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The Ex-Gay Story In The Pop Music World
NARTH ^ | 9 March 2009 | Roberto Marchesin

Posted on 03/11/2009 10:50:30 AM PDT by Petrosius

Italy's "Festival di San Remo," the most important musical happening in my country which is seen on T.V. by millions of Italians, became the unlikely platform this year for a powerful ex-gay testimony. The singer, Giuseppe Povia, winner of the festival in 2006, presented a song entitled, "Luca Era Gay" (Luca was once gay) -- SEE VIDEO HERE. The title of his song, implying that some gays can change to heterosexuality, was sufficient to destabilize the Italian gay movement. Gay activists threatened to block the festival, and Europarlimentary member Vittorio Agnoletto asked for a European resolution to stop Povia from peforming the song. Povia, himself, received death threats. The gay association "Everyone" denounced Povia to the Procura of the Republic for alleged "homophobia." These efforts failing, gay activists then asked the Festival organizers to "counterbalance" Povia with a song by a gay singer, about "the perfection of homosexual love." That effort too, failed.

Finally, on February 17th., Povia sang his song on the first evening of the Festival. "Luca Era Gay" recounts the transformation of a man named Luca from the gay lifestyle. Without the help of psychologists and psychiatrists, he digs deep within himself to understand the sources of his homosexual attractions. An emotionally disconnected, detached father and a smothering mother, he says, created confusion about his sexual identity: "I looked for men who would be my father, I went with men not to betray my mother." The song also alludes to a superficiality in homosexual relationships. He says, "between love and deceit, often we betrayed each other." The song ends with this verse: "This is my story, only my story. No disease. No healing. Dear dad, I forgive you even if you didn't come back. Mum, I often think of you, I love you and sometimes I still bear your reflection, but now I am a father and I am in love with the only woman I have ever loved." The music, a soft rap with dramatic tunes, carries a direct and honest text while never judging homosexually oriented people for their own personal lifestyle choices.

Before Povia's song was aired, the Italian comedian Roberto Benigni presented a twenty-minute show in which he condemned Povia, saying that homosexuality isn't a sin and that gays have been persecuted historically "because they love someone." He then read an excerpt from Oscar Wilde's "De Profundis."

After Povia's song, contrary to all custom, the conductor gave the microphone to Franco Grillini, former parliamentary member and former president of ARCIgay, the foremost gay association in Italy. Grillini said he had received a cellphone message from a friend (although all celphones were supposed to be turned off during the festival...), who had cried when he had just heard Benigni reading "De Profundis," because it brought to mind his partner who had died of AIDS. Grillini concluded by saying that Povia must learn what gay love is.

Then, the unforseeable happened: people in the theater started to hiss at Grillini (in Italy, hissing is like booing)! The crowd's sympathy was with Povia, not with the gay activist.

Povia's song went on to the finals and Saturday night, won second place in the San Remo Festival, while outside the theatre, gay activists continued to protest against him. Povia himself said: "I too had a gay phase--it lasted seven months and then I got over it."

The popularity of "Luca Era Gay" has given courage and dignity to the ex-homosexual community in Italy, who, until now, have been thoroughly intimidated by gay activists. The text's real-life insights regarding the ex-gay experience are undeniable.

TO SEE VIDEOS OF THIS SONG, CLICK HERE.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: counselling; culturewar; deaththreats; exgay; exgays; gay; gaystapotactics; homosexualagenda; lavendermafia; narth; povia; sexpositiveagenda

1 posted on 03/11/2009 10:50:31 AM PDT by Petrosius
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To: Petrosius

How tolerant of ‘Everyone’.


2 posted on 03/11/2009 10:54:24 AM PDT by rbbeachkid (The ONLY ones able to fix the economy - Small Business Owners!)
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To: Petrosius
"Gay activists threatened to block the festival, and Europarlimentary member Vittorio Agnoletto asked for a European resolution to stop Povia from peforming the song. Povia, himself, received death threats."

I see free speech and tolerance is alive and well in Europe [/sarcasm]
3 posted on 03/11/2009 10:56:12 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: rbbeachkid

Interesting article. I have no doubt that many gays start out as children in pain. Everyone reacts differently to the emotional bruises of childhood.


4 posted on 03/11/2009 11:03:01 AM PDT by catbertz
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To: Petrosius
...who had cried when he had just heard Benigni reading "De Profundis," because it brought to mind his partner who had died of AIDS. Grillini concluded by saying that Povia must learn what gay love is.

Homosexuals are intolerant bigots with no sense of the ironic.

5 posted on 03/11/2009 11:03:28 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

“[insert left-wing special interest group here] are intolerant bigots with no sense of the ironic.”

Fixed. Why single out homosexuals?


6 posted on 03/11/2009 11:06:56 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Hitler was a great speaker too, and HE didn't need a teleprompter.)
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To: ZirconEncrustedTweezers

LOL!

I stand corrected.


7 posted on 03/11/2009 11:14:13 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Petrosius

There sure is a double-standard here. There’s a pop song about a straight girl who “kissed a girl and I liked it,” but I never heard any protests about that. So here’s a song about a gay guy who decides he wants to be straight afterall. He never even criticized homosexuality in the song. So if you’re straight, it’s allright to change your mind and become gay, but not the reverse?


8 posted on 03/11/2009 11:41:01 AM PDT by Texan Tory
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To: Texan Tory

“The perfection of Homosexual love”. They are the Master Race. Just ask them.


9 posted on 03/11/2009 11:46:54 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: massgopguy
They are the Master Race. Just ask them.

The hilarious irony follows in this question: How shall you reproduce?

10 posted on 03/11/2009 11:48:07 AM PDT by TChris (So many useful idiots...)
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To: Petrosius

This is one brave fellow.


11 posted on 03/11/2009 12:11:35 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Petrosius
Then, the unforseeable happened: people in the theater started to hiss at Grillini (in Italy, hissing is like booing)! The crowd's sympathy was with Povia, not with the gay activist.

Heh, the homosexual indoctrination wasn't sufficient enough with that crowd, I guess.

12 posted on 03/11/2009 12:41:49 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Old Teufel Hunden; wagglebee
"Gay activists threatened to block the festival, and Europarlimentary member Vittorio Agnoletto asked for a European resolution to stop Povia from peforming the song. Povia, himself, received death threats."

Italy? There really IS a lavender mafia!

13 posted on 03/12/2009 7:33:28 AM PDT by a fool in paradise ("I certainly hope he (Bush) doesn’t succeed" - Democratic strategist James Carville 9-11-2001)
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To: SuziQ
in Italy, hissing is like booing

Or maybe it's catty like a sissy.

14 posted on 03/12/2009 7:34:02 AM PDT by a fool in paradise ("I certainly hope he (Bush) doesn’t succeed" - Democratic strategist James Carville 9-11-2001)
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To: Texan Tory

They want you to be “bi-curious” but like Islam, their cult is a one way street. you cannot convert AWAY from their faith.


15 posted on 03/12/2009 7:35:12 AM PDT by a fool in paradise ("I certainly hope he (Bush) doesn’t succeed" - Democratic strategist James Carville 9-11-2001)
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To: Petrosius

I have always said that repentant homosexuals are the key to bringing down the whole movement. May God bless and strengthen them.


16 posted on 03/12/2009 7:41:22 AM PDT by Antoninus (Every time Obama speaks, I buy more silver.)
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To: Petrosius
He then read an excerpt from Oscar Wilde's "De Profundis."

Of course, Oscar Wilde called homosexuality "his pathology". And died a Catholic, to boot.


17 posted on 03/12/2009 7:57:03 AM PDT by Antoninus (Every time Obama speaks, I buy more silver.)
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To: Lorianne

I agree. I did a search on the Internet about this after reading the article, and naturally the guy is being attacked by activists. Perhaps this is just a backlash against the fact that the mental health establishment (until 1973) took such a critical view of homosexuality. But why are activists so threatened by someone who wouldn’t want to be homosexual or by psychological theories? And why do they insist that sexuality is fixed? It’s like a religious dogma to them.


18 posted on 03/13/2009 10:31:12 AM PDT by joseph2 (I'm so tired of the politicization of sexual issues!)
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