On June 20th 2013, Alan Chambers the leader of Exodus International, one of the largest 'ex-gay' organizations worldwide, will once again be appearing on "Our America" hosted by Lisa Ling. Chambers first appearance on the program in 2011 episode had him putting forward the standard message of "reparative therapy":
Back then, Chambers had said, "Change is possible. I stand by that phrase and I live by it. The opposite of homosexuality isn't heterosexuality; it's holiness." But now, Chambers has a new message: an apology.
Last year, Chambers decided to stop endorsing the denounced practice of gay "reparative therapy" and reached out to Ling for an opportunity in which he could formally apologize to those who felt adversely affected by Exodus' practices. Next week, he'll speak out in a special episode of "Our America with Lisa Ling," airing Thursday, June 20, on OWN.
The trailer for the program isn't embeddable, but you can find it here
In addition, a group of "reparative therapy" survivors will confront Chambers face-to-face with stories of their painful experiences in the "ex-gay" movement. Among them is Jerry, a former pastor who came out of the closet after a 26-year marriage; Sean, a Navy veteran who served three tours of combat before coming out in support of repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell;" and Christian, who Ling first met three years earlier when he was desperately trying to become straight.
With his wife Leslie at his side throughout, Chambers will face his critics and a pointed dialogue will emerge which brings the future of Exodus into question.
I don't get OWN, but I'm certainly interested to hear what Chambers has to say and what brought him to offer this apology after so long.