In the two short months since its release, Exodus Youth's DVD resource Truth & Tolerance has become one of our top-selling resources. We've recently put together this promotional video clip for YouTube. Check it out!
Ally Week is promoted by Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in high schools
nationwide for the purpose of a safer school environment. The national
week was launched last year to create allies to put an end to anti-LGBT
bullying and harassment in schools. Exodus Youth, however, announced
the new "Allies, Too" movement to support the same effort of safer
schools but for Christian students...
At the launch of Ally Week last year, conservative Christian group the
American Family Association had criticized it as a "doorway" for
Gay-Straight Alliance clubs to recruit fellow students.
Victoria Cobb, executive director of the Family Foundation of Virginia
had called the campaign an "assault on our values by the homosexual
community through our public schools."
While concerns were raised among Christian groups and parents, "Allies,
Too" was newly formed this year to call Christian students to be an
ally too during the week (Oct. 15-21) and speak out in solidarity with
the goal of making schools safe while still taking a stand for God's
design for sexuality. As thousands of Christian students will have the
chance to show the love of Christ to their peers, the campaign will
seek to create a harassment-free place for students regardless of
beliefs or backgrounds.
This October 15-21, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs in high schools across the US are promoting an event called “Ally Week,” in which they encourage non-LGBT-identifying teens to pledge their support for making schools safe for LGBT students.
Here at Exodus Youth, we want schools to be a safe and harassment-free place for all students, and we know that millions of Christian students share the same desire. While Ally Week is meant to have this effect, the pledge involved requires students to promise to “actively support safer school efforts” promoted by GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network), which often involve policies and ethics which conflict with Christian beliefs concerning sexuality. This can leave many Christian students feeling as though they must choose between holding to their beliefs and looking like a bully.
Still, the fact that our beliefs are different doesn’t mean we can’t work together for safer schools for everyone. So, Exodus Youth is creating the Allies, Too campaign, in which Christian students can voice their support for safer schools without compromising their faith in God’s Word!
Similar to Ally Week, the Allies, Too campaign provides students with pledge cards they can distribute and sign to show their commitment to making their school a safe and tolerant place, without necessarily agreeing with all the values and behaviors promoted by GLSEN. Exodus Youth is also providing various resources for Christian students can use to educate their clubs and youth groups about issues concerning sexuality, and to reach out to their LGBT-identified peers with the Gospel.
I have gotten to know Nancy over the past year or so as we have seen each other at Love Won Outand
other conferences. She is a sweet lady with a great big heart. She is
making the media circuit over the recent release of her new book
featured in this post The Truth Comes Out.
The Chicago Sun Times reporter, Leslie Baldacci, wrote an article
What are the chances that three out of four women in a single family would each write memoirs?
That depends on the family. The Heche family has experienced enough dysfunction to produce three volumes so far.
Actress Anne Heche (Call Me Crazy, 2003) and her older sister, Susan Bergman, (Anonymity,
1994) told their stories about their upbringing with father Don, a
devout Christian and closet homosexual who, after 25 years of marriage,
died of AIDS in 1983.
their mother, Nancy Heche, a Chicagoan, psychotherapist and part-time
college professor, has constructed her own memoir as she spreads the
fundamentalist Christian message that people don't have to be gay.
won't use the word "accept" when it comes to homosexuality, and she
can't yet say she has "forgiven" her husband. But she has, she says,
turned her anger and resentment toward homosexuality into a position of
love and respect.
I am proud of Nancy for sharing her side of the story and the
humility to live out a transparent journey.
"A new ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is prompting cries of judicial activism.
On Wednesday the court dismissed a lawsuit brought by California parents who were outraged over a sex survey given to public school students in the first, third and fifth grades.
Among other things, the survey administered by the Palmdale School District asked children if they ever thought about having sex or touching other people's "private parts" and whether they could "stop thinking about having sex."- Susan Jones, CNSNews.com Senior Editor, Nov. 3, 2005
Dawn Stefanowicz the daughter of a gay man who died of AIDS ten years ago has been trying to tell her story of growing up the child of a homosexual. She has put her name forward to testify before the government but has not been called. She says the media has done a very poor job of presenting all the facts in this situation and that many Canadians fear reprisal if they speak out against gay marriage. "Scientific data and negative personal experiences related to this issue that are obviously relevant -- they're ignored, they're not discussed," she says.
Christian leaders in Spain and Canada voiced concern about the approval of allowing same sex couples or singles to adopt children. Siting a study by NARTH they stated: ""Because the relationship of a man and woman committed in a marriage is the strongest core of the family, and because the family is the most vital unit in society, we run great risks in tinkering with the definition of marriage and the family,"
WAYNE, N.J. -- A few months ago, during a debate over whether
government workers should get benefits for same-sex partners, Passaic
County Sheriff's Department Detective Cpl. Douglas Laverty revealed
that he is gay _ something he had kept secret from even close friends.
the ultra-macho culture of law enforcement, he feared the worst:
harassment, discrimination or worse. Instead, what he found was
acceptance and support. And he wants people to know he's grateful.
The Steubenville Herald-Star
Sunday, September 12, 2004
STEUBENVILLE - The Jefferson County Common Pleas Court is in the process of deciding whether allowing a male child to live as a female is a real-life experience or an experiment.
A Jefferson County woman and her ex-husband, who lives in Colliers, are involved in a custody battle for their 9-year-old son, who currently resides with his mother. At the heart of the custody case is the boy's desire to wear women's clothing, at least when he is with his mother.
The boy's mother has taken the child to a couple of doctors, who diagnosed him with Gender Identity Disorder. Then, the boy's father also took him to a different doctor, who did not diagnose him with the disorder.
GID is a disorder in which a male or female exhibits characteristics of, insists they are and enjoys the activities of the opposite sex. To be diagnosed with GID, a person must exhibit four of five main criteria listed by the Harry Benjamin Study, the benchmark of GID studies.
Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. heard the testimony Friday of the mother, doctors chosen by the mother, other parents with transgender children and a video depicting the boy exhibiting girl behavior.
The father's attorney, Domenick Frank, said the mother identified her son as having GID by Internet research, three years before seeking medical advice. The mother also said she told the boy, before seeking medical advice, he could someday become a girl.
"I love my child and want my child to be happy," said the mother. "He never decided to be a girl. It comes from inside."
The mother tried to enroll the child as a transgender in a Niles, Ohio, school, but the court stopped that action when the father found out and filed a change of custody motion. This is also when the court ordered the boy to be dressed as a boy and referred to as such.
When he tells you he's gay, don't go away. How should Christian parents handle the news?
Dr Linda Helps - More than 20 years have passed since the American Psychological Association changed its view on homosexuality. Christians still believe the lifestyle is spiritually and morally wrong. Consequently, Christian parents have a difficult time handling the news that a child is gay or lesbian. Many are devastated by the revelation.
Christian parents often fear they’ll be ostracized by their peers or seen as parent failures. Many don’t know how to approach their children and cut off their relationships. But gay sons and lesbian daughters still need parental love even when they don’t have approval for the lifestyles.
I talked to a dad not too long ago who said he couldn’t talk or even look at his gay son. Consequently he’d been avoiding him for over six months. He kept thinking about his son with another man and couldn’t stomach the thought. He asked, “Why should I talk to him? He’s living a life the Bible says is an abomination.”
My answer was simple, “He’s your son. He’s a person and he still needs a dad.”