NEW YORK — Truth Wins Out expressed disgust today for disparaging remarks made about gay life by “ex-gay” leader Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International. On Fox’ Mike and Juliet morning show, Chambers asserted that a life of true happiness and fulfillment are only attainable within the confines of heterosexuality and that gay life is “empty.
“What I found was that homosexuality was for the young,” said Chambers on the national television show. “There was a time when I wasn’t going to have hair anymore. There was a time when I wasn’t going to work out every day, and lay out in the sun, and be as much a commodity as I was when I was eighteen.”
“It is sad that Exodus must resort to crass stereotypes and scare tactics to recruit new victims,” said Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out. “Just like heterosexuals, gay people can find happiness in all stages of life. We call on Chambers to apologize for his cheap demagoguery and mean spirited distortions.”
Chambers further explains of being gay, “It was in conflict with who I wanted to be, everything I thought – was everything I wanted to be in my life. I wanted to be a husband, a father, you name it.”
“Gay and lesbian Americans have contributed much to the world and have raised successful families – so I am not sure where Chambers gets his information,” said Besen. “I invite him to meet some GLBT families in the hope that once he educates himself his divisive rhetoric will cease.”
Truth Wins OUT is a non-profit organization that counters right wing propaganda, exposes the “ex-gay” myth and educates America about gay life. For more information, visit www.TruthWinsOut.org.