Monday, July 25, 2005

Zach: Waiting for News of His Release

Still no word about Zach's release from the Memphis based program that promotes self-loathing among gays while calling itself "Love In Action." According to various reports the 16-year-old gay blogger was due to be released around the end of last week.

Nor has there been any recent news about the ongoing investigation by the state of Tennessee.

Zach now has more than 2,000 comments on his last blog entry. The supportive comments are from all over the world, the latest batch include comments from Brazil, Italy, India and the Netherlands. Hopefully Zach will be able to read the many supportive comments (and delete the few homophobic ones) SOON!

NPR discussed his story last Friday. You can listen to the audio clip here.

Wayne Besen has a story that documents some of the glaring credibilty problems of Love In Action's hate program:

"Look, there is no way in the short run that this is going to end well for the Stark family. They enrolled their son in a failed program where the co-founder, John Evans, dropped out after his friend Jack McIntyre, also in the program, committed suicide because he couldn’t change. I photographed Love in Action’s poster boy, John Paulk, in a seedy gay bar. The group’s youngest graduate and spokesperson, Wade Richards, is now a gay activist. Needless to say, the group has credibility problems, especially when one explores their bizarre techniques."

This story discusses Zach and Erik, a 15-year-old boy who has disappeared into a 'straight camp' somehere in California.

In case you missed it, the Washington Blade also had a story last week featuring a picture of the very cool-looking kid.

Finally, the great folks at Queer Action Coalition are still on the job:

Queer Action Coalition will be holding TWO rallies at Love in Action Headquarters 4780 Yale Rd., Memphis TN on FRIDAY, JULY 29TH...8:30-9:30am, and 4:00-5:30pm