Friday, September 16, 2005

Tenn. May Shut Down Anti-Gay 'Love-In-Action'

The state of Tennessee has determined that the ‘ex-gay’ facility, Love in Action is illegally treating mentally ill gay men. The Memphis based anti-gay organization has until September 15, to cease, or apply for a license, else the state will shut them down.

With Tennessee setting the example, how can other states - red or blue - fail to follow?

Zach may or may not appreciate it at this point in his life, but this small step toward sanity is due to his cry for help AND to bloggers across the planet for creating a blogger swarm that just wouldn't quit. In case you somehow missed it, Zach Stark is the 16 year old gay kid who sent a message of distress to the world, via his blog, after learning that his parents were shipping him off to the Love In Action brainwashing camp.

From the New York Blade: (See the link to Wayne Besen below for Tennessee's official statement.)

Exodus International’s flagship ‘ex-gay’ residential treatment facility, Love in Action, is facing possible closure by the state of Tennessee for unlawfully treating mentally ill gay men.

Tennessee has determined that the ‘ex-gay’ group, Love in Action — led by John Smid, is illegally operating two ‘mental health supportive living facilities.’

Wayne Besen, author of “Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals & Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth,” celebrated news of Tennessee’s action against Love in Action.

“Tennessee is rightfully and responsibly protecting its citizens from unscrupulous and unlicensed practitioners posing as genuine mental health professionals,” Besen said.

Besen called on other states to determine whether other ex-gay groups meet basic mental health guidelines. Read the whole thing.

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