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02/27/2006

Ex-Gay-Apalooza Goes Down in St. Louis

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According to reports, about 1500 "ex-gays" and friends of such gathered at the "Love Won Out" conference in St. Louis to pat one another on the back, shout "Amen", listen to speakers tell them they can be cured of homosexuality, and then sneak out to the gay bars later.

Rob Thurman offers a very vivid report from the proceedings:

When you’re sitting in an auditorium filled with a thousand true-believers who shout Amen! on cue, it’s not that hard to believe that someone will readily renounce homosexuality. It’s even more believable when armed deputies are patrolling the perimeter of the room. I counted eight throughout the course of the day.

Truly, Bible thumping might deter some manly pumping...but drama...well, it sure as shit ain’t cured by reading Leviticus. They might not be gay anymore, but some old-school-trained ex-queens were holding court yesterday.

I have never seen such a spectacle. There were sermons filled with tears, laughter was pealing from the pews, hands were outstretched in pious praise, folks were talking in tongues and there were all sorts of holy-rolling, hetero-extolling, homos-gotta-get-going testimonies and jubilatory messages of redemption and salvation.

Rob also comments on the billboard at the top of this post, which was altered by protestors of the conference, and I agree with him: "As much as I disagree with Focus on the Family – I do believe they have every right to assemble in public – and to assemble in peace. And I have every right to attend that trifling meeting and decide for myself if their reeducation process is religious expression or a crock of self-hating, white people bullshit."

Love_won_out_protestPam at Pam's House Blend has another report on the proceedings from a woman named Nancy who helped organize a protest of the event. She reports: "The event was like Pride with a wind chill of 5 above zero. People were incredibly cheerful, despite the 30 degree weather with winds up to 30 mph. Also the hour - we wanted big turnout when people were coming and going from the conference. Consequently, some 500 people showed up at the 6:30 AM rally on a Saturday morning on Mardi Gras weekend, a fine turnout. The afternoon (4:00PM) session was less well attended, with perhaps 150 at the peak, and weather was still tough."

Additional photos of the protest can be found here.

Incidentally, James Dobson, leader of Focus on the Family and the organizer of Love Won Out, has come under fire from fellow Wingnuts recently for supporting Colorado legislation that would give same-sex couples limited legal protections like property transfers and hospital visits. Dobson's beef, he says, is with the word "marriage" and he says he believes in equality under the law but doesn't want to redefine that sacrosanct institution.

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  1. "self-hating, white people bullshit"

    Bullshit is bullshit in any shade of the rainbow.

    Posted by: Ed Sikov | Feb 27, 2006 5:26:49 PM


  2. There is a Light that shines beyond all things on earth, beyond us all, beyond the heavens, beyond the highest, the very highest heavens. This is the Light that shines in our heart.

    CHANDOGYA UPANISHAD

    Posted by: ricardo | Feb 27, 2006 6:07:03 PM


  3. My own experience states that every single last one of those ex-gays was in a hotel room sucking cock after the meeting

    I can not even tell you how many ex-gays have hit on me....and after the deed pulled out a bible and handed me a pamphlet extoling their group

    It is absolutely pitiful.............

    Posted by: Jimmyboyo | Feb 27, 2006 6:33:28 PM


  4. PS

    i highly recomend a reporter in st. louis calling the local gay escort services and ask them if their "sales" went up during the group visit

    In washington DC...every single gay escort service will tell you their best best best days of the year are when the religous right comes to town for their big religion/politics meetings (and every single call comes fromt he hotel they are meeting at)

    so pitiful and sad

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Feb 27, 2006 6:35:28 PM


  5. The antigay INDUSTRY is alive and doing very well. Each of the 1700 [according to organizers] paid $50-$60 each to attend. So Dobson and his theocratic brown shirts sucked upwards of $100,000. And this is the 37th such conference they've done, though this, per they, was the best attended. People "from 28 states."

    Posted by: Jim | Feb 27, 2006 8:39:46 PM


  6. Dobson is a liar. He has built his multimillion dollar empire on generating and cultivating homophobia. Any move to a softer position is entirely Machiavellian. Anything by "marriage" is NOT equal under the law, and here's a typical Focus on the Family response to efforts to enforce non-bullying of gay kids in public schools:
    "GLSEN has achieved stunning progress over the past six years in our public schools by shifting the debate away from parent authority to sexual orientation, student safety, equal access, and anti-discrimination."

    Posted by: Leland | Feb 27, 2006 8:48:36 PM


  7. I'm an ex-gay, I EX-pect to be having sEX with men the rest of my life! Ah-men!

    Posted by: dave | Feb 27, 2006 10:12:39 PM


  8. ROFLMA Dave

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Feb 27, 2006 10:27:49 PM


  9. Both the gay movement and the “ex-gay” movement are fascist to the core. Rather than promote sexuality society promotes labels and repression. It is natural and normal for humans to have a fluid sexuality. I have seen so much fascism in the gay movement and in the “Christian” anti-gay movement that I am convinced that they are on the same side. Everyone reading this should go both ways and try freedom for a change.

    Posted by: Christian__Peper | Jul 24, 2007 11:29:04 PM


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