Exodus International, Christian Backers of Gay "Conversion Therapy," Disbands, Apologizes

In a stunning statement, Exodus International, the Irvine-based Christian group that promoted therapy so gays and lesbians could overcome their sexual preferences, has reportedly closed its doors and apologized to homosexuals, acknowledging its mission had been hurtful and ignorant. A statement on Exodus International North America's website indicates it has ceased operations. Founded in 1976, it had claimed to be the oldest ministry dealing with homosexuality.

"I am sorry for the pain and hurt that many of you have experienced," President Alan Chambers said in a statement. "I am sorry some of you spent years working through the shame and guilt when your attractions didn't change. I am sorry we promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized parents."

He claimed he was part of a "system of ignorance."

Alan Chambers: no mas
The group had already been backing off from some of its most ignorant practices in recent years. In 2012, an Exodus International statement complained that the media wrongly characterized its methods as "conversion therapy," something California became the first state to ban last year as well.

Ross Murray, a GLAAD spokesman, called Exodus International's closing a welcome step, applauding Chambers' move away from "divisive and demonizing rhetoric." Murray hopes other Christians will get in line behind Chambers.

Exodus International has found its way onto OC Weekly pages (virtual and otherwise) for years, with our former web editor Janine Kahn doing a cover story on founder Michael Bussee evolving into one of the group's harshest critics.

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Although the gay and lesbian advocacy groups are graciously thanking "Chambers" for apologizing, are these advocacy groups so naive to think that Chambers is not in the business of changing people via religion?  What does a person's "sexual orientation" have to do with being a good person.  Oh, but supposedly the "Bible says".... a handy tool for religious business men to use to manipulate and abuse vulnerable people. Now Chambers, the "Exodus leader" (how arrogant is that!)  wants to reorganize and tap into to the business he lost due to his obsession to control and f-ck up others for decades.  And you think this entrenched indoctricated church  has "changed" to the benefit and the well being of others rather than itself. Sure,  it sounds nice and all that...but really???  Chambers, meet the RCC.LOL...the icon of apologetics and self-serving agendas.


I give them credit for admitting there mistakes and hopefully all the people that have been damaged by there ignorance will feel some vindication.

Mitchell_Young topcommenter

Funny how homosexuality is *the* one thing that is inborn, can't be changed, is set in stone. The stupidest kid can become a rocket scientist if he just tries hard enough. The social, uh, difficulties  that are so much higher (on average) among blacks are the product of 'culture' or 'upbringing' or the 'welfare state' or the 'legacy of stacy' -- definitely not inborn.

But homosexuality, that can't be changed, the desires can't be mitigated or worked around or nothing. Totally inborn. And someone who might, you know, actually want to try to deal with his or her feelings, in anything other than the approved 'go with it' way, is banned from pursuing that course by the state.

18usc241 topcommenter

I applaud this organization for having the courage to admit to what they believe was a mistake on their part; that goes a long way towards healing the victims. 

Now compare that to sociopaths who would rather flush the reputation of their nation down the toilet before they would apologize to one Hispanic man - even Bernard Madoff has more ethics. 


Mitch, are you saying that you can be convinced to be gay? Besides, why should a gay person want to stop being gay?

Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@BobLoblawsLawBlog  Here I was just pointing out a fundamental contradiction in the typical liberal/'progressive' Weltanschauung. 

"why should a gay person want to stop being gay"

Health, for one. Did you know that all three of the principles in the 'Bowers v. Texas' are now dead -- one in his 30s, one in his 40s, and one at 68? 


Nope, you were pointing out that you can be talked into having sex with a man.

Health? If being gay was healthier, you'd be willing to suck more dick?

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