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Post Reply Would you have a problem if a friend told you they were "ex-gay"?
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You ever meet people who claim to be ex-gay or ex-bi... either through will power or through God?

Being at a christian school, I've seen and heard of many and some I actually know. And for the most part, seeing the whole "before and after" type thing. They all seem happier. I mean.. I question the methods of some of them, but I can't help but believe them after seeing a miserable person turning happy. Of course, I don't believe everyone who makes that claim
And based on the internet, I seem to be in a minority. As many people don't react that way at all, and I'm one of the few people who have a balanced approach to the issue

You know... here's a trick. Look up "ex-gay" on youtube, click any random video and stop it and just read the comments.
I guarantee you each of the comments will be in five categories
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lol, what?
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lol, what?


Just wondering how people would react to a minority group that's not widely sympathized with
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Is that your reaction to my thread or what your reaction would be if a friend told you they were ex-gay?
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Social rehabilitation of those persons must be something that people must respect , it does not matter if they were gay, KKK, Neo Nazi, or Scientologist everyone have the right for a second chance, no one is perfect, and the society reconcile it the most common case is social rehabilitation by Alcoholics Anonymous. far worse case is prison.
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Social rehabilitation of those persons must be something that people must respect , it does not matter if they were gay, KKK, Neo Nazi, or Scientologist everyone have the right for a second chance, no one is perfect, and the society reconcile it the most common case is social rehabilitation by Alcoholics Anonymous. far worse case is prison.


So what exactly do you mean by giving them "social rehabilitation"
Can't really tell if you're for or against ex-gays by that statement
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Is that your reaction to my thread or what your reaction would be if a friend told you they were ex-gay?


Mostly my reaction to you.
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silversongwriter wrote:

Is that your reaction to my thread or what your reaction would be if a friend told you they were ex-gay?


Mostly my reaction to you.


Well... That happens to be my reaction to corn flakes. I hate them
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Well... That happens to be my reaction to corn flakes. I hate them


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Ehhmm
Doesn't look like anyone else will say it, so here.
I'm pretty sure it's not possible to be "ex-gay".
You either are or you aren't.

As for your friends seeming happier, think about it like this:
If you were constantly getting bashed on by your own "friends" and "family" for wearing your favorite shirt
&when you finally took it off &put on one they bought for you, you started getting compliments.
Would you not be happy with the change of atmosphere?

On one hand, nobody throws you any weird disapproving looks. On the other hand you no longer get to wear your favorite shirt.
It's a momentary happiness.
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Idk...I'm open minded to other people and how they express themselves. I would just go with whatever they choose to do. It's their lives, their decision and as long as it's not physically or mentally harming anyone else I am fine with it.
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My attitude is generally "If they're happy, they're not making me unhappy." I have no problem with gays. I have no problem with ex-gays. I have no problem with bisexuals, transgendered people, or people who actively identify as straight. I don't know what's actually going on in their heads, so all I can do is take their word that they're happy and let them do their thing. It's not really any of my business.

But I do think they're wrong. Speaking purely for myself, I can't relate to sexuality and gender identity being an issue. It just doesn't strike me as an important aspect of someone's identity. I think it's a mistake for people to identify too closely with their sexuality, because at its core, it's a pretty trivial thing. But in the end, its up to them, and if they're happy as they are, I'm certainly not going to try and disrupt that.

So, to directly answer the question posed in the thread's title, I would kind of have a problem, but not with that friend personally. I'd just have a problem understanding why they even care who they're attracted to.
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