“Change is Possible” was the slogan used by the ex-gay organization called Exodus International. I use the past tense since that group is officially closing its doors. And lest you think it is just quietly going away, the organization’s president, Alan Chambers, issued the statement that he was “sorry for the pain and hurt” experienced by so many at the hands of his group.
“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.”
After I caught my breath, I read the apology from Chambers again and realized that the organization was not just admitting defeat; after working for 38 years and trying to convince people that they could change their sexual orientation the group is seeking to atone for its actions. Chambers envisions the group ree-merging as a new ministry, one that works to create “safe, welcoming and mutually transforming communities.” Now that is a group I could get behind.
Personally, I think the name is so tarnished and the reputation is beyond repair. Since the scientific community has openly repudiated “reparative therapy” for LGBT people, support for Exodus has been dwindling. Now as it closes I suspect the religious right will simply disavow any contact with it at all. I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole thing is not swept from history, at least as far as the evangelical right is concerned. Rewriting history is their strong suit after all and if they can rewrite the Bible by cherry picking verses, they can certainly make an inconvenient episode like “Exodus” go away.