Queer Action Coalition

Wednesday, July 27, 2005


TONIGHT ON The Paula Zahn Show.... 8pm eastern...7pm Memphis time.

"Your child says he or she is gay. Now there’s a camp that says it can set these kids straight. Would you put your child through this? Tune in at 8 p.m. ET. "


Tomorrow morning Good Morning America will air a piece at 8am Eastern Time

  • More info on this should be available HERE tomorrow.

Feel free to comment here about your views of both broadcasts.


  • I have my TiVo set up for both. I hope the reporting goes well for us...

    By Anonymous mudd, at 4:43 PM  

  • I just saw the CNN clip. I was disappointed. There was more air time favoring LIA/R than the opposition to it. The segment trotted out two graduates of LIA--one 'successful', one not. The 'success' story, Ben M., is the same person whose picture is on the Refuge website. His story got the bulk of airtime. Brandon T. got very little.

    By Anonymous mudd, at 5:44 PM  

  • I found it wierd
    CNN has a faily balanced view, but slightly leaning towards a positive LIA point of view. It was wierd, because the "success storys" didnt seem to definatively say "this program made me straighter than... well - someone who's str8... maybe George W Bush." They both stated something to the effect of "hey - I dont attatch myself to 'gay' and 'promiscuity' anymore. I dont use it as a ploy for attention or let it define who I am" (one however did add a whole "I will defend it as part of who I am though")
    I also found it quite humorous that they referred to a psychologist noted that he wrote something about psychoanalysis (not saying if he believed or dismissed Freud or anything... just attributed Freud to him).
    All-in-all usually (and hopefully) people who normaly watch CNN will tear the story apart and figure out what is truth, what is slightly dramatised (or said that was fake), and perhaps look for Zach Stark's Blog... it's not too difficult to find.

    By Blogger Will "Buddy", at 8:58 PM  

  • I did not view the CNN piece as being that balanced. The sequencing of the clips in the article was designed to make the opposition the weaker voice. It lead with Rev. Smid and the poster child and family from Refuge site. Ben M explains how successful the program was for him. The piece whitewashes the methods used by LIA without giving any details--only faith-based things like prayer and bible study. Then a only few words from a dissenting expert about the dangers. The problem is that the dangers are framed to imply that faith itself is the danger. Then a small entry from Brandon T, a graduate who was not converted. Before returning to Ben M to close the segment, there is a only brief mention of the state investigation; which, of course, LIA is confident it can overcome. The entries from Zach about his mental state before and possibility after the program are then promptly shot down by Ben M., thus negating the opposition.

    I am not confident that the average person will see a need to tear the story apart. Not enough seeds of doubt were present...

    By Anonymous mudd, at 9:46 PM  

  • I just watched my TiVo recording of Good Morning America. I was really impressed by how Brandon handled himself.

    I'm the director of a gay-affirming Christian ministry, Gay Christian Outreach, and I'd love to talk further with Brandon about some things.

    I can be reached via my own blog or e-mail at brandon@gcoministries.net

    By Blogger Brandon, at 7:49 AM  

  • I found it outrageous and a travesty. And people should complain to both CNN and the Paula Zahn show. . .this seemed to me to be pandering in the worst manner.

    On the CNN Paula Zahn show web site, this is how they describe the purpose of her program:

    "Paula Zahn NOW" offers a chance to hear from people who matter, talking about the most pressing, most relevant and most essential topics of the day. Every night Paula tackles politics, justice, entertainment, business or health, with a line-up of contributors who are among the smartest and most intriguing people in their fields. On "Paula Zahn NOW", the most challenging questions will not only be asked -- they'll be answered.

    Did anyone see any "experts" on this segment? By the end of it, I was waiting for Paula to announce CNN was making a contribution to LIA.

    By Anonymous Kevin, at 8:22 AM  

  • YES. GOOD MORNING AMERICA WAS AMAZING. Brandon is so wonderul, and the show over all was very very well put together.

    By Blogger morgan.jon.fox, at 10:49 AM  

  • Greetings friends,
    My name is Justin Cannon and I am the founder of TruthSetsFree.net, an outreach ministry to gay and lesbian Christians. If anyone needs to chat you can email me through my site.

    Peace in Christ,
    Justin Cannon

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:10 PM  

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