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Do you think you can “pray the gay away” or do you believe the horror stories of Gay Conversion Therapy? Countries around the world are trying to ban “Conversion Therapy” for minors. Wikipedia’s definition of conversion therapy is: “the pseudoscientific practice of trying to change an individual's sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual using psychological or spiritual interventions.” If there’s a God who has mandated that homosexuality is a sin, then shouldn’t that same God be able to help his creation, not sin? Or maybe it’s not a sin? Either way, should it be illegal for minors to take part in conversion therapy? Or as long as their guardians/parents approve, maybe “getting them while they’re young” is the best approach?
THIS WEEK ON PUB CRAWL:
- Former President of Exodus International (Gay Conversion Therapy)
Over the last 20 years, Alan has been a frequent guest on media outlets around the world including: The New York Times, The Atlantic Magazine, BBC, The Irish Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Huffington Post, TIME, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, Newsweek, ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, Nightline and World News Tonight, NBC’s Today and Nightly News, and multiple programs on MSNBC, CNN, HLN, and Fox. He and his wife, Leslie, have also been regularly featured guests on the OWN hit show, Our America with Lisa Ling. He has written for The Boston Globe, The Orlando Sentinel, Evangelism.Net, Religion News Service, and The Washington Post. He and his wife, Leslie, co-authored their memoir, My Exodus: From FEAR to GRACE. Once heralded as a hero in the Conservative Christian world as man who overcame his gay orientation, Charisma named Alan ‘One of the Top 30 Leaders Representing the Future of the American Church’ and World Magazine gave him their top honor, Daniel of the Year 2011, though both might now regret their choice because in June 2013 Alan shut down Exodus International and apologized for the harm he believes conservative Christianity has done to the LGBTQ+ community. Outreach Magazine named Alan’s first book, God’s Grace and the Homosexual Next Door, Outreach of the Year in 2007. Facebook Book
- Author of TORN: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate
In his book, TORN: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate, Justin Lee felt deeply torn when he was a teenager and young man. Nicknamed "God Boy" by his peers, he knew that he was called to a life in the evangelical Christian ministry. But Lee harbored a secret: He also knew that he was gay. In this groundbreaking book, Lee recalls the events--his coming out to his parents, his experiences with the "ex-gay" movement, and his in-depth study of the Bible--that led him, eventually, to self-acceptance. But more than just a memoir, TORN provides insightful, practical guidance for all committed Christians who wonder how to relate to gay friends or family members--or who struggle with their own sexuality. Convinced that "in a culture that sees gays and Christians as enemies, gay Christians are in a unique position to bring peace," Justin demonstrates that people of faith on both sides of the debate can respect, learn from, and love one another. His latest book is called Talking Across the Divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree With and Maybe Even Change the World. Justin is also known for founding the Gay Christian Network, which he ran from 2001 to 2017. www.geekyjustin.com
- Author of INHERITANCE OF SHAME
The Inheritance of Shame details the six years author Peter Gajdics spent in a form of conversion therapy that attempted to “cure” him of his homosexuality. Kept with other patients in a cult-like home in British Columbia, Canada, Gajdics was under the authority of a dominating, rogue psychiatrist who controlled his patients, in part, by creating and exploiting a false sense of family. Juxtaposed against his parents’ tormented past—his mother’s incarceration and escape from a communist concentration camp in post-World War II Yugoslavia, and his father’s upbringing as an orphan in war-torn Hungary—Gajdics’ story explores the universal themes of childhood trauma, oppression, and intergenerational pain. Told over a period of decades, the book shows us the damaging repercussions of conversion therapy and reminds us that resilience, compassion, and the courage to speak the truth exist within us all.
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