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I don't even know where to begin with this – PFOX's "Ex-Gay" & "Everstraight" Student Club

“Start an ex-gay club at your school!”

Does this make ANY sense? Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) has gone off the deep end. Their response to Gay Straight Alliances (GSA) at schools is to encourage kids to start “Ex-Gay” & “Everstraight Clubs”. Since when does a majority group (straight folks) need a support group? This is this utterly lame*ss crap. PFOX, of course, was recently in the news because one of its leaders, Richard Cohen, was expelled from the American Counseling Association for unethical behavior. These folks are freaking dangerous to gays and lesbians that are struggling with their identity. In this little initiative, they seem comically pathetic — it only underscores the need for more GSAs.

The purpose of an ex-gay & everstraight club is to provide a safe environment for all students to discuss alternatives to homosexuality and find ex-gay resources. Clubs can be started by students who have never been gay (everstraights), ex-gay students, and those struggling with unwanted same sex attraction. These alternative ex-gay clubs are started at schools (high school or college) which already have a GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) or similar gay affirming club. These ex-gay clubs can be called by whatever name the student(s) decide is best for their school.

The whole idea behind this effort is to counteract what PFOX suggests is an overwhelmingly queer-centric world out to recruit horny teens into the so-called “gay lifestyle.” Since when has high school been a haven for homosexual expression? I doubt “faggot” or “dyke” have fallen out of favor as a slur for most insecure young people. When was the last time a straight person was targeted for liking someone of the opposite sex? Good god, my head hurts thinking of this stupidity. Read on and try not to let your head explode…

With an Ex-Gay Alternatives Club at their school, students have the option of receiving all of the facts on sexual orientation before trying to adopt a gay identity. Students need positive support from teachers and their peers to deal with their unwanted same sex attractions. Straight kids (everstraights) need to understand what their peers are struggling with and why. Schools must present ex-gay options and resources…According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), in the year 2000, 49% of all AIDS cases were among young men who had sex with other males, ranging in ages 13 to 24. An Ex-Gay Alternatives Club will introduce alternatives to homosexuality so that young people will not find it necessary to participate in risky sexual behavior.

Look at this ridiculous recruiting meeting poster:

EX-GAY & EVERSTRAIGHT CLUB

Alternatives is a club for ex-gay, gay, everstraight and questioning youth to safely discuss sexual orientation:

For those struggling with same sex attractions – Why do I have same sex feelings? Does it always have to be this way? Do I have to take on a gay identity?

For questioning youth – If I have gay thoughts or feelings, does that mean I’m a homosexual? Am I gay if other kids call me gay names?

For straight teens – How can I understand sexual orientation? How can I help stop name calling against gay kids? Can gays at school be my friends?

For ex-gay teens – How do I explain sexual reorientation to others? How can I find support for my journey out of homosexuality? Are there any ex-gay books I can read?

Welcome to the Alternatives Club! We will confidentially discuss sexual orientation in a supportive environment and together try to find a way out of the confusion.

Good grief – who is forcing these kids to engage in homosex? What are they talking about? These freaks at PFOX — they are truly off their rockers — pfox_exgays@hotmail.com.

Thanks to Mike@RawStoryQ for the link.

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