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Title South Texas Community News, Vol. 3, No. 13, August 2, 1979
Publisher Gay Community News
Date August 2, 1979
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • San Antonio, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
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Transcript Page 14' Community News «ini EXECUTIVE HEALTH CLUB AUSTIN Stephen F. Austin Hotel Basement Level 478-7220 24 HOURS Yearly Membership $ 10.00 ADMISSION: STUDEI SAN ANTONIO to 6 P.M. after 6 P.M. $4.25 $5.30 723 Avenue B 225-8807 rf>» n* Kff *' c»> rf ** *s $ 1.00 off Adm. anytime Weekly Rates-6 A.M. to 6 P.M.-Workout Monday thru Frl. $10.00 per week Membership Valid at both Facilities ccx *<* Sorry, Massage Not Available! COMPLETE WORK-OUT FACILITIES Private rest area's HOT TUBS, & ^ _ A hour and a half later I hung up the phone feeling better thanks to Jim, a .straight frienJ who bad become a very important person in my life during the past year. His close friendship and acceptance :>f me were invaluable. But he had asked the question, too. "Did I want to be straight?" I still couldn't answer it. w A week'later I was back in Ren/roe's office for session number two. He said it saddened Mm to bear people say they were Dorn hcmospxiiM or have always been homosexual. *. "The tragic thing about tbosr statements is not Just that they are wrong.' he*ud, "but t at tiiey have the effVt of unnecessarily binding the one who believes (hem ir.so a lifetime of homosexuality." t*** Renfroe explained that basically there are two causes of homosexuality: a "predisposition" toward homosexuality and "learned behavior." Several factors can cause a child to grow up wtth a predisposition toward their own sex. Among them: temperament, inadequate parental relationships (smothering or dominant mothers and/or passive or absent fathers), permissive childhood training, insecurity about sexual identity, childhood sexual trauma, early interest in sex, youthful masturbating or sexual fantasizing, childhood associates and peer pressure. Renfroe emphasized that a predisposition toward homosexuality was not synonymous with homosexuality. This is where "learned behavior" came in. "As a person's thoughts and activities become more and more same-sex oriented, he tends to think negatively about the opposite sex. He progresses until his mind is obsessed with his own sex. He can say God made me gay,* but in actuality he made the choice. He permitted his thoughts to drift into homosexual fantasies and experiences," Renfroe said. He emphasized that "same-sex desires, feelings, thoughts and actions are reversible." Throughout the week, I gave considerable thought to what Renfroe had said. A lot of it seemed to make sense. Several of the predisposing factors were in my background and I had to admit I willingly participated in homosexual activities. But I couldn't help my desires. I certainly didn't put them there — no matter what he said. At the beginning of meeting number three, Renfroe asked me if I had ever personally invited Jesus Christ into my life as Lord and Savior. That question set the stage for our session. Renfroe explained the only way 1 would ever reverse the homosexual process was to undergo a chan ge -of nature. He said I would need outside help, which' i| exactly what Jesus came to give me. He explained the Bible teaches that when a person receives Christ, be beconrs "a partner of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through Just." Renfroe emphasized, however, there were other steps to overcoming homosexuality: I would have to face homosexuality as a sin and confess it Driving back home after our session bad ended. I had more phamphiets and publications to read. One listed 18 steps to overcoming homosexuality, rift stated: accept Jesus as Savior, be continually controlled by the Holy Spirit, walk In tbe Spirit, admit homosexuality isasin and confess it, face and confess your basic anger problem, love and accept yourself, learn to control your mind, thank God for your sexuality, stop homosexual acts, avoid homosexual hangouts and friends, become involved in Bible- teaching, become active in a weekly Bible study, vigorously seek Christian companionship, find one or more intimate new friends, give cneck-up privileges to one of these friends, believe in God for an unlimited future, present your body formally to. God and become a people-helper. Just 18 simple steps—and poof, I'm straight — I said to Jim. But I stili wondered, even if I took the 18 steps, would my desire for men be replaced by a desire for women? Besides, I felt I was already leading a Christian life. I believed in God and had accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. I treated my fellow man with respect and Jove and understanding and was not out to hurt anybody or force my beliefs on any one else. But Jim was there wtth his question again. "Did I ' want to be straight?" And again. I couldn't answer it. Then Jim inquired: "If you were straight and I was gay, how would you feel about me? Would it make any difference in our relationship? Would you not be a friend because Anita Bryant's 18 steps says you shouldn't?" Of course It wouldn't matter, I replied. I knew that even if I was straight, I would still be open-minded enough to-accept people who are different. At least t hoped I would be. I just couldn't imagine myself ever thinking that homosexuality was wrong. "Then why are you questioning it now?" Jim demanded. "Either you truly believe that homosexuality is wrong, against God's will, immoral and all that other stuff—or you dont Yon r.i::'( just i say It may not be the lifestyle for you. If yon do, you are copping out and not facing up to the issue. What is tbe bottom line?" Session number four arrived much too soon. Jim's questions were still plaguing me. My mind was getting more boggled as tbe days wore on. Sensing something, Renfroe asked what was bothering me Itnld him I didn't think I would ever be able to say homosexuality was wrong. He said be didn't expect me to say it yet "because 1 was trapped in a .perverse life style and led to believe it was acceptable." For the rest of ihe session, we talked about who I really was. Renfroe said that homosexuality wasn't | really my problem. He urged me to look deep inside myself and back into my childhood to dfscovpi what was at tbe root of my unhappiness now "You are merely using homosexuality to compensate for hidden emotional scars," Renfroe said. We talked for two hours, and I returned home completely spent. During the next week I spent a lot of time alone, soul-searching, thinking, looking at myseli and my life and generally just trying to get my head back together. Session number five went smoothly, with the main topic being "Can a Christian be a homosexual?" Definitely not, Renfroe main-.lined. "Neither can an adulterer, liar, thief or murderer. They are all sinners," be said. I cringed. That was Brj ants favorite passage. Toward the end of the hour. Renfroe asked me where I stood now. We had completed our five sessions. I i-e-a.f.-.iiud cy saving I woud have to -tort out ail we had talked about. I would have to decide whether homosexuality was indeed evil and whether i coufcf become straight Be:ere leaving, Renfroe assured me that he would be available any time I wanted to talk. As he bad emphasized repeatedly during the past weeks, be said he hoped I knew that he hated my "sin" but loved me. . No. I'm not "cured." Nor do I regret my five week expertej.v? at Anita-Bryant Ministries. I met some decent people who are deaicated and sincere in their religions b .liefs and their love of God and their iellow -man. '. I>ui they are extremely fearful cf a world and ; lifestyle they are ignorant of. They wrongly huJst that all men be like them. Cont, Page 15
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