Exodus International

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Film on the Fall of Irvine's Exodus International "Pray the Gay Away" Ministry Repeats Tonight

    Tonight, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) is scheduled to present a repeat showing of Lisa Ling's documentary God & Gays, which followed the complete change of heart by Alan Chambers, president of Irvine-based Exodus International, to "gay conversion therapy." Ling hosts a private screening at Sony P ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Exodus International, Christian Backers of Gay "Conversion Therapy," Disbands, Apologizes

    In a stunning statement, Exodus International, the Irvine-based Christian group that promoted therapy so gays and lesbians could overcome their sexual preferences, has reportedly closed its doors and apologized to homosexuals, acknowledging its mission had been hurtful and ignorant. A statement on E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    Christian Legal Eagles Vow to Fight Enacting of State Law Ending "Pray the Gay Away" Therapy

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2012

    50 Reasons Why Orange County is The Worst Effing Place in America

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Orange County Well Represented in The Advocate's List of 45 Worst Homophobes in Past 45 Years

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    "Ex-Gay" Was Coined at Melodyland Church in Anaheim; Participant Now Wants It Buried, Too

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Demonstrators Welcome Ex-Gay Conference

    Christopher Victorio​Orange 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.

  • News

    June 24, 2010

    Ex-Rated Criticism of Exodus International

    Michael Bussee and other activists denounce the upcoming conference of the 'ex-gay' ministry

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2010

    What You Missed: The Anti-"Ex-Gay" Conference

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Locals Gather to Ixnay the Ex-Gay Conference

    OC WeeklyMichael Bussee​Among 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2008

    Is Howard F. Ahmanson Reading Navel Gazing?

    *Updated, with new information on the bottom... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2007

    Monday's Headlines. No Surprises: More Ex-Gay Action in Irvine

    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 we ... More >>

  • Columns

    August 9, 2007


    'Homosexuality is unnatural, defined by the Bible as a sin and is unhealty physically, mentally and socially for those who choose to live that lifestyle'

  • Features

    July 26, 2007

    The Closet and the Cross

    Three decades ago, Michael Bussee helped found the mammoth ex-gay ministry Exodus International. Now, he’s one of the movement's biggest critics

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2007

    Thursday's Headlines

    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 >>

  • News

    August 19, 1999