Governor Jerry Brown over the weekend signed a bill championed by the LGBT community that make California the first state to outlaw therapy to "pray the gay away." "We're
grateful to Governor Brown for standing with California's children," reads a statement from Chad Griffin, president of the Human ... More >>
It was gay rights icon Harvey Milk who described Orange County best, in response to California State Senator John Briggs describing San Francisco as "the moral garbage dump of homosexuality in this country." "Nobody likes garbage 'cause it smells," Milk told reporters. "Yet eight million tourists vi ... More >>
Orange County is a haven of haters, from Armenian genocide deniers to Mexican-bashers, Holocaust deniers to the cesspool that is the OC GOP. But we've probably made our most memorable national mark in homo-hating--between the millions of our pal Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr. toward Proposition H8, Bob Dor ... More >>
The term "ex-gay," which refers to people who successfully converted from homosexuality to heterosexuality, is said to have been coined in a 1980 study that examined 11 men who essentially "prayed the gay away" at Melodyland Christian Center. The Word of Faith church that was across Harbor Boulev ... More >>
Christopher VictorioOrange County's ex-gay-dar rocketed off the charts this past week as roughly 600 people gathered to attend Exodus International's Freedom Conference at Concordia University, while about 60 demonstrated outside the gates of the fortress-like campus last Saturday.
Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyExodus founder and critic Michael Bussee.A small but impassioned group of gay-rights supporters convened in Irvine on Saturday in response to the upcoming Exodus International Freedom Conference. Exodus' notoriety for "praying the gay away" has effectively prayed ... More >>
OC WeeklyMichael BusseeAmong the many charming events that Orange County attracts year after year--ranging from conferences held by holocaust deniers to 9/11 truthers--none might be more charming than Exodus International's "Freedom Conference" in Irvine, at which panels and workshops are he ... More >>
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Over the Labor Day weekend, someone claiming to be Christian fundie financier Howard F. Ahmanson, Jr. left the following comment on my previous post about local conservative blabbermouth Hugh Hewitt being in cahoots with Ahmanson to end gay marriage i ... More >>
More ex-gay Irvine action: Over the weekend, the devil snuck into Irvine and the mainstream media said nary a word. On Saturday, Focus on the Family's homosexuality-quashing Love Won Out conference came to Mariners Church (the event was interestingly categorized under "MarinerScare" on the church w ... More >>
Liar, liar: Yesterday, we noted that The OC Register wouldn't be taking Marti Buscaglia on as publisher after all, after she confessed she'd misrepresented her education in her résumé. The Times and Register follow up with the story.
All apologies: Three former Exodus International leaders issued ... More >>