What is ex-gay, reparative & conversion “therapy”?

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For over four decades, ex-gay, reparative, and conversion “therapy” organisations have preached a ‘change is possible’ message which has damaged many people psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually.

There has been a steady decline in the impact and number of organizations, particularly in Australia and New Zealand. Exodus International, the world’s largest ex-gay organisation, closed its doors in 2013.

President Alan Chambers admitted at a gay Christian conference that no one had actually changed their orientation and apologised for the harm they had caused.

Since 2000, Anthony Venn-Brown has monitored conversion therapy activities in Australia and overseas, challenged false claims made by individuals and organisations, and spoken out about the dangers.

Access a complete summary of activities with a timeline and helpful links.

ABC Hungry Beast looks at Conversion Therapy

Three men with three very different stories and experiences of ex-gay, reparative, or what has become known as conversion therapy on ABC’s Hungry Beast.

Meet comedian and Gay Conversion School Drop Out Anthony Menchetti, author and gay Christian advocate Anthony Venn-Brown and former leader of Liberty Christian Ministries, Haydn Sennitt.

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PowerPoint presentation is an overview of gay conversion therapy:

  • History of the ex-gay/reparative/conversion therapy movement
  • Evolution of the ex-gay/reparative/conversion therapy movement
  • Who seeks ex-gay/reparative/conversion therapy programs
  • Ex-gay/reparative/conversion therapy Methodologies
  • Differences Between US and Australian ex-gay/reparative/conversion therapy Ministries
  • Mental Health Professional Statements about reparative therapies
  • Why ex-gay/reparative/conversion therapy Ministries in Decline?
  • Testimonials You Won’t Read on an ‘Ex-gay’ website of those who once struggled with ‘unwanted same-sex attraction’.

The following was presented at the Sydney Freedom2b monthly chapter meeting in November 2010.