Are these supposedly “ex-gays” trying to convince others or, … themselves?

Freedom March Los Angeles

Freedom March Los Angeles, November 4, 2018. According to Charisma, “Participant M.J .Nixon, founder of Uprooted Heart Inc., says the group released the sound of freedom that will forever impact the city.”

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Sunday was the so-called Freedom March in Los Angeles. This is a come-to-Jesus-pray-away-the-gay staple and it looks like fives of people showed up. Apparently they generated about the same level of interest that they had last May:

Freedom March DC, May, 2018

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Organizer Jeffrey McCall looks like he doesn’t have a pot to piss him which raises the question:

Who is bankrolling this idiocy?

What we know to a reasonable certainty:

  1. People cannot alter their sexuality through prayer and;
  2. Conversion therapy through prayer or other counseling exists only to justify discrimination and to oppose nondiscrimination laws and;
  3. There is no evidence that this is either effective or harmless.

If someone is willing to fund this futile endeavor why don’t they, in conjunction with all of the religious groups who rely on conversion therapy, invest in some research to provide evidence of real converts; gay to straight and transgender to cisgender?

Recently, Peter Sprigg of Family Research Council made a half-assed attempt to suggest that research already exists. It was a rather feeble effort. Family Research Council is a hate group. Its leaders rely on conversion therapy mythology to advance their agenda of hostility and loathing.

These groups do not invest in their own research because they know that it will only prove that conversion therapy is neither safe nor effective. The fundamental tool of pray-away-the-gay is religious shaming.

Every person pictured above is still gay or still bi or still suffering from gender dysphoria.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.