For 37 years, Exodus International has led the ridiculous, hurtful, shameful, reductive, and traumatic ex-gay movement that taught many teens that being gay was wrong, sinful, shameful and tried to help people "pray away the gay" and become straight as God intended.
It was always a group preying on people's combination of hope and self-hatred by holding out the fictional dream of a happy heterosexual future, and many young people especially were victimized by their clueless, well-meaning parents into these horrible torturous environments.
But this week, Exodus decided to close their doors for good and their current leader issued a lengthy, emotional apology that he wrote with the blood of 35+ years of gay teen suicides his group helped cause. Here's a brief excerpt:
"Please know that I am deeply sorry. I am sorry for the pain and hurt many of you have experienced. I am sorry that some of you spent years working through the shame and guilt you felt when your attractions didn’t change. I am sorry we promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation that stigmatized parents. I am sorry that there were times I didn’t stand up to people publicly “on my side” who called you names like sodomite—or worse. I am sorry that I, knowing some of you so well, failed to share publicly that the gay and lesbian people I know were every bit as capable of being amazing parents as the straight people that I know. I am sorry that when I celebrated a person coming to Christ and surrendering their sexuality to Him that I callously celebrated the end of relationships that broke your heart. I am sorry that I have communicated that you and your families are less than me and mine."
I guess I'm against public stoning, and there's no such thing as a "culture war criminal," so I guess the only comfort is knowing less people will ever be presented with this quackery as a viable option. And an increased public awareness about the long-term harm this nonsense causes to the people it doesn't put on a path to suicide.