An Alaska church where GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has worshiped for six years is publicizing in its member bulletin a conference for so-called "ex-gays" being held in Anchorage. "You'll be encouraged by the power of God's love and His desire to transform the lives of those impacted by homosexuality," the insert reads. Palin, who opposes equal marriage rights and legal recognition of same-sex couples, has not commented on the ex-gay movement or the event, according to this article.
The American Psychiatric Association has canceled a controversial symposium about religion and "ex-gay" therapy, after some members and activists complained the session would give credence to the "ex-gay" movement. The organizers of the forum, which was to be held Monday in Washington, D.C., at first didn't grasp "how conversion therapists and their supporters on the religious right use these appearances as a public relations event to try and legitimize what they do," according to out psychiatrist Jack Drescher, a former chairman of the APA committee on gay issues.
Protesters of the annual Exodus gathering of self-proclaimed ex-gays are planning a competing conference one mile away at UC Irvine in Southern California. "The Survivor's Conference: Beyond Ex-gay" aims to counter Exodus' mission of "converting" gay men and lesbians to heterosexuality.