Queer Action Coalition

Saturday, June 11, 2005

A FORMER CLIENT OF "LOVE IN ACTION" TALKS

We spoke today with someone who was a client of "Love in Action" three years ago.
He is now a happily "out" christian, who understands that it is ok to be a homosexual and a christian, and live a healthy life.

He told us about the program, and described some very horrific things that took place while he was apart of it.
These things included "shaming sessions", where the clients have to, once a day, describe in emotional detail "sinful activities" they'd partaken in...these sessions were then extended to having to describe these things in front of 50 or 60 people on "friends and family" nights, where the family was encouraged to shame them, not be supportive.

He also verififed that most of the staff of LIA are not certified to do any sort of therapy, and that he knows several former clients who've all left the program and since come out as as gay, who feel the program is emotionally damaging, and/or ineffective. He also infomred us that the program offered him no alternatives when he left, referred him no where else and only mentioned that they were there if he needed thiem.

He said that the one reason he was glad he went through it was because he probably wouldn't be "out" otherwise.

More to come on this, including a posted interview soon.

8 Comments:

  • HA HA!!! "wouldn't be out otherwise!!!" Good for him!

    By Blogger Pieces of Dead, at 4:26 PM  

  • Here's another link you might want to check out, guys.

    http://www.exgaywatch.com/blog/index.html

    By Anonymous Carly Crawford, at 4:29 PM  

  • I'm a contributing author at the above link, ExGayWatch.com and yes, after examining the staff bios of LoveInAction.com it appears only two people have degrees in counseling related fields. A third individual is some sort of licensed substance abuse councilor.

    By Anonymous Daniel Gonzales, at 4:48 PM  

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    By Blogger Zoe, at 10:06 PM  

  • how could bringing shame to someone motivate them to change?

    the more i read about this place, the more it makes me physically sick.

    i can't wait for monday's protest. i hope it goes amazingly well.

    this blog was a great idea, by the way.

    By Blogger Zoe, at 10:08 PM  

  • I just want to say that im with everyone that is going through that in my prayers and that I feel that this is the most sinful thing that can ever happen. Do christians not claim not to judge others and to treat others the way they would wish to be treated? The people running this program are NOT true christians.

    If anyone needs any support email me at Xanthinez@gmail.com

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:25 AM  

  • Keep up the good work. I have been working with gay men in the 40's and older for years now, people that have been shamed and told God does not want them. These organizations have destroyed many lives and need to be exposed.

    By Blogger Rick Barnes, at 11:38 AM  

  • I'm assuming you are aware of Peterson Toscano of www.homonomo.com? He does a one-man play about his time at LIA. He also has a blog at a_musing.blogspot.com. This might be who you were referring to anyway. Not sure.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:48 PM  

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