Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Former EX-GAY Leaders Alliance (FELA) Welcomes President Obama's Call To End Reparative Therapy

This one almost passed by given the President's visit to Jamaica and our own fear-mongering on LGBT issues.


President Obama in Jamaica at a townhall meeting

We welcome President Obama’s statement and stand with him in opposition to reparative therapy for minors, and call on everyone, regardless of political affiliation, to stand with us and put an end, once and for all, to this practice. — 

UNITED STATES – We, as former leaders and founders of conversion/ex-gay therapy, stand with President Obama and call for an end to the scientifically discredited practice of “conversion therapy,” also known as reparative therapy, ex-gay treatments and sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE). 

As we stated in our open letter (July, 2014), we represent more than 50 years of experience and can attest to the emotional and spiritual damage caused to men, women, children and their families. Now with more than 40 years of research, nearly every major medical, mental and social health organization affirms that conversion therapy does not work. It has, in fact, proven to be potentially harmful.

Unfortunately, the issues of sexuality and gender are used as divisive weapons between political parties, making the human lives of LGBT people fodder for debate and leverage for control and power. In the crosshairs, lie young victims whose potential straddles perceived religious freedoms and real life dilemmas. We can do better than this. 

Banning reparative therapy for minors from licensed clinical mental health professionals assures young people can find solace and solidarity in the scientific community, while holding mental health workers accountable. It does not limit them, or their parents, from seeking spiritual advice from clergy. 

It does however, send a clear message that the practice of sexual orientation change efforts does not work, and should alert and alarm guardians of its potentially dangerous, or even deadly, effects. As one would never send a patient to a doctor to perform unethical, unnecessary, and outdated medicine, it is time to hold mental health practitioners to similar standards. 

We welcome President Obama’s statement and stand with him in opposition to reparative therapy for minors, and call on everyone, regardless of political affiliation, to stand with us and put an end, once and for all, to this practice. 

Brad Allen 
Lay Leader Volunteer (2005-2007) 
Church Network Coordinator (2007) Exodus International 

Darlene Bogle 
Founder, Director, 
Counselor Paraklete Ministries (1985 to 1992) 

Michael Bussee 
EXIT (1974-1979) 
Co-founder Exodus International (1976-1979) 

Catherine Chapman 
Project Coordinator (2000-2003) Women’s Ministry Director (2005-2007) Portland Fellowship

Jeremy Marks 
Founder Courage UK (1988 – 2000) Exodus Europe (1988 – 1999) 

John Paulk 
Love in Action Leadership Team (1989-1993) Public Relations Director, Portland Fellowship (1996-98) Founder-Director, Love Won Out (1998-2003) Exodus International Board of Directors (1998-2003) 

Bill Prickett 
Founder, Executive Director Coming Back (1986-1988) 

Tim Rymel 
Outreach Director Love in Action (1991-1996) 

Yvette Cantu Schneider Executive Director (2001-2005) Living in Victory Ministry Director of Women’s Ministry, Exodus International (2008-2011) Policy analyst, Family Research Council (1998-2011) 

John J. Smid 
Executive Director, Love In Action (1987-2008) Exodus International Board of Directors (1990-1995; 2002-2008) 

Randy Thomas 
Executive Director, Living Hope Ministries (1999 to 2002) Staff member, Executive Vice President, Exodus International (2002-2013) 

Michael D. Watt 
Drop-in Support Group Coordinator, Love in Action (2005-2006) Love in Action Board Member (2006-2008) 

Kevin White 
Manager of Exodus Books Exodus International (2006-2008) - 



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