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Ex-Gay Study May Show 50% to 70% Failure Rate

Jim Burroway

September 10th, 2007

David Roberts at Ex-Gay Watch has heard some scuttlebutt about the recently announced ex-gay study to be released Sept 13:

We do not yet have anything to review, so we can only speculate on the methodology and validity of the information gathered. However, from what we have heard it seems likely that claims of 30-50% “change” will be made.

At least that’s the way the results will likely be presented by Exodus. In fact, this has been a common claim for years. But it seems odd to me to focus on the smaller numbers when the bigger story is that 50%-70% didn’t “change.” How much of their experiences will this study cover?

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Robguy
September 10th, 2007 | LINK

Even with a dubious 30-50% “success”, the concept is a tragic failure.

Liadan
September 10th, 2007 | LINK

I’d be interested in how they actually end up defining “change,” since that would mean putting a stop to all the “we aim for holiness, not heterosexuality!” waffling in one direction or another.

Lynn David
September 11th, 2007 | LINK

I’m wondering what the 100 person sample contained in terms of gender. If women were represented as they are in society (51%) or as they are in homosexuality (something around 35% or less). Then there’s that old bugaboo about what defines “change” in this new study.

If Alan Chambers had prior knowledge on the study then the 30% figure might be correct for those who “changed.”

Emproph
September 11th, 2007 | LINK

“we aim for holiness, not heterosexuality!”

Oh that’s right. The opposite of homosexuality isn’t heterosexuality, it’s holiness.

So shouldn’t ex-gays be calling themselves ex-evil?

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