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“Can Someone Become Ex-Gay?”
Come hear Chris Camp, an Ex-Ex-Gay, who’s been there and back.
PFLAG Columbia-Howard County Announces the September 11th, 2007 meeting at 7:30PM in the Owen Brown Interfaith Center.
This month’s topic is the controversial Ex-Gay movement being promoted by conservative (mostly religious) groups who sincerely believe that someone’s sexual orientation can be changed from GLBT to “straight.” This implies that sexual orientation is a choice. The idea that sexual orientation is a “choice” is a fundamental argument used by the conservative religious right to label GLBT people as “sinners” and to deny gays and lesbians the right to civil marriage and hate crime protections under the law.
Our Speaker, Chris Camp, was part of the Ex-Gay Movement for a number of years. He is currently a mental health professional working for the State of Maryland. In his spare time he is part of the Ex-Ex-Gay movement (Truth Wins Out) that seeks to educate people on whether these reparative conversion therapies are helpful or hurtful, especially to young people. A devout Christian, Chris once wrote, “Many [of his friends from ex-gay groups] were so unhappy about not being able to change their orientation that they committed suicide. Some lived double lives; they lived one life publicly as heterosexuals, with wives and children, active in church, seminary or Bible College; they maintained a second, secret life as closeted homosexuals.”
This is an important program on a critical topic. Please don’t miss it. There will be a chance for discussion after Chris’ presentation. Please visit the Truth Wins Out website for more information.
About PFLAG Columbia-Howard County:
The mission of PFLAG Columbia/Howard County is to support parents of gay children. We also welcome all people, gay, straight, bisexual or transgendered, as well as their families and friends. Together, we support each other, educate the broader community, and advocate for equality. All meetings are confidential, free and open to everyone. Our chapter’s website and directions to Owen Brown Interfaith Center
PFLAG promotes the health and well being of gay, lesbian, and bisexual persons, their families and friends through:
- Support – to cope with an adverse society
- Education – to enlighten an ill-informed public
- Advocacy – to end discrimination and to secure equal civil rights
PFLAG provides opportunity for dialogue about sexual orientation and acts to create a society that is healthy and respectful of human diversity. Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is the nation’s
foremost family-based organization committed to the civil rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender persons. Founded in 1973 by mothers and fathers, PFLAG has 200,000 members and supporters in more than 500 chapters throughout the United States. To learn more, please visit www.pflag.org.