The media in Australia seemed to miss the news and significance of the oldest and largest ex-gay/conversion/reparative therapy organisation shutting down after 37 years. The Sydney Morning Herald published a small article titled “Gay Cure Therapy will continue”. The article was poorly researched as evidenced by not only Alan’s age being misquoted (37 was how long Exodus had been in existence, not Alan’s age) but also comments from those the journalist had contacted. For example, Peter Stokes from the Salt Shakers saying ” “It’s very sad to see a good organisation being ripped apart by one individual.” If Mr Stokes had actually listened to the address that was available on the internet then he would have known this was not one individual (Alan Chambers) but an entire board decision laboured over for at least 12 months. The SMH article headline should have read “Gay cure’ therapy will continue ….(to disappear)”
Maybe I’d been too successful in creating my Secret Mission and people didn’t realise I was actually there. I was already blogging about events and my newsletters where keeping subscribers updated. I’m sure Mr Google could have helped a few Aussie journalists track down a reliable source for their story. Noel Debien, from the ABC Radio National did his homework and tracked me down in the hotel in West Hollywood. This interview aired a couple of days later.
A ministry to “ex-gays” closes down
Wednesday 26 June 2013 5:30PM (view full episode)
- Anthony Venn-Brown:Former evangelist, Assemblies of God church; author, A Life of Unlearning: a preacher’s struggle with his homosexuality, church and faith.
- Haydn Sennitt: Former Pastoral Worker for Liberty Christian Ministries
- Presenter: Noel Debien
- Producer: Noel Debien