One of the largest “ex-gay” Christian ministries issued a statement on Wednesday telling members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community that it was sorry for the years of suffering it might have caused them. The president of Exodus International, Alan Chambers, also apologized for the group’s history of forcing gays and lesbians to undergo “ex-gay conversion” therapies.
Here is a portion of the apology from Chambers:
I am sorry for the pain and hurt that many of you have experienced. I am sorry some of you spent years working through the shame and guilt 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 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, I callously celebrated the end of relationships that broke your heart. I am sorry I have communicated that you and your families are less than me and mine.
More than anything, I am sorry that so many have interpreted this religious rejection by Christians as God’s rejection. I am profoundly sorry that many have walked away from their faith and that some have chosen to end their lives.
It sounds as if the group is trying to move on and will try to be more open-minded about things in the future. According to the last line of the post on Exodus International’s website: “Moving forward, we will serve in our pluralistic culture by hosting thoughtful and safe conversations about gender and sexuality, while partnering with others to reduce fear, inspire hope and cultivate human flourishing.”