- Hardcover: 340 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (October 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560234458
- ISBN-13: 978-1560234456
- Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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Anything but Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth 1st Edition
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Wayne has done and excellent job researching the ex-gay movement, history, programs and connections. He's read the materials, interviewed people, gone to meetings undercover to make sure he has all the facts. His work is extremely valuable. The homosexual debate has become much more than a religious issue and is now more complex since it has been politicized; often the key players being men with multi-million $$$$$ ministries with hidden agendas. Wayne helps us shift through the maze and get some clarity on what is really going on.
Having spent 22 years unsuccessfully trying to change my sexual orientation I know first hand, much of what he writes about. Therapy, counselling, exorcisms, 40 day fasts, months in an live-in ex-gay program and 16 years of marriage were just some of things I was told would help make me heterosexual. The result.......I'm still gay.......but at last happy about it....and realise that same sex attraction is no different to left handedness or red hair. It's just the way we are.......different but not abnormal.
In Australia, the ex-gay ministries lack funds, success stories, charismatic leaders and political connections so are not the threat experienced in the extremist/fundamentalist/Judaeo/Christian culture of some parts the US. this work is still valuable to us however to ensure we don't follow America down the Golden Arches Road into a country constantly harassed by Christian extremists whose worldview has not moved past Genesis. The wise have learnt by your mistakes.
I'm glad Wayne has devoted himself to detailing these things because I wouldn't want another human being to go through the torment that I did. If `Anything but Straight' was out years ago maybe many of us would not have wasted years of our lives trying to do the impossible and change our sexual orientation and learnt to be true to ourselves.
Against all the research and understanding today, many in fundamentalist churches still hold on to the archaic belief that being gay is a sin, a choice and the result of being brought up in a dysfunctional family. Thanks Wayne for reminding us again how futile and damaging those beliefs have been.
Co-founder of Freedom2b.org
Founder and Director of Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International
Author of 'A Life of Unlearning - A Journey to Find the Truth'
Twice voted one of the 25 Most Influential Gay & Lesbian Australians
Mr. Besen also shows that leaders in the "ex-gay" movement are often mentally fragile individuals that need genuine psychiatric help, not the flawed self-seeking "psychiatric help" pushed by quacks such as Moberly, Nicolosi, and Cameron.
In the end, these programs do not work. People drop out, leaders have been caught out in gay bars, spouses and children caught in the crossfire are damaged... Yet the carnage goes on and a lie is perpetuated in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Every "ex-gay" should read this book. It just might save their sanity or even their life.