But Linden, who founded the Grace In Action ministry five years ago to counsel gay people who want to be straight, said the reason she felt that way was not because she opposes the idea that sexual orientation can be changed. Instead, she was hopeful because she sensed "God's hands at work," she said, and saw an opportunity for her own group to grow and offer its services. The shuttering of the Orlando, Fla. But some churches, independent ministries and counseling services affiliated with the group, such as Linden's, are pledging to stay afloat, albeit without the "Exodus" name.
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The board of the Florida-based Christian ministry, which has grown to include more than local U. Chambers also issued a series of apologies to the LGBTQ community for promoting reparative therapy and for failing to stand up to fellow Christians who persecuted gay individuals. Related: Although discredited, gay conversion therapy remains an option for minors. The shutdown comes six years after three former Exodus leaders apologized and left the organization. In , former Exodus co-founder Michael Bussee, former president of Exodus International Europe Jeremy Marks, and the former director of an Exodus referral agency Darlene Bogle issued a joint statement acknowledging the harm reparative therapy caused:. This is the right kind of reparative work that is left for them to do. The organization announced it would close during its annual Freedom Conference in southern California.
A searchable database of the laws, people, organizations, and litigation involved in sexual and reproductive health and justice in the United States. A few weeks back, I included a piece in my sexual health roundup about a psychiatrist who apologized for his role in advancing conversion therapy. In the seventies, Dr. Robert Spitzer was part of the American Psychiatric Association panel that ruled that homosexuality was not a mental disorder as it had been categorized up until that point.
Chambers told the New York Times in July that there is no cure for homosexuality and that such therapy offered false hope. Allen, who worked with Chambers as a church network coordinator, later became a pastor in Denver. He lost that job once he revealed that he is gay. LAPD finds no evidence of Hollywood shooting threat. Exodus ministry to shut down after apology to gay community.