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The AmTaliban spin on Love Won Out's Birmingham conference

I posted earlier on the Blend about the ‘Love Embraces All‘ conference in Birmingham that countered the “ex-gay” sham put on by Dobson’s Love Won Out recently. Here’s coverage from AgapePress of the LWO event, “Love Won Out Tackles Homosexual Issues With Information, Compassion, Biblical Truth.” It’s side-splitting, featuring some of our familiar former homos.

Earlier this month, Focus on the Family brought its international Love Won Out conference to Birmingham, Alabama, for a one-day gathering designed to educate and equip participants to wrestle with key issues surrounding homosexuality and to offer hope for those struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions. Speakers included experts on homosexual issues straight from the front lines of the culture wars as well as former gays and lesbians whose personal testimonies affirmed the possibility of freedom in Christ.

Professional heterosexual Melissa Fryrear.

One of the featured speakers at the Birmingham LWO Conference was former lesbian Melissa Fryrear, a gender issues analyst for Focus on the Family. She says even though homosexuality and same-sex marriage are becoming increasingly politicized in contemporary culture, the conference focuses on love and hope in Christ. “We are here to offer a perspective that is rarely heard anywhere else,” she says. “There is a way out of unwanted homosexuality.”

Fryrear presented two separate breakout sessions, entitled “Someone I Love is Gay” and “Questions & Answers on Lesbianism.” In them, she balanced factual information, scriptural truth, and personally vulnerable sharing of her own path out of homosexuality, along the way providing penetrating insights into homosexuality from a female perspective. [OMG.]

I never met a person who aspired to be homosexually challenged,” the gender issues expert noted at one point. “Sexual trauma is a huge piece of the puzzle. Having talked with hundreds of homosexuals, I have never met one that had not been sexually violated in his or her life.”

Dr Joseph Nicolosi claims to have helped over 200 gay men to change, over time, to a heterosexual orientation. Hey, what about lesbians, Joe?

Other speakers helped supply further pieces of the puzzle. [Fraud scientist] Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, president and principal researcher for the National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH) presented a talk on “The Condition of Male Homosexuality” and another on “Prevention of Male Homosexuality.” And Exodus International’s Randy Thomas presented “Hope for Those Who Struggle” and a two-part session called “Reaching the Homosexual.”

Anne on mom Nancy Heche (above): “The “Ex-gay” events that are going on right now make me sick. The fact that my mother is using my name to promote this movement makes me even sicker.”

Also, guest speaker Nancy Heche shared the lessons of faith and forgiveness she learned during her celebrity daughter’s high profile lesbian relationship, and even before that, when she lost her husband to AIDS after discovering he had secretly lived a homosexual lifestyle during their marriage. Later, Heche also presented a session called “Three Things to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say.”

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