9 therapeuten stoppen met geven wordt hetero therapie.

Woensdag kon je al bij holebi.info lezen over een Amerikaanse ex-gay leidster die liet weten niet langer ex-gay te zijn en niet langer lid is van een organisatie die holebi's probeert de veranderen in heteroseksuelen. Vandaag komt het nieuws dat ruim 9 ex-gay therapeuten leiders hetzelfde doen.

Een groep van 9 ex-gay therapeuten leiders zeggen vandaag in een gezamenlijke brief sorry voor de ellende die ze hebben veroorzaakt bij holebi's en hun families, en zeggen daarnaast ook dat ze niet langer holebi's zullen proberen te veranderen in hetero's. Van de negen therapeuten zijn er enkele afkomstig uit de grootste Amerikaanse anti holebi groep Exodus International die al bijna 40 jaar therapieën aanbieden om mensen hun seksuele geaardheid te veranderen. Vorig jaar stapte de grote baas van die organisatie, Alan Chamber, zelf op, en ook hij bood zijn verontschuldigingen aan.

Verder zitten in de groep van negen zowel Amerikanen als Britten. Allemaal zeggen ze meermaals sorry voor de schade die ze hebben berokkend bij zowel holebi's als hun families en vrienden. En stellen vandaag ook allemaal dat ze tot het besef zijn gekomen dat zogenaamde wordt hetero therapieën niet werken. De ex-gay leiders gaven een gezamenlijke brief ook af aan een Amerikaanse holebi & transgender rechtenorganisatie om bij te dragen aan de campagne 'Born Perfect', die oproept om wordt hetero therapieën te verbieden. In verschillende Amerikaanse staten is er sinds de laatste twee jaar een wettelijk verbod gekomen op het geven van zulke therapieën aan minderjarigen. Deze therapieën komen wereldwijd voor, ook in Europa.


Conversion Therapy, also known as reparative therapy, ex-gay therapy, or sexual orientation change efforts (SOCE), professes to help lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to change or overcome their sexual orientation or gender identity. The majority of those who practice this therapy often do so with little or no formal psychological training, operating instead from a strict religious perspective, believing homosexuality to be a sin.

At one time, we were not or programs, we were the founders, the leaders, and the promoters. Together we represent more than half a century of experience, so few people are more knowledgeable about the ineffectiveness and harm of conversion therapy. We know first-hand the terrible emotional and spiritual damage it can cause, especially for LGBT youth. We once believed that there was something morally wrong and psychologically broken about being LGBT. We know better now.

We once believed that sexual orientation or gender identity were somehow chosen or could be changed. We know better now. We once thought it was impossible to embrace our sexual orientation or sexual identity as an intrinsic, healthy part of who we are and who we were created to be. We know better now. Looking back, we were just believing (and sometimes teaching) what we had been taughtthat our identity needed mending. We grew up being told that being LGBT was disordered, sick, mentally ill, sinful, and displeasing to God. We grew up being told that loving, same-sex relationships were shallow, lust-driven, deceived, disordered, and impossible.

We grew up with the repetitive message that LGBT people were not enough not straight enough, not Christian enough, not manly or womanly enough, not faithful enough, not praying enough. Never, ever enough. Toxic probably sums it up best. That message is poison to the soul. Especially a child's soul. It can take a lifetime to get rid of that old programming and replace it with healthy, non-toxic views of yourself. Recovery from conversion therapy is difficult at best. Some remain forever scarred, emotionally and spiritually.

Conversion therapy reinforces internalized homophobia, anxiety, guilt and depression. It leads to self-loathing and emotional and psychological harm when change doesn't happen. Regrettably, too many will choose suicide as a result of their sense of failure. In light of this, we now stand united in our conviction that conversion therapy is not therapy, but is instead both ineffective and harmful.

We align ourselves with every major mainstream professional medical and mental health organization in denouncing attempts to change sexual orientation or gender identity. We admonish parents to love and accept your LGBT children as they are. We beseech the church to accept, embrace, and affirm LGBT persons with full equality and inclusion.

As former ex-gay leaders, having witnessed the incredible harm done to those who attempted to change their sexual orientation or gender identity, we join together in calling for a ban on conversion therapy. It is our firm belief that it is much more productive to support, counsel, and mentor LGBT individuals to embrace who they are in order to live happy, well-adjusted lives. We fully support the aim of #BornPerfect to bring an end to conversion therapy.

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

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

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

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

Jeremy Marks
Founder (1988 - 2000)
Courage UK
Exodus Europe (1988 - 1989)

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

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

Yvette Cantu Schneider
Executive Director (2001-2005) Living in Victory Ministry Director of Women's Ministry (2008-2011)
Exodus International

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

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