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Safe Schools Coalition & Partners' 10/17/05 Media Advisory:  Groups Condemn Conference Preaching that Gay Youth Should Change. Exodus International’s “therapy” for LGBT youth is unproven, unsafe and abusive.  http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/GroundswellMediaAdvisory.pdf  (pdf format)

Safe Schools Coalition & Partners' Press Release: http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/pressrelease-reExodusConf.pdf (pdf format)

Safe Schools Coalition's statement: A Warning to the Community: Safe Schools Coalition warns the community about Focus on the Family’s “Love Won Out” events and Exodus International’s “Groundswell” events. http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/SSC_Goundswell&LoveWonOutstatement.pdf  (pdf format)

PFLAG's statement:  PFLAG Seattle and Allies Expose Exploitation of Youth to Persecute Peers. http://www.safeschoolscoalition.org/pflagseattle-statement_re-groundswell.pdf  (pdf format) 

Voices from the Community: Responses to Exodus International's 10/05 Groundswell Conference   


"Ex-gay" effort aimed at teens - by Janet I. Tu,  Seattle Times staff reporter, 10/14/05  http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=groundswell14m&date=20051014&query=gay 

Ministry's on a misguided mission to scare gay teens straight - by Susan Paynter, Seattle Post-Intelligencer columnist, 10/26/05   http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/paynter/245864_paynter26.html 

The third wave of 'ex-gay' ministries: LGBT youth in the crosshairs - by Heather Smith, Bay Area Reporter, 12/15/05  http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=371 

Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth: Web site explains the history of ex-gay ministries (what they don't tell you): http://www.anythingbutstraight.com/learn/eghistory.html

Attempts to Change Sexual Orientation:  This is a page by Dr. Gregory Herek of the University of California at Davis. Dr. Herek is widely respected as an expert on sexual prejudice and hate crimes: http://psychology.ucdavis.edu/rainbow/html/facts_changing.html

Calculated Compassion: How the Ex-Gay movement Serves the Right's Attack on Democracy: A report available on-line from Political Research Associates: http://www.publiceye.org/equality/x-gay/Calculated_Compassion_TOC.html 

Challenging the Ex-Gay movement: An Information Packet: The claim that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people can be “cured” has more to do with the right’s political objectives and its bitter opposition to equal rights than with genuine caring. This information packet provides useful information about how the Christian right has adopted the ex-gay movement in response to increasing pressure to soften its homophobic rhetoric. Includes talking points. Available free on-line from the National Gay Lesbian Task Force, co-published with Equal Partners in Faith and Political Research Associates.. http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/resources_and_tools/ChallengingExGay.pdf   (pdf format)

Executive Summary: A Report from "Love Won Out: Addressing, Understanding, and Preventing Homosexuality" from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force: http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/lovewonoutexecsummary.pdf (pdf format)  

Ex-Gay Watch - a glbt-affirming resource providing daily news and analysis of the current activities of the ex-gay movement. http://www.exgaywatch.com/

Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients: This paper is from the American Psychological Association: http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbc/publications/guidelines.html 

Health Care Needs of the Homosexual Population: This statement is from the American Medical Association: http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/14754.html#6  (which is on the page http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/14754.html "AMA Policy regarding sexual orientation")

HeartStrong: a non-sectarian, national organization which provides information and support to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people and their allies who attend - or have attended -- or are employed by religious schools, kindergarten through college. 1011 Boren Avenue #199, Seattle, WA 98104; Phone: 206-621-9129; Email: heartstrong@heartstrong.org; Web site: http://www.heartstrong.org/

Introduction to Reparative and Similar Therapies: ReligiousTolerance.org offers this analysis: http://www.religioustolerance.org/hom_exod.htm

"Just the Facts About Sexual Orientation & Youth": Booklet (1) explains what we know about sexual development, using studies reported in peer reviewed journals, (2) reports verbatim the policies of a number of professional associations regarding "reparative therapies," (3) explain that there is disagreement among religious leaders about homosexuality and (4) outline students' legal rights and the obligations of schools regarding those rights. Available on line:  http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbc/publications/justthefacts.html and http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbc/facts.pdf  (pdf format) For hard copies (limited amounts), please contact Renee Lyles of the American Psychological Association: rlyles@apa.org

Media Reference Guide from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), "In Depth: 'Ex-Gays' & 'Conversion Therapy'": http://www.glaad.org/media/guide/indepthex.php 

Mission Impossible: WHY REPARATIVE THERAPY AND EX-GAY MINISTRIES FAIL: This page from the Human Rights Campaign specifically addresses a pseudo-psychology group called NARTH: http://www.hrc.org/Content/ContentGroups/Publications1/Mission_Impossible/change.pdf (pdf format)

The Pseudoscience of Sexual Orientation Change Therapy: by Marshall Forstein of Harvard Medical School, published in BMJ, the British Medical Journal: http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/reprint/328/7445/E287 

Reparative Therapy - What's Broken? By Kate Jackson in Social Work Today, Vol. 5 No. 3, Page 12: http://www.socialworktoday.com/archive/swt_0505p12.htm 

"Reparative" Therapy or "Ex-Gay" Ministries: Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) offers their perspective: http://www.pflag.org/education/reparative.html

"Reparative Therapy: Whether Parental Attempts to Change a Child's Sexual Orientation Can Legally Constitute Child Abuse": This paper was originally published in the American University Law Review: http://www.wcl.american.edu/journal/lawrev/49/hicks.pdf (pdf format)

Science: This is a page from Bridges-Across, explaining both "sides" of this hot-button issue in the words of those who hold them. Bridges-Across is a cyberspace initiative providing models and resources for building respectful relationships among those who disagree about moral issues surrounding homosexuality, bisexuality and gender variance: http://www.bridges-across.org/ba/science.htm

Therapies Focused on Attempts to Change Sexual Orientation (Reparative or Conversion Therapies) POSITION STATEMENT Approved by the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association, March 2000 Approved by the Assembly, May 2000 http://www.psych.org/edu/other_res/lib_archives/archives/200001.pdf  (pdf format) 

Truth Wins OUT (TWO) is a non-profit think tank and educational organization that counters right wing disinformation campaigns, debunks the ex-gay myth, and provides accurate information about the lives of GLBT people. TWO’s mission is to: Provide opposition research on the ex-gay industry, Discredit right wing propaganda, Educate America about the GLBT community: http://www.truthwinsout.org/

What about psychotherapy for GLBT people? This is a page from Public Health - Seattle & King County: http://www.metrokc.gov/health/glbt/psychotherapy.htm

Youth in the Crosshairs: the Third Wave of Ex-Gay Ministries, a study by the Task Force Policy Institute that reveals the ex-gay movement's newest target — lesbian, gay and bisexual youth — as the object of both "preventive" measures and so-called "conversion-therapy." It reveals how this third wave of ex-gay activity works. These programs, designed to demonize lesbian, gay and bisexual young people and exploit the fears of parents, are carefully examined under a fresh light. http://www.thetaskforce.org/reports_and_research/youth_in_the_crosshairs

Youth in the Crosshairs: the Third Wave of Ex-Gay Ministries - by Jason Cianciotto and Sean Cahill, the Task Force Policy Institute. http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/reports/reports/YouthInTheCrosshairs.pdf  (pdf format)

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