Billboard attempts to set people straight. Literally.


The Truth Ministry has erected three of these in South Carolina. Not shocking, but appalling nonetheless. Pam at Pandagon has the full story.

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  • http://www.livejournal.com/users/substitute ignatz

    You got the link to Pam at Pandagon broken there; it points to a link that edits your page or something instead. Thanks as always for the blog.

  • Jessica

    my bad…thanks for the heads up. should be good now.

  • sodajunkie

    Why do you simply assume that all gay/lesbian folks want to remain that way? Do you wish to block their rights to find a different life?
    Just curious…

  • TiggerMAN

    If we are to be truly “open-minded”, we must be open to the idea that people may want to change. We must be “pro-choice” in all facists of life. It seems all that this group is trying to do is offer people who want to change, a way to change. If you do not want to change, then stay the way you are. What I don’t understand is why we, who are suppose to be so “open”, seem so closed to people who believe differently. And why the anger? I find nothing on their website but honest opinion and a true experience as the person who heads up the group used to be a homosexual himself. I know both practicing homosexuals and those who claim they “used to be”. The ones who have made a choice to not practice as a homosexual, seem happy with their choice. So, why the fuss. People should have a choice and we should be open to this, whether “we” agree or not. This is not about whether you are ‘born’ this way or not. This is just about a personal choice and a group that wants to help.

  • http://lifeaftergonzales.blogspot.com Elise

    There are no “former homosexuals” or “ex-gays”. Anyone who claims otherwise is either misinformed or lying, and “treatment programs” like this that accept money on the promise of brainwashing people straight are literally committing fraud.
    There is no desire to help anyone here, despite all pretences to the contrary. The utterly discredited notion that homosexuality can be “cured” is only maintained as a way of justifying bigotry and intolerance toward GLBT people.
    This is not to say that there are no people who sincerely believe this crap. Certainly, there are. There are even people who believe the universe was created in a week by a spooky, vindictive invisible man, and that Iraq was somehow involved in 9/11. But those who develop the propaganda to promote these notions do not deserve the benefit of the doubt. Honesty has never been their strong suit, and their income and political power and influence depend on maintaining the deception.

  • http://lifeaftergonzales.blogspot.com Elise

    There are no “former homosexuals” or “ex-gays”. Anyone who claims otherwise is either misinformed or lying, and “treatment programs” like this that accept money on the promise of brainwashing people straight are literally committing fraud.
    There is no desire to help anyone here, despite all pretences to the contrary. The utterly discredited notion that homosexuality can be “cured” is only maintained as a way of justifying bigotry and intolerance toward GLBT people.
    This is not to say that there are no people who sincerely believe this crap. Certainly, there are. There are even people who believe the universe was created in a week by a spooky, vindictive invisible man, and that Iraq was somehow involved in 9/11. But those who develop the propaganda to promote these notions do not deserve the benefit of the doubt. Honesty has never been their strong suit, and their income and political power and influence depend on maintaining the deception.

  • http://lifeaftergonzales.blogspot.com Elise

    Sorry about the multi-post. I got a server error.

  • annajcook

    Why do you simply assume that all gay/lesbian folks want to remain that way? Do you wish to block their rights to find a different life?
    Um . . . sodajunkie . . . would you accept the following version of your question: “Why do you simply assume that all straight folks want to remain that way? Do you wish to block their rights to find a different life?”
    Just curious . . .
    * * *
    I had dinner last night with my family and a good friend of mine, who’s gay. We were joking that we should set up a parody website along the model of those for ex-gay ministries, only it could help people who were unhappy being straight and wanted to become gay :).
    This is similar to the exercises that expose racist or sexist attitudes by replacing “black” with “white” or “woman” with “man.” If the argument is offensive one way, it’s offensive the other. Unless it’s acceptable to advocate the benefits of being gay, it’s offensive to me that people are so aggressive in advocating the supposed benefits of being straight.

  • http://lifeaftergonzales.blogspot.com Elise


    I had dinner last night with my family and a good friend of mine, who’s gay. We were joking that we should set up a parody website along the model of those for ex-gay ministries, only it could help people who were unhappy being straight and wanted to become gay :).


    If you decide to put it together, I’d love to collaborate. I’ve got something that would work perfectly on a site like that, about how the Bible is actually a huge cautionary tale warning women of the dangers of heterosexual relationships.

  • http://lifeaftergonzales.blogspot.com Elise


    I had dinner last night with my family and a good friend of mine, who’s gay. We were joking that we should set up a parody website along the model of those for ex-gay ministries, only it could help people who were unhappy being straight and wanted to become gay :).


    If you decide to put it together, I’d love to collaborate. I’ve got something that would work perfectly on a site like that, about how the Bible is actually a huge cautionary tale warning women of the dangers of heterosexual relationships.

  • oenophile

    There are no “former homosexuals” or “ex-gays”. Anyone who claims otherwise is either misinformed or lying, and “treatment programs” like this that accept money on the promise of brainwashing people straight are literally committing fraud.
    Well, there’s no evidence that they are taking money, so….
    I’m almost done playing Devils’ Advocate. Some people who are bisexual and unhappy with that aspect of themselves (and find it easier to be straight, much as many of us find it easier to shave our legs) could benefit from this.
    That all said, there’s some really interesting research these days about the origins of homosexuality. It seems as if it is somewhat genetic; there are biological/environmental factors (i.e. womb environment); and, occasionally, there is abuse. (I imagine that, with the latter, anyone with any sort of bisexual tendency may gravitate towards partners who are of a different sex than the perpetrator.) There’s also some research about how the brain responds to chemicals (but I’m not sure if that is learned behaviour or not).
    Anna,
    Your rhetorical question actually has an answer. ;) Many people who are “straight” do so because of social pressure. (Hence coming out of the closet.) As a society, we do work towards an era in which people who do not “want” to be straight (or rather, act straight) will not have to.