The anti-LGBT “Freedom March” in Washington D.C. on May 5 appeared to draw tens of people, per videos posted on Facebook (more video below).
The “Freedom March” was sponsored by the Christian “Voice of the Voiceless,” and included the “Activist Mommy,” Elizabeth Johnston, who has a history of opposing LGBT rights
The “Freedom March” was was supposed to convince LGBT people to change their sexual orientation or gender identity, a notion disputed by Christian and lesbian Julie Rodgers in an op-ed article in The New York Times:
I was taken to an “ex-gay” organization when I came out at the age of 17, and I spent almost 10 years involved in a member ministry of Exodus International, an umbrella organization that promoted conversion therapy and that shut down in 2013. From that experience, here are a few things to consider as we think about the future of conversion therapy in Christian communities.
First, it’s important to know that the people in conversion therapy don’t actually become straight. If you listen to their testimonies, they say they decided to “find their identity in Christ” rather than in their sexuality. They show pictures of themselves flouting stereotypical gender norms in “before” pictures and wearing clothes that fit within those norms in “after” pictures. They try not to engage in sex with people of the same gender, and some even date and marry people of the opposite sex. But very few in the videos say their attractions changed.
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