impossibly naive parents, made its way into the blogos- phere. Zach's story serves as a reminder that the zany, funny film "But I'm a Cheerleader" was not entirely a work of fiction. Last month, the "ex-gay" crowd made headlines in Maryland, where they joined a lawsuit to block implementation of an updated sex education curriculum that included discussion of homosexuality and a condom demonstration. The "ex-gays" are actually demanding that their views be included in health classes, which are ordinarily based on that quaint concept known as science. The "ex-gays" also caused a stir in Florida this month, after commissioning billboards in Orlando that read, "Gay? Unhappy?" and included a Web site address, www.exodus.to. The site for Exodus International offers various services to those seeking escape from the "homosexual lifestyle" and testimonials from self-described "ex-gays." In his testimonial, someone identified as Alan Chambers writes, "Disillusioned and desperate, I remember going into my parent's room nightly to see if they had been raptured, taken to heaven, without me." He recounts his addiction to anonymous gay sex and how he turned to the Bible to be saved. The Exodus site even offers a prayer nequest page, complete with a drop-down box of prayer options: "for me to overcome homosexuality," "for my child," "for my spouse," "for a family member." The "ex-gays" got some ink in last Sunday's New York Times Magazine. The cover story, about a group of Christian activists in Maryland desperate to protect the sacred institution of marriage from gays, references the "ex-gay" movement as the antidote to gay marriage. And the "ex-gay" debate comes to the Seattle area this weekend, with two competing conferences- The first conference, sponsored by Focus on the Family, is titled "Love Won Out," and bills itself as "promoting the truth that homosexuality is preventable and treatable." The second conference, "Love Welcomes All," is intended to counter the "ex-gay" confab and is sponsored by PFLAG and other pro-gay groups. AT A TIME WHEN CONSERVATIVE Christians are resurrecting the debate over evolution, pesky details like science matter little to the "ex-gays." Every reputable medical institution, including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association and the American Medical Association, has repudiated reparative therapies as dangerous. As the Times story points out. the American Psychiatric Association actually endorsed gay marriage in the interest of promoting mental health. In light of all the evidence that these reparative techniques are ineffective and, in fact, dangerous to the mental health of young gays, it's time for these camps to be shut down. An enterprising gay lawyer ought to step forward and. as at least one blogger following Zach's story put it, find grounds to sue these bastards out of existence. In an ironic twist, the ex-gay ministry at the center of Zach's story is now asking for "tolerance." The request from Love in Action, which sponsors the camp called Refuge, came during a June 16 news conference. "This program is operated on the will of the guardian or parent. We will work with the minor children as long as they are not overtly distracting to their own program or the program of others," said John Smid, the "ex-gay" executive director of Love in Action. "If it is shown that the client is overtly treatment resistant, we will work with the parent towards alternative options for their care and overall relational health." What "alternative options" does Smid have in mind? Electro-shock therapy? Solitary confinement? THE DAMAGE CAUSED TO YOUNG GAYS by the views of "ex-gays" should not be underestimated. The two greatest weapons that opponents of gay rights wield against us are charges that gay men are pedophiles and that homosexuality is a choice. Overcoming those two obstacles would mean instant victory for the movement. And the "ex-gays" are doing their best to reinforce the refuted canard that being gay is a choice; that I could just as easily choose a different pair of shoes as I could choose a different sexual orientation. Right-handed people can't choose to be lefties, those with brown skin can't choose white and gays can't choose to be straight. Yes, it really is that simple. Someday, science will discover the biological or genetic root of homosexuality and finally put to rest the absurd notion that sexual orientation is a choice. Until then, we must counter the damaging rhetoric of the "ex-gays" and ensure that young gays like Zach understand that they are perfectly normal as they are. It's the "ex-gays" that belong in a reparative camp. Kevin Naff is managing editor of the Washington Blade, a publication affiliated wrth this one and can be re; at loiaff@washWade.com lington I ■ache* * READER FEEDBACK: Send letters, comments and suggestions to forum@houstonvoice.com.
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