At Beyond Ex-Gay Christine and I received a shocking message from ex-gay leader Anthony Falzarano. He is the founder of PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays). He wrote to contact Darlene Bogle, a former Exodus leader and an ex-gay survivor who last year offered a public apology for her previous role in promoting and providing ex-gay treatment.

Here is Falzarano’s message in full:

Darlene, I’m glad I ran across your blog. I still miss you. I am sorry to hear that your lover died of breast-cancer. Darlene is God sending you a message? Please consider coming back to Exodus. You are loved and missed. Why would God call you back to lesbianism, give you a lover and then take her away. I’m sorry that you are going through this. My heart is breaking right now but I believe that you belong to the Lord and “He chastizes the one’s that he loves”. I believe He is calling you back. If you want to talk I am here to listen. Please call me at [removed] if you want to talk. May God Bless You, Anthony Falzarano

Darlene decided she wanted to respond publicly on Christine Bakke’s blog. In her response she calls Falzarano out on his abusive words and manipulative message, a message that sadly is all too common among some Christian folk.

You can read Darlene’s complete message in Christine’s blog entry Twisted Love.

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