Radical/Progressive Queer News and Commentary
from Memphis, Tennessee
Monday, February 18, 2008
De-Constructing the "Ex-Gay" Myth Conference
Beyond Ex-Gay is having an "ex-gay" survivors conference in Memphis this week (Feb. 22-24) featuring a number of events and workshops to counter Focus on the Family's anti-gay "Love Won Out" Conference. For more information and resources visit Deconstructing the Ex-Gay Myth: A Weekend of Action and Art It's good to see somebody organizing events to expose the truth about the "ex-gay" movement.
Personally, I don't have any problems with religious fanatics who want to repress their own homo-desire, but when they align themselves with political groups who oppose the civil rights of LGBT people, I have a problem. I believe many people are "bisexual" and should have the right to choose their own sexual preference and identity, and that includes those who want to choose a "straight" life. We should not, however, allow the anti-gay religious right to make the issue of choice the basis of our civil rights. People should have the right to choose their sexuality, just like they have the right to choose their religion. No one should be forced to "change" to suit other people's religious beliefs. And we should respect the rights of those who Choose to Be Gay!
One of the organizers of the conference, and one of the founders of Beyond Ex-gay, Peterson Tuscano has posted some videos about his experiences with Love in Action in Memphis.
Here's a preview of one of the films being shown at the conference, "This Is What Love in Action Looks Like"