Well, another one of those ex-gays is at it again.
Phillip Lee, pastor of the aptly named His Way Out ministries in Bakersfield, California, is telling us that The Gays can change who we are because Phillip Lee changed who he is; he went from being a big old flaming queen to being a big old flaming asshat.
See how that works?
Lee says homosexuals are "sexually broken" and can be led out of the lifestyle through a mixture of counseling and scripture. That's what happened to Lee. After being a practicing homosexual--practicing?--for over 17 years, he found his way out. Or is it in? Yeah. In. And so now Lee conducts one-on-one counseling and organizes support groups out of his downtown Bakersfield office. He says he works with about 100 teens struggling with identity issues both in person and on the Internet, and is a guest speaker at local churches services.
It's amazing to me that people like Lee are still out there, using their own self-loathing to tell the world that gay is wrong and can be changed. Hasn't it been several decades since the American
Psychological Association announced that one cannot change sexual orientation? And yet parents, out of their own sense of shame, are dragging their children to charlatans like Phillip Lee. And those teenagers he ministers to are being fed the lie of self-hatred.
What's worse, being accepting of who you are as a gay person, or being told you're broken and need to be changed? Which course causes the greatest harm?
Phillip Lee is a homosexual--say it Phil, "I'm a big old Liza loving, Castro cruising, showtune singing, boa wearing, man loving queen."--who feels such a sense of shame at being gay that he wants to "cure" other folks of their gayness. Well, Phil, I've got news for you: you aren't changing anyone, least of all yourself. You're a gay man, a pathetic gay man. And you should be ashamed of yourself for thinking there's something wrong with that.