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Six more weeks in 'ex-gay' camp for TN teen


LIA continues its inhumane treatment of a Tennessee teen.

Over 1,000 people have commented at the blog of a gay teen that came out to his parents and was sent to the “ex-gay” hellhole of Love In Action’s Refuge program.

The problem has now escalated — he’s been ordered to stay another six weeks at the facility for “reparative treatment” in an attempt to rid him of his homosexuality. He had been slated to be released today. (UKGayNews via PageOneQ):

After having his mobile (cell) phone taken away and his access to the internet denied, very little has been heard of the teen. In one of his last “blogs” on June 3, he wrote: “I don’t know how long I’m going to be on, because if they wake up, I’m screwed. The program starts June 6.”

According to someone who claims to be a friend of Zach’s, the teen is staying another six weeks at the LIA refuge because his parents find it “necessary and effective.”

Love in Action International Inc. claims to be able to “cure” gays in most cases. But “…sexual orientation is not a choice and cannot be altered. Groups who try to change the sexual orientation of people through so-called conversion therapy are misguided and run the risk of causing a great deal of psychological harm…” says Dr. Raymond Fowler PhD along with the vast majority of contemporary American – and world-wide – psychological opinion

The refuge’s website gives details of reparative treatment:

Two-Week Intensive: The adolescent will attend meetings at the designated facility Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Participants in Refuge will be offered individual counseling sessions as scheduled by staff, recreational opportunities with other clients, as well as an atmosphere of accountability and support. The cost is $2,000.

Six-Week Extension: The adolescent will attend meetings at the designated facility Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Participants in Refuge will be offered individual counseling sessions as scheduled by staff, recreational opportunities with other clients, as well as an atmosphere of accountability and support. The six-week duration of this option promotes more time for healing and working on underlying issues that may not be covered during the two-week Refuge program. The cost is $4,500.

As we posted before, Refuge is an ‘ex-gay’ brainwashing program led by “former homosexual” John Smid of Love In Action (LIA). Smid has been quoted as saying: “I would rather you commit suicide than have you leave Love In Action wanting to return to the gay lifestyle. In a physical death you could still have a spiritual resurrection; whereas, returning to homosexuality you are yielding yourself to a spiritual death from which there is no recovery.”

The Queer Action Coalition has just wrapped up nine days of protests at the LIA facility, and the story has been covered in local media.

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