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Exodus International: Setting the Record Straight
Two men who helped organize the first Exodus conference now claim that ex-gay ministries are a fraud, which promote "homophobia and self-hatred." Their comments have appeared in gay newspapers across North America. In the mid-1970’s Michael Busseee and Gary Cooper were calling themselves "ex-gay." They were both married with children and working at EXIT, the "EX-gay Intervention Team" at Melodyland Hotline Center in Anaheim, California.

Both men helped organize the first Exodus conference, held in Anaheim in September 1976. Unknown to their co-workers, Bussee and Cooper were struggling with strong sexual attraction to each other. "I kept praying and hoping that some day I would develop normal sexual attraction to my wife." Bussee told The Standard. "Gary had three kids by this time, and I had one daughter."

Finally, in late 1978, Bussee and Cooper began a secret adulterous relationship. They quit EXIT and two years later; both men divorced their wives and began living together. "I was ripped apart by the pain," recalled Ann Busse at the 1985 Exodus Conference. "I could not believe Mike had been unfaithful."


13 posted on 08/07/2003 4:35:49 PM PDT by george wythe
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To: george wythe
What a shame. You would think these men would have seen that just like a recovering alcoholic has their issues around drink, this was their issue. Just like the alcholic, you fight it. It's sad to just see people throw it all away and then trash an organization that can and probably does help people(even if they fell back into sin) to justify their own slip. Sad!
16 posted on 08/07/2003 5:21:16 PM PDT by glory
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To: george wythe
The Colorado Springs ministry believes that gays and lesbians can be "cured," though medical and psychological experts have discredited the idea that homosexuals can change and become heterosexual.

Dr. Dobson is both a medical and a psychological expert, I believe.

18 posted on 08/07/2003 6:24:29 PM PDT by Ragtime Cowgirl ("Saddam Hussein is no longer bad news. He's a piece of trash waiting to be collected." - C. Powell)
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