A website dedicated to countering the myth of “reformed ex-gays” has been launched in the US.
The website, TruthWinsOut.org (TWO), aims to be a leading educational resource and an all-encompassing look at the world of conversion therapy.
It will also include an extensive and unprecedented video catalogue of “ex-gay” survivors and sexual orientation experts.
“For years, the ex-gay industry had dominated the flow of information on this topic. With this site, our movement has finally surpassed our opponents and we now have the means to counter ex-gay lies and reach vulnerable people with messages of truth and hope,” said TWO in a media statement.
“TruthWinsOut.org is a one-stop-shop for information on the ex-gay myth and an action centre for those who want to fight back against this insidious industry,” said TWO’s Executive Director Wayne Besen.
The ex-gay movement, led largely by right wing and religious groups in the US, seeks to change the sexual orientation of gay and lesbian people through various means, including therapy.
There is no scientific evidence that these techniques are effective and many medical experts believe that the process may be harmful.
The American Psychiatric Association issued a statement in 2006 which stated that, “There is simply no sufficiently scientifically sound evidence that sexual orientation can be changed.”
It went on to say that ex-gay organisations “create an environment in which prejudice and discrimination can flourish.”