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[Sep. 25th, 2006|08:45 pm]
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I offer this in sincere interest in the well-being of anyone who has ever been singled out and violently ridiculed just for being different in a crowd.

As you know, each October, Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in high schools across the US promote an event called “Ally Week,” in which members encourage non-LGBT-identifying teens to pledge their support for making schools safe for LGBT students.

We also know that millions of Christian students share the same desire to ensure schools are a safe and harassment-free place for all.

While Ally Week is meant to have this effect, the pledge involved requires students to promise to “actively support safer school efforts” promoted by GLSEN, which often involve policies and ethics which conflict with Christian beliefs concerning sexuality. This in turn marginalizes well-meaning people from participation, leaving many Christian students feeling as though they must choose between holding to their beliefs and looking like a bully.

Still, the fact that our beliefs are different doesn’t mean we can’t work together for safer schools for everyone. So, Exodus Youth is creating the Allies, Too campaign, in which Christian students can voice their support for safer schools without compromising on God's Word!

For those of you who can put aside political or religious differences in the interest of preserving the safety of all students across America, please pass this on to all GLBT groups as well as Christian (or otherwise conservative) circles. Moderators, if you could please consider including a link to allies_too on your profile pages, so that we can work together in stamping out unwarranted acts of hatred against others.


From: ex_drakyn
2006-09-27 03:45 am (UTC)
"Ex-gays" are as real and truthful as the flat Earth theory.

IE: Both are totally bogus!

"The American Psychological Association's Views on So-Called "Conversion Therapies"?

Some therapists who undertake so-called conversion therapy report that they have been able to change their clients' sexual orientation from homosexual to heterosexual. Close scrutiny of these reports, however. show several factors that cast doubt on their claims. For example, many of these claims come from organizations with an ideological perspective that condemns homosexuality. Furthermore, their claims are poorly documented; for example, treatment outcome is not followed and reported over time, as would be the standard to test the validity of any mental health intervention.

The American Psychological Association is concerned about such therapies and their potential harm to patients. In 1997, the Association's Council of Representatives passed a resolution reaffirming psychology's opposition to homophobia in treatment and spelling out a client's right to unbiased treatment and self-determination. Any person who enters into therapy to deal with issues of sexual orientation has a right to expect that such therapy will take place in a professionally neutral environment, without any social bias."

--APA: http://www.apahelpcenter.org/articles/article.php?id=31

And here is a link summarizing the APA's resolution; it also has a link to the text of the official resolution.

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