Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-gay Myth
Wayne R. Besen
Harrington Park Press, 2003 - Religion - 311 pages
The real story behind “ex-gay” ministries and reparative therapy!
Nationally known activist Wayne Besen spent four years examining the phenomenon of “ex-gay” ministries and reparative therapies—interviewing leaders, attending conferences, and visiting ministries undercover as he accumulated hundreds of hours of research. The result is Anything but Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth, a groundbreaking exposé of the controversial movement that's revered by independent religious groups and reviled by gay and lesbian organizations. The book presents a historical perspective on the dispute, examining “ex-gay” groups such as Love In Action, Exodus International, Homosexuals Anonymous, and profiling a cast of characters that includes Pat Robertson, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, “ex-gay” poster boy John Paulk, National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality activist Richard Cohen, and psychiatrist Dr. Robert Spitzer.
An in-depth, well-researched, and historically significant account, Anything but Straight is full of startling facts and alarming surprises. The original content and novel material in the book includes:
Anything but Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth is an essential read for activists on both sides of the “ex-gay” fence, family members of gays and lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Lesbian, and Transgender church members, psychiatric and social science professionals, and anyone who has dealt with “coming out” issues. An appendix of resources and a helpful bibliography make it easy to find additional information on this fascinating topic.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
An educational and amusing look into ex-ministries. Their beginnings, convoluted history, random involvements, and inevitable ties with the strangest of the strange are all outlined in this page-turner. Though written in 2003, there is plenty of information in this book, making it definitely worth a read.
Review: Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay MythUser Review - Anthony Venn-Brown - Goodreads
I'm reading 'Anything but Straight' for the second time. For me that's about the best vote of confidence I can give any book. Wayne has done and excellent job in researching the exgay movement ... Read full review
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