Forgiveness. It’s essential human concept, especially with regard to religion. And three ex-ex-gayers are hoping the world can find it in its collective heart to forgive them for their misguided, homophobic sins.
Michael Bussee (pictured), who helped found ex-gay organization Exodus, Jeremy Marks of Exodus International Europe and Paraklete Ministries’ Darlene Bogle appeared at Los Angeles’ gay center yesterday to apologize for perpetuating the ex-gay myth:
Some who heard our message were compelled to try to change an integral part of themselves, bringing harm to themselves and their families. Although we acted in good faith, we have since witnessed the isolation, shame, fear and loss of faith that this message creates.
The trinity also reminded people that it’s possible to be gay and Christian – a foreign concept for many struggling with their faith.
The public atonement comes as Exodus prepares for its annual “Freedom” Conference. In addition to yesterday’s appearance, Bussee – who left the movement to be with his lover, another ex-ex-gay – also released a number of videos explaining his evolution from closeted to ex-gay to proud gay man.
While Bussee and company condemn the movement, Exodus president Alan Chambers assured people,
Exodus is here for people who want an alternative to homosexuality. There are thousands of people like me who have overcome this. I think there’s room for more than one opinion on this subject, and giving people options isn’t dangerous.
Chambers has become a pariah in the movement, telling LA Times he can’t endorse the term “ex-gay,” for even the power of prayer can’t guarantee a life free of faggotry. Could it be the “Christian” movement’s beginning to crumble? We sure as hell hope so…