This American Life to feature John Smid, former director of the nation’s largest and oldest ex-gay program Love In Action

Daniel Gonzales

April 9th, 2012

Here’s the preview of next week’s show that appeared at the very end of this week’s broadcast.

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At first I didn’t recognize the voice but John’s billboard story appears on his website here.

To be clear this episode will air the weekend of April 13th (exact date/time varies by your local NPR affiliate).


April 9th, 2012

Oh, that’s definitely him. I say that as a “graduate” of Love In Action.


April 9th, 2012

Well if you graduated that means you passed most of your classes with passing grades, right?


April 9th, 2012

Is ‘Love in Action’ the same as ‘Church of the Open Door’ in San Rafael, California? I remember calling them back in the early 80’s when I was just coming out and struggling with being gay.

Timothy Kincaid

April 9th, 2012

Ben, they started in San Rafael and at some point moved their inpatient treatment to Memphis, if I recall correctly.


April 10th, 2012

I am about half way through a book on the outfit in California. It was a doctoral thesis and truthfully reads more like a doctoral thesis than a book. I put it down a couple months ago, I really should pick it up again and finish it. I bought it on Amazon as an e-book, it was real inexpensive around 9 bucks i think.

That church “Church of the Open Door” is mentioned quite a bit in the book,-Straight To Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement.

I don’t have a Kindle but Amazon has a free app you can download and read Kindle Books on your computer or iPad.

John Smid

April 18th, 2012

Yes, This American Life, facilitated over 6 hours of recorded interviews with me personally, and other interviews with Morgan Jon Fox.

Love In Action was developed in 1973 and a couple of years later became affiliated with “Church of the Open Door” in San Rafael, CA.

The only official affiliation that Love In Action had with Church of the Open Door was that the ministry founder, Frank Worthen, was an “Elder” at Church of the Open Door and continues to be one there as far as I know, today.

In 1994 under my direction, Love In Action moved to Memphis, TN.

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