Posted in Uncategorized, tagged Alan Chambers, Andrew Marin, anne paulk, Apology, beyond ex-gay, celibacy, ex-gay, John Smid, restored hope network, side b on June 27, 2013|
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It has been a week since Alan Chambers publicly apologized and announced the closing of Exodus. So much can happen in one week. As I stood in front of the Supreme Court yesterday in the sweltering DC sun, the news of DOMA and Prop 8 easily overshadowed last week’s news of an apology and closing from Exodus. So much to process.
Many have asked me for my opinion about Alan Chamber’s apology and the possible next moves he and his new organization will make. Many are rightly concerned and suspicious. What do we do with someone who has been our enemy when he suddenly says he no longer is? He’s not yet an ally, and he’s not an opponent. Or is he? As the Culture War around LGBTQ rights shifts, we need to figure out how to respond to our former oppressors, some of whom say they have changed their oppressive ways.
In this week’s Queer and Queerer podcast Zack Ford asks me to respond to all of the recent movement at Exodus. What might it mean? What should the new organization do and what should they not do? What are the risks? What roles have ex-gay survivors taken to bring about change? What roles still exist for us? What about celibacy and the “Side B” gay Christian debate. We talk about all this and much more in our 40 minute podcast. If you care about these issues and want to get beyond the headlines, have a listen.
Also, read about my own response to John Smid, the former ex-gay leader, when he offered me a personal apology, This is What an Apology Looks Like
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Posted in Uncategorized, tagged activism, Ahmed Saad, Andrew Marin, bisexual, Christian, Egypt, Erotic Poem, gay, HRC, lesbian, Queer and Queerer, Robyn Ochs, Tony Campolo, transgender, Walt Whitman, Zack Ford on January 26, 2011|
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Alright, so we admit we have an agenda, but what is it? Lots of people, like straight pastors and well-funded Glb(t) political operatives, think they know. Zack and Peterson try to suss out who sets the agenda and what it happens to be today. What are the bars by which we measure the success of the LGBTQ movement? We also talk about folks who are trying to bridge gaps, but might just be helping to maintain them. From Egypt to Hollywood to Washington, D.C., we look at who is shaping the agenda and chime in with our hopes and concerns.
Episode 38 of Queer and Queerer
Here’s some more information about what we talked about this week:
Tony Campolo preaching
Andrew Marin preaching
Ahmed Saad's Book
» This week’s erotic poem: “A Glimpse,” by Walt Whitman.
» HRC’s Trans Job Campaign in Massachusetts
» Egyptian “Gay Rights Activist,” or Ex-Gay Proponent?
» Discussion about Andrew Marin:
Belmont May Change Actions Toward Gay Groups
FriendlyAtheist: “I’m Sorry” Is Not Enough for the Gay Community
» The Second LGBT General Assembly (Facebook Event) – (Saturday, January 20)
» Creating Change in Minneapolis! It’s not too late to register! – (February 2-6)
» A Night with Robyn Ochs at Bucknell University – (Tuesday, February 15)
» See Peterson at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX (February 28-March 1)
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