First, a very brief bit of history. My experience with the Liberty Counsel goes back to 2002. My very first effort as an "ex-gay" leader to enter the public policy realm was attending a meeting they coordinated to oppose the local Orlando City non-discrimination ordinance. After that, I saw them in action plenty of times because at the time I was in agreement with them; I was willing to adapt my testimony to fit their talking points and agenda. I am heartbroken each time I remember being against the very community I am now in love with; against my very neighbors. As they say, now that I know better I intend to do better. The last I heard from … [Read more...] about Liberty Counsel And Kim Davis Now Exporting Fake Victimhood And Stigma
OUTside The Closet Door
Last week I had the honor of submitting testimony to the Miami-Dade Board of Commissioners recommending passage of a policy banning conversion therapy for minors. Unfortunately, they did not pass the ban, and LGBTQ+ youth will continue to be forced into abusive counseling that starts from a damaging and false premise that they are somehow broken. These youth deserve better and should receive counseling that is genuinely healthy in affirming them for who they are; counseling that will equip them to enter the future with healthy confidence, not closeted shame. As a result of the testimony I submitted and read by a new friend Joey McKinnon … [Read more...] about Equality Florida: “Former ‘Ex-Gay’ Leader Warns About The Dangers of So-Called ‘Conversion Therapy'”
As a senior attending Brentwood High School, we had one English teacher that loved to compare her red editing pen to an ax. She enjoyed chopping away at our essays and homework to "cut out all the deadwood." While her red pen nearly induced panic attacks when she handed our assignments back to us, I appreciated her wise counsel and teaching style. I only had her as a teacher for a little while before being transferred to another teacher (I forget why). I think her class sizes were far too large. Even though the new teacher was much easier, I missed Ms. Ax. She wasn't the nicest teacher, but she was the most helpful in explaining the … [Read more...] about Clearing The Way for New Growth
My new office! ::: Big Grin::: We are so close to announcing our new non-profit's name! We want to make sure all our ducks are in a row, and quacking, first. That said, I have pitched the organizational mission/vision/implementation ideas to several key folks. They have all been incredibly encouraging and supportive. Rev. Terri loved the idea of it so much she gave me this room at Joy Metropolitan Community Church to work out of. This was my first day to do so! It is the old youth room and a current makeshift storage area for the remodeling going on in another part of the church. I love it! We can play ping pong during brainstorming … [Read more...] about My New Office Is Amazing!
During Hurricane Irma's aftermath, I learned that an ex-gay/conversion ministry leader I used to work with is taking pre-orders for his self-published book. This leader created and distributed an in-house survey. This survey had no credible objectivity or scientific professionalism and was circulated to people who had been a part of his ministry in the past and present. Then he personally compiled the results of those who chose to respond (very much doubt many of those with a horrible experience answered) and is lauding them as proof that Jesus cures the gays. Keep in mind, this whole effort is self-created, self-directed, self-assessed, … [Read more...] about The Last Pedestal Falls