An exciting lineup of workshops is planned for the 2009 Anti-Heterosexism Conference which will meet November 20-22 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Before the conference, Beyond Ex-Gay will be hosting a pre-conference institute for ex-gay survivors as well as allies interested in combating the heterosexism that permeates and drives the ex-gay movement.

Conference keynote addresses and concurrent workshops include:

Keynote speakers Sylvia Rhue, Jack Drescher, and Deborah JohnsonStraight Rackets: Why the Religious Right Needs Reparative Therapy
Sylvia Rhue, Ph.D.

Microaggressions and the LGBT Community:
Advocating for Social Justice on Individual, Institutional, and Societal Levels
Kevin Nadal, Ph.D.; David Rivera, M.S.; Melissa Corpus, M.A.; Lauren Fisher, M.A.

Pray Away the Gay?
Wayne Besen

Genocidal Intentions: Public Policy and the Ex-Gay Movement
Christine Robinson, Ph.D.

“It Just Ain’t So”: Debunking the Myth of Gender Polarity
Rev. Deborah L. Johnson

Heterosexism and Transgender Oppression
Virginia Stephenson & Jordan Johnson

The Effects of Homophobic Stress in Childhood and Adolescence on Later Adult Psychological Functioning in Gay Men: A Model for Treatment
Dominic Carbone, Ph.D.

Getting It Straight: Ex-Gay Survivors and Their Therapeutic Needs
Christine Bakke and Jallen Rix, Ed.D.

Media 101: How to Build and Deliver an Effective Message
Brian Winfield

Body & Soul: Integrating Sexuality & Spirituality
Timothy Palmer, M. Div.

Heterosexual Interrupted: What the Ex-Gay Movement Really Means By “Change”
Jim Burroway

Media Access: Getting Through the Noise
Gabriel Arana

Spiritual Self-Defense for LGBT Christians
Rev. Candace Chellew

Queering Youth/Young Adult Activism
Andi Gentile and Asher Kolieboi

Lessons Learned This Weekend: A Conversation About Implementing Effective Strategies In Our Communities
Marsha McDonough, Ph.D.; Paul W. Dodd, D.Min., L.P.C.

Straight Jackets: A Psychiatrist Deconstructs Sexual Conversion Therapies
Jack Drescher, M.D.

For a complete conference schedule, presentation abstracts, and speaker bios go to

To register for the conference, purchase an exhibit table, or become an individual or corporate sponsor, please click here. Early registration continues through October 5, 2009.

The conference is sponsored by Soulforce, Truth Wins Out, the National Black Justice Coalition, Beyond Ex-Gay, Box Turtle Bulletin, and Equality Florida.