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Video of 2007 Ex-Gay Survivor’s Conference

Jim Burroway

November 13th, 2007

Filmmaker Brian Murphy has just posted a wonderfully produced video of last summer’s Ex-gay Survivor’s Conference held in Irvine, Califormia. The thing that struck me while watching this video is the balanced representation of views at the conference. Alan Chambers dismissed the conference as a “protest” against the ex-gay movement, but in reality the conference wasn’t that at all. Pay attention to the “chalk talk” portion of the video. You’ll find positive expressions of experiences in the ex-gay movement mixed in with the negatives and harms.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6813300738108451537

This video reminds me that there are stories to be told on both sides of the issue. I had the privilege of speaking to strugglers at the 2007 Exodus Conference as well as speaking to ex-ex-gays at the Survivor’s conference. There are very poignant stories on both sides. The zero-sum game played by culture warriors has little to do with the people on the ground, and yet it ends up touching everyone all around anyway. Unfortunately, its the ordinary stories of ordinary people which gets lost in the shouting.

Hat tip: The lovely and talented Peterson Toscano.

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Peterson Toscano
November 13th, 2007 | LINK

Thanks Jim for posting this. Watching it brings back good memories and makes me wonder if we should do something in 2008. Well, should we?

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