Exodus International, So-Called “Ex-Gay” Ministry, Shuts Down And Issues Apology

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  • The so-called “ex-gay” ministry Exodus International announced it is shutting down after 37 years of claiming to turn gay and lesbian men and women straight through alleged “conversation therapy.” A statement from the group apologized “for years of undue judgment by the organization and the Christian Church as a whole.” Alan Chambers, president of Exodus, added “For quite some time, we’ve been imprisoned in a worldview that’s neither honoring toward our fellow human beings, nor biblical.” Although Chambers is married to a woman and has children with her, he said he has “ongoing” sexual attraction to men. ”Today it is as if I’ve just woken up to a greater sense of how painful it is to be a sinner in the hands of an angry church,” he said. The American Psychological Association does not support so called “gay conversation” therapy. Additionally, last year the psychiatrist whose work has supported the idea that gay folks could be forced into heterosexuality through therapy retracted the findings of his study.  [CNN]
  • The Supreme Court struck down an anti-sex worker law that barred federal funds from going to global HIV/AIDS programs that aided sex workers, thus stipulating must work with NGOs that were explicit in their opposition. These NGOs pointed out how it’s difficult to attempt to curb the  spread of HIV if they were seen as antagonistic to the very people they’re helping. The court ruled that this particular PEPFAR policy violated the First Amendment. [FeministingQueerty]
  • Discrimination against pregnant workers has been rising, according to a new study from the National Women’s Law Center. The majority of the complaints are from low-wage jobs and fields traditionally dominated by men. [Washington Post]
  • The Navy has charged three Naval Academy midshipman, who are also football players, with rape, sexual assault and lying to investigators. The young men allegedly gang raped a female classmate whiel she was blacked out. The victim was disciplined for drinking after the incident occurred in April 2012; it took until now for the military to charge the accused rapists. [New York Times]
  • Fetuses feel pain at 20 weeks and four other bad science anti-abortion myths. [Mother Jones]
  • Why the Internet is not impressed by Serena Williams’ apology for victim-blaming the Steubenville rape victim. [The Root]
  • The documentary “Dark Girls” about racism and colorism makes its debut on OWN this Sunday. [Clutch Magazine]
  • On living life as a woman who is constantly asked “Why don’t you smile, sweetheart?” [The Atlantic]

INTERNATIONAL

  • There’s a lot of opposition to a draft law that would protect women and girls from violence in Afghanistan. [Guardian UK]
  • 27 countries better than America at electing women to Congress or Parliament. [BuzzFeed]

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