Back in 2007 when Christine Bakke and I founded Beyond Ex-Gay we discussed how those of us who have been through reparative therapies and ex-gay ministries need an opportunity to put on the record what we did, why we did it, what were the outcomes. So many other people have told our stories for us, but in the act of sharing it for ourselves, we can get more clarity and get a little bit more beyond our often harmful experiences to alter our orientation or gender differences.
Over at the Beyond Ex-Gay site, you can now take a quick survey about your experiences. You can take it anonymously if you wish. I just took the survey myself last night, and found it easy to navigate and refreshingly freeing. Below is a description of the survey.
We’ve all heard the declarations that “thousands and thousands of people have been healed of their homosexuality.” Where do those numbers come from? At Beyond Ex-Gay (bXg) we know firsthand that the thousands who have attended ex-gay groups never “changed.” Worse yet, our ex-gay experiences caused us tremendous
harm. So to counter the rhetoric, we have created a new survey specifically for ex-gay survivors.
It’s short, and you can stay as anonymous as you’d like. If you can’t find answers that fit your experience, we provide plenty of empty boxes for you to express yourself as accurately as possible. Your willingness to be counted will ultimately stand in stark contrast to the misinformation that ex-gay promoters use to convince people that “change is possible” and harmless to pursue.
Did you try to suppress or change your sexual orientation or gender differences through an ex-gay ministry, reparative therapy, or on your own? Please take the survey.