At the Naming Project in Minnesota, each gay kid attending the summer camp is told she is a “child of god.” And by looking into a mirror and then walking into the water, Lisa Ling shows us on OWN’s Our America, gay kids can have their sexuality and their faith! From the looks of things, this camp is the opposite of places like Ex-Gay Ministry and Journey Into Manhood, where young people are told they can change their sexuality by spending some time in the woods. Snd we all know what a crock of shit that is. “Everyone in this camp has heard many times over being gay is a sin, almost as though it was a broken record,” says the Rev. Jay Wiesner, pastoral director there, and who leads a congregation at University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation in Philadelphia. “Our hope is to be able to offer a place for kids to become at peace with you they are.” So long as they’re not being told, “And to graduate, you need to turn straight.” Which is what I thought I was going to see, given the title of Ling’s episode: “Pray the Gay Away?”
Now if you want to hear from ex-gay leaders, go here.