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  • Sue G
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    Hi Genevieve,
    Thanks for sharing your story. You’ve been through so much pain, which could have been avoided with greater understanding and acceptance from your wife, psychologist and church community. I’m sorry that you’ve been prevented from parenting your children and hope that they may develop a relationship with you in the future. We all dream of the day when diversity in all people is celebrated and valued. I wish you well in your transition and hope you continue to enjoy living as your true and honest self.
    Sue

    Sue G
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    in reply to: Hidden Agenda #4214

    The only way forward is to attend churches which accept LGBTIQ people, celibate or not! MCC, some Uniting Churches (e.g., Pitt Street) and the Quakers are all accepting and affirming.

    Sue G
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    Hi Jim, your story is amazing. It’s wonderful that you have been able to find inner peace after all those years of silent suffering. I identify very much with the “cognitive dissonance” you described. All the best in your work with Silent Gays. I have sent an email. I hope I can help in some way. Sue G x

    Sue G
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    Wow, amazing story, Craig. You must have great internal fortitude to be able to leave at such a young age. It’s criminal, the way such cults brainwash young people and make them feel terrible. It happened to me, too.Thanks for sharing.

    Sue G
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    Apcarey, my heart goes out to you. I hope you find a church or community group which affirms you. If you live in city, try MCC or the Quakers. Some Uniting churches in Australia are gay-supportive, e.g., Pitt Street and South Sydney.Good luck on your journey. Sue G x

    Sue G
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    Thanks for your reply, RainbowChild. It’s great to be able to live and love “in the light”!

    Sue G
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    Wow, Jason, What an amazing story. It must have been so horrible, being subjected to that type of psychological torture: especially damaging at such a vulnerable age. You must have great inner strength and fortitude to have survived all that and come out to live as your true self. It’s wonderful that your parents finally did come over to support you, and that gay reparation therapy has been outlawed in your state. PFLAG groups all over the world need to be made aware of the damage done by gay conversion therapy. All the best to you and your partner. Sue G.x

    Sue G
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    Hi Baz, Thanks for sharing your story. I too experienced this sort of right-wing Christian Fundamentalist conversion treatment when I was young: especially at University and in the Bundeena/Moombara Christian Community (cult). Some of my friends at High School were involved with YWAM but fortunately,I didn’t. The Pentecostal camps and Bundeena were more than enough to brainwash me as to how evil and sinful I was! Thankfully gay conversion “treatment” is not as common these days, but we all need to work to make sure young people are not subjected to it in churches or indeed, in any other situation. All the best to you. Sue G.

    Sue G
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    in reply to: Gay and Happy #4134

    Hi, Helen,
    Great to read your story. I can really relate to it, although I haven’t been involved with the Exodus Foundation, fortunately. Bundeena/Moombara Christian Community did the damage for me, similarly to Anthony Venn-Brown. I only realised it this year, which is the 40 year anniversary of my wedding to a man. I have been living freely as a lesbian since 1986 and am now an atheist. All the best of luck to you and your partner.
    Sue

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