Marla Jo Fisher has another great story in the Orange County Register about competing conferences to being held in Orange County.Ã‚Â One Conference is the annual Exodus “Freedom Conference”Ã‚Â will be heldÃ‚Â at Concordia University June 26 to July 1.Ã‚Â The other, “The Survivor’s Conference: Beyond Ex-gay” will be held at UCI from JuneÃ‚Â 29 to July 1.
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Ex-gay or just exploited?
Dueling conferences this month in Irvine explore whether homosexuals can go straight.
By MARLA JO FISHER
The Orange County Register
IRVINE- The commercial airing on Christian talk radio promises “sudden, radical, complete change. Through Christ, freedom is possible for those who struggle with same-gender attraction.”
The radio spot is advertising the Exodus International conference this month in Irvine, where evangelical Christian ministers pledge to help reform gays and lesbians into living the straight life.
The controversial topic has attracted picketing by gay rights groups during Exodus’ annual conferences in the past. This year, activists are doing something different: They are holding a competing conference the same weekend, a mile away at UC Irvine.
“This time, we decided instead of having a protest, why not just have an alternative conference?” said Michael Bussee, a co-founder of the Exodus movement who later recanted and now lives as a gay man.