Anything you can do, I can do better. . .that seems to be the message out of the remnants of the Ex-Gay movement. As they sit around watching the smouldering remains of the largest ex-gay group, they have announced the First Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Day, which is part of the First Annual Ex-Gay Pride Month being organized by Voice of the Voiceless.
We are left with one burning question- if these groups won’t shut up about being ex-gay, how they can be voiceless?
For most of us, we are left wondering just how many of them will be showing up given the fact that most of these groups seem incapable of actually producing any solid numbers about how many ex-gays there are in the United States.
Voice of the Voiceless is an offshoot of the ex-gay ministry the International Healing Foundation. In their press release, they say “Voice of the Voiceless Announces July 2013 as First Annual Ex-Gay Pride Month Ex-Gays Call on The White House to Commemorate Unique Contributions.”
Given the fact that there are 11 months in which we commemorate the contributions of straight, cis-gender people, and the press release doesn’t include a single unique contribution from “ex-gays”, we are left wondering what unique contributions they are talking about?
In their press release, which is mostly about what they are planning, they say “We are actively working to receive a Presidential Proclamation from The White House to commemorate Ex-Gay Pride Month and are speaking with members of Congress to recognize and participate in our first annual Awareness Event on the National Mall and Evening Dinner/Reception in Washington, DC. ”
In all the material that they sent out, they also said they were doing this “in order to draw attention to the ever-increasing phenomenon of ex-gays or former homosexuals; that is, individuals who formerly had unwanted same-sex attractions and/or lived an LGBT-identified life, but now do not. These individuals may be in heterosexual relationships, pursuing heterosexuality, or living celibate lives as former homosexuals.”
Ironically, they released this the day before the largest Exodus International shut its doors for good with Alan Chamber, the president of Exodus, noting that he had never met anyone who was truly ex-gay, and that the whole thing was a sham to make gays loathe themselves.
In a letter to President Barack Obama, they conclude by saying “We would also like to discuss tolerance for the ex-gay community and how The White House can ensure equal access for ex-gays in the nation’s capital, which is the only jurisdiction that recognizes ex-gays as a legally protected class.” They also said elsewhere that they are doing this In DC because that city is “is the only jurisdiction that recognizes ex-gays as a protected class against discrimination in the United States, we believe this is a safe place to gather and celebrate free from any threat of intimidation.”
We are, of course, trying to figure out where or when ex-gays have been assaulted, intimidated, raped, stabbed, or murdered, but other than having their hypocrisy exposed lie George Recker, or being resoundly mocked for the fact that they really don’t come off as being sincerely ex-gay or ex-anything, we have come up empty.
In fact, while there is almost no information about how ex-gay therapy works and is effective. Well, credible evidence at least. There is tons of credible evidence that ex-gay therapy does not work and does incredible harm. In fact, former ex-gay purveyor Alan Chambers stated that emphatically and begged for forgiveness for all the harm he has done over the years.
Voice of the Voiceless claims to be “the only anti-defamation organization dedicated to defending the rights of former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions, and their families,” but they seem to forget every other one out there.
The ex-gay purveyors out there have little credibility. In fact, one could say that about all they have is a ton of crudibility. They have resisted any attempts to actually produce research showing that ex-gay therapy is effective and helpful. Additionally, most of us have no problems with people who have gone from having same-sex relationships to having opposite-sex relationships because those people are usually called bisexuals.
In fact, if anything, it often seems like the ex-gay movement is all about bi-erasure.