Queer and Queerer Ep. 55 – Ex-Gays in the Media

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This week, Zack and Peterson continue the conversation about ex-gay therapy in the media — in particular, the NPR story that featured Peterson. But though some media portrayals still aren’t getting the message right, a new film paints a better picture. This Is What Love In Action Looks Like follows the story of Zach Stark, the 16-year-old who was forced into Love In Action’s Refuge program by his parents and provided detailed accounts of its rules and “therapies” on his MySpace. By showing how harmful ex-gay therapy can be, this film creates a new opportunity to educate the public on the harms of ex-gay therapy.

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Here’s some more information about what we talked about this week:

» TP: NPR Misrepresents Ex-Gay Therapy As ‘Controversial’ And Still Up For ‘Debate’
» TP: NPR’s Featured ‘Ex-Gay’ Guest Commits Over $200,000 To Dangerous, Unscientific Ex-Gay ‘Coachings’
» PT: Ex-Gay on NPR. Wrong question & Things unmentioned
» TP: Ten Things NPR Got Wrong Defending The Falsely Balanced Ex-Gay Story

» TP: Profiting Off Stigma: Janet Boynes, Bachmann’s Ex-Gay, Anti-Gay Superstar

» Ex-Gay Watch: Review: This Is What Love in Action Looks Like (Includes Upcoming Screening Dates)

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  • Chance says:

    Peterson is so cute. I’m so glad to get to hear this!

    • ZackFord says:

      Umm… totally right here.

    • Elmira says:

      I know how that feels (I mean, hey, I’m back at my parents’ so I don’t get screwed financially in pursuit of my &#smd0;2rea28”). I agree with Marco that for the mean time, I think the best option is to find work that you don’t mind doing even if it’s not your dream job. Preferably something that’s kind of related, fingers crossed. I know STATUS magazine is always looking for staffwriters, and while I’m dubious salary-wise…I see it as kind of a stepping stone. I remember Rowena started writing for magazines after submitting some well-written online articles so it’s not impossible. 🙂 Good luck, Lauren!

  • Jacob Woods says:

    If you don’t have time to tell a good story, don’t tell it! Yay! I now have motivation to continue writing my own book! Hooray! Definitely not rushing it!

    The trans analogy to ex gay is agreeably completely absurd! The biological and psychological methods and effects work completely separately! One for the better, and one, 99% of the time for the worse! The reason I say 99% is because there are some instances out there where some people become sexually attracted to their abusers profile. I heard about one just recently where an abused man had gone to seek professional therapy for his abuse, and at the end of his therapy, which was completely unrelated to ex gay therapy or reparative therapy, he had actually turned over his sexual attractions from the same sex to the opposite. But this is because he was becoming attracted to his abusers who were male. (Sometimes this does happen, sometimes it does not. It depends on what is truly going on in your head! And either outcome is fine as long as you are happy with yourself!)

    Great cast, I look forward to seeing a showing of the film/documentary. I was not aware of this story. I don’t turn on the news much because I find it horridly depressing. So good to hear a great story is traveling the nation.

  • Shirley says:

    Zack, you are cute too x

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