The podcast news report about Zach’s blogswarm is now available at PlanetOut. You’ll need RealPlayer or Windows Media Player to listen to it. (Warning, I don’t think it supports Mac. So you might want to try my previous post if your on a Mac.)
Not much in the way of updates on Zach, but people are still writing about his story, and illuminating just what programs like Love In Action are like, in a way that I don’t think has been done on the scale that it’s being done now. In particular, the outright wackiness of these folks is coming to light, and even I’m hearing things I’ve never heard before. (And I’ve heard a lot.)
The Queer Action Coalition returned to protest outside LIA headquarters this week, complete with protest pictures. QAC also provides a link to the website where LIA gets some of the “statistics” they quote on the Refuge site. The front page of the site includes this little gem.
Medical research now shows that homosexuality and gender identity disorder may be caused by SOY TOXINS and environmental poisons! Are you choosing your child’s sexuality for him/her?
Got that? Tofu can turn your kid queer.
Also, in Bay Windows Susan Ryan-Vollmar interviews Wade Richards, ex-ex-gay and former participant in Love In Action (before the Refuge program started). Richards offers an inside view of Love In Action that leaves little doubt that this is a program that no child should be subjected to, let alone by their parents.
Here’s his description of his entry into the program.
I went to Love in Action and was scared to death. I had no clue what I was getting involved in. In the first 10 minutes, I was there they take you upstairs and meticulously pick through everything you’ve brought to make an inventory. They began to take my clothes and say they were FIs, which are False Images which they believe will hinder you in your recovery from homosexuality. They took pictures, everything. They literally strip you of everything that you are to get you to that vulnerable state to make you realize that life as you know it is not going to be the same. [emphasis added]
You can read more about Wade’s story here.