Monthly Archives: April 2013

Nineties poster boy for gay conversion therapy reverts to homosexuality: Husband announces he has left his wife 16 years after starring on Newsweek cover

Ex-Ex Gay: John Paulk, pictured here as he looks today, was once the face of the gay conversion therapy movement

“Ex-Ex Gay: John Paulk, pictured here as he looks today, was once the face of the gay conversion therapy movement

 

A man who was once one of the most visible advocates of so-called gay conversion therapy has now come out as still gay.

You might call John Paulk ex-ex-gay.

In 1998, he appeared on the cover of Newsweek alongside his wife. The headline asked ‘Gay for Life?’

Now estranged from his wife and sporting a much less conservative look, including long blond hair and a deep tan, Paulk seems to have the answer.

And if you haven’t figured it out, it’s a yes.

‘My beliefs have changed,’ Paulk told PQ Monthly, which stands for Proud Queer. ‘Today, I do not consider myself “ex-gay” and I no longer support or promote the movement.’

This is a huge departure from Paulk’s prime ex-gay days, when he founded and ran a ministry called Love Won Out based on what he called ‘reparative therapy.’

The psychology community would now, as much of it did back then, be quick to balk at the idea of using therapy to change one’s sexual orientation.

But Paulk was a true spokesman for the technique and was even chairman of the board of Exodus International, one of the most well-none ex-gay organizations.

Paulk also penned two books on the subject: Not Afraid To Change: The Remarkable Story Of How One Man Overcame Homosexuality and Love Won Out, which he wrote with his wife, who also claimed to have rid herself of her own homosexuality.

 
Then: In 1998, Paulk appeared on the cover of Newsweek touting his belief in conversion therapy and ran a Christian ministry based on those beliefs

Then: In 1998, Paulk appeared on the cover of Newsweek touting his belief in conversion therapy and ran a Christian ministry based on those beliefs

 
Change of mind: Mr Paulk, right, is pictured in drag for a 1990s photoshoot after his conversion

Change of mind: Mr Paulk, right, is pictured in drag for a 1990s photoshoot after his conversion

 

He remained at the forefront of the ex-gay movement until September of 2000, when it was widely reported that the self-proclaimed born-again heterosexual was seen living it up in a Washington, DC gay bar.

Now, the 50-year-old says he’s come along way and apologized for harm he’s done to people close to him and to the LGBT community as a whole.

 
Changed: Paulk wrote two books on gay conversion with wife Ann, pictured, but now makes his living in the catering business

Changed: Paulk wrote two books on gay conversion with wife Ann, pictured, but now makes his living in the catering business

 

‘Please allow me to be clear,’ Paulk said. ‘I do not believe that reparative therapy changes sexual orientation; in fact, it does great harm to many people.’

He later said: ‘I know that countless people were harmed by things I said and did in the past.’

 
 

Paulk’s wife Anne, according to PQ, remains a vocal proponent within the ‘reparative therapy’ movement today.

Paulk now supports himself in the food service industry, running a catering company in Portland, Oregon called Mezzaluna Catering, and says he no longer profits from his former job.

‘I don’t get any royalties from these publications,’ he told PQ Monthly. ‘I discourage anyone from purchasing and selling these books or promoting my “ex-gay” story because they do not reflect who I am now or what I believe today.’”

 

 

Well, what can I say … firstly, good on him for seeing the light, and realising that this is bullsh*t! Secondly, I cannot believe that woman is still part of this. How can you live such a massive lie, and not feel so psychologically damaged and depressed?

Unfortunately, this still goes on (watch the film Bruno!), which is very upsetting and worrying. Things like this should be illegal!! I don’t see the difference between this and back when women had no rights, and would attempt to be cured of ‘hysteria’. What a load of uneducated, ignorant crap!! 

This is why I am an atheist. 

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FACT:

Employees can still be fired in at least 29 states simply for being gay, lesbian, or bisexual and 34 states for being transgender. The Employee Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, is being reintroduced today. LIKE and SHARE if you support equal opportunities for ALL employees!

Marriage Equality

Massive congrats to France today for passing the marriage bill amendment to allow same-sex marriage and adoption!

And a huge congrats to New Zealand, too:
“New Zealand decided that everyone deserves equality and legalized marriage equality. After an amazing final debate and vote, the the people in the galley and many of the members of Parliament decided the next logical thing to do would be to burst into song. So they sang the Maori love song “Pokarekare Ana.” And it’s wonderful. They start singing at 1:20.
The woman who everyone keeps hugging is professional athlete and Member of Parliament Louisa Wall, the representative who sponsored the bill. She also happens to be gay, so this one had some special meaning for her. Bet she would love it if you shared this.”

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Parody of Dove’s new campaign

I posted about Dove’s sketches campaign, and a parody has been created!

“Ogilvy Brazil’s “Real Beauty Sketches” campaign for Dove took the Internet by storm this week with its clever use of a forensics artist to show women that they’re really more beautiful than they think. What would happen if you tried the same experiment on men? Check out the brilliant parody below from New Feelings Time Comedy. Let’s just say guys get the opposite results—but end up getting a little weepy just the same. “Men. You’re less beautiful than you think.” And you ain’t no movie stars.”

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Cute Video of the Day

This is the first video I’ve seen of any animal who likes a hoovver! Hilarious.

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High Schooler Protests ‘Slut-Shaming’ Abstinence Assembly Despite Alleged Threats From Her Principal

“A West Virginia high school student is filing an injunction against her principal, who she claims is threatening to punish her for speaking out against a factually inaccurate abstinence assembly at her school. Katelyn Campbell, who is the student body vice president at George Washington High School, alleges her principal threatened to call the college where she’s been accepted to report that she has “bad character.”

George Washington High School recently hosted a conservative speaker,Pam Stenzel, who travels around the country to advocate an abstinence-only approach to teen sexuality. Stenzel has a long history of using inflammatory rhetoric to convince young people that they will face dire consequences for becoming sexually active. At GW’s assembly, Stenzel allegedly told students that “if you take birth control, your mother probably hates you” and “I could look at any one of you in the eyes right now and tell if you’re going to be promiscuous.” She also asserted that condoms aren’t safe, and every instance of sexual contact will lead to a sexually transmitted infection.

Campbell refused to attend the assembly, which was funded by a conservative religious organization called “Believe in West Virginia” and advertised with fliers that proclaimed “God’s plan for sexual purity.” Instead, she filed a complaint with the ACLU and began to speak out about her objections to this type of school-sponsored event. Campbell called Stenzel’s presentation “slut shaming” and said that it made many students uncomfortable.

GW Principal George Aulenbacher, on the other hand, didn’t see anything wrong with hosting Stenzel. “The only way to guarantee safety is abstinence. Sometimes, that can be a touchy topic, but I was not offended by her,” he told the West Virginia Gazettelast week.

But it didn’t end with a simple difference of opinion among Campbell and her principal. The high school senior alleges that Aulenbacher threatened to call Wellesley College, where Campbell has been accepted to study in the fall, after she spoke to the press about her objections to the assembly. According to Campbell, her principal said, “How would you feel if I called your college and told them what bad character you have and what a backstabber you are?” Campbell alleges that Aulenbacher continued to berate her in his office, eventually driving her to tears. “He threatened me and my future in order to put forth his own personal agenda and make teachers and students feel they cant speak up because of fear of retaliation,” she said of the incident.

 

Despite being threatened, Campbell is not backing down. She hopes that filing this injunction will protect her freedom of speech to continue advocating for comprehensive sexual health resources for West Virginia’s youth. “West Virginia has the ninth highest pregnancy rate in the U.S.,” Campbell told the Gazette. “I should be able to be informed in my school what birth control is and how I can get it. With the policy at GW, under George Aulenbacher, information about birth control and sex education has been suppressed. Our nurse wasn’t allowed to talk about where you can get birth control for free in the city of Charleston.”

Campbell’s complaints about her high school reflect a problematic trend across the country. There are serious consequences when figures like Stenzel repeatedly tell young Americans that contraception isn’t safe. Partly because of the scientific misinformation that often pervades abstinence-only curricula, an estimated 60 percent of young adults are misinformed about birth control’s effectiveness — and some of those teens choose not to use it because they assume it won’t make any difference. Predictably, the states that lack adequate sex ed requirements are also the states that have the highest rates of teen pregnancy and STDs.

Some of Campbell’s fellow students at GW High School are also rallying for her cause. They plan to take up the issue at a local board of education meeting, which is scheduled for Thursday evening.

Via Twitter, Wellesley College has confirmed that Campbell doesn’t need to worry about her spot next year”

 

Good on her! Hate those brain-washing people. What’s wrong with them?!

 

Cute Video of the Day

SO PRECIOUS! :’)

Dove Hires Criminal Sketch Artist to Draw Women as They See Themselves and as Others See Them: Moving work by Ogilvy Brazil

 

“Gil Zamora is an FBI-trained forensics artist with over 3,000 criminal sketches under his belt. Dove and Ogilvy Brazil hired him to interview and draw seven different women—two sketches of each. The first sketch was based on each woman’s personal description of herself. The second was based on a description provided by a stranger the woman had just met. Of course, the differences are vast. Watching these women come face to face with the version of themselves in their mind and the version everyone else sees is extraordinary. It’s one of the most original and touching experiments to come from the Campaign for Real Beauty in ages, because instead of making faux protests or annoying graphic designers with bullshit filters, they’re actually empowering individual women to appreciate their inherent beauty, and in turn, allowing us all to wonder if we’ve been judging ourselves too harshly. Like all of the best work, the commercial elements are barely there. Beyond the logo, Dove doesn’t even attempt to sell soap. Watch the documentary below, and mini-videos of selected women on the web site. Then enjoy the rousing comments section, where people are already attacking Dove for choosing too many skinny, white chicks.”

CREDITS
Client: Dove
Agency: Ogilvy & Mather Brazil
Chief Creative Officer: Anselmo Ramos
Executive Creative Director: Roberto Fernandez /Paco Conde
AD: Diego Machado
CW: Hugo Veiga
Sketch Artist: Gil Zamora
Producer: Veronica Beach
Junior Producer: Renata Neumann
Business Manager: Libby Fine
CEO: Luis Fernando Musa
Group Account Director: Valeria Barone
Account Director: Ricardo Honegger

Production Company: Paranoid US
Director: John X Carey
Executive Producer: Jamie Miller / Claude Letessier
Line Producer: Stan Sawicki
Director of Photography: Ed David

—Long Version
Executive Producer: Jamie Miller / Claude Letessier
Producer: Stan Sawicki
Editor: Phillip Owens
Music: Subtractive
Sound mix: Lime Studio
Composer: Keith Kenniff
Mixer: Sam Casas
Executive Producer: Jessica Locke
Production Sound: Tim O’Malley
Color Grading: Company 3
Colorist: Sean Coleman

—Short Version and Cinema
Editorial Company: Rock Paper Scissor
Executive Producer: Carol Lynn Weaver
Editor: Paul Kumpata
Assistant Editor: Niles Howard
Online: A52
Executive Producer: Megan Meloth
Producer: Jamie McBriety
Music: Subtractive
Composer: Keith Kenniff
Sound mix: Lime Studio
Mixer: Sam Casas
Executive Producer: Jessica Locke
Production Sound: Tim O’Malley
Color Grading: Company 3
Colorist: Sean Coleman

Never really been pulled into Dove’s adverts, but this is pretty cool as an experiment.

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Spectacular frozen waterfall created by resident who left hot tap on ALL winter

“Have you ever wondered what might happen if you leave the tap running for too long at home?

This astonishing frozen waterfall was created out of a building in Jilin city in Jilin province, north-east China, after seventh-floor resident Wen Hsu, 58, left the hot tap on all winter.

He had lived for 35 years in the property scheduled for demolition to make way for a new shopping centre – and when developers managed to buy all the other flats, he was left as the only resident.

As winter approached, Mr Hsu was worried that the uninsulated water pipes running up through the unused and unheated flats below him would freeze, leaving him without running water. 

 
Waterfall

Amazing: This spectacular frozen waterfall was created out of a building in Jilin city in Jilin, China, after the owner left the hot tap running

So in order to keep the temperature of the pipes above freezing he simply switched on the tap – and then diverted the warm water to flow down the side of the building.

He said: ‘The water running into the pipe is from underground where it is above freezing and that is stopping the water pipes in my house from freezing. If that had happened I really would have had to move out. They want me to move.

‘But what they were offering was not enough for me to get another place so I’m refusing to leave. I don’t have anywhere to go anyway.’

Ironically the spectacular waterfall has now drawn attention to his case in international media and council officials are urging developers to settle the matter so that the project can move on.

Mr Hsu said: ‘The weather is warmer now so there is no danger of the pipes freezing – although I think it might take a while for the waterfall to melt.

‘In any case I understand the developers may be prepared to make me a better offer now – I hope so. It is very lonely here in my apartment with nobody else around.’

 
High up: Mr Hsu had lived for 35 years in the property scheduled for demolition to make way for a new shopping centre - and when developers managed to buy all the other flats, he was left as the only resident

High up: Mr Hsu had lived for 35 years in the property scheduled for demolition to make way for a new shopping centre – and when developers managed to buy all the other flats, he was left as the only resident

 
Frozen: In order to keep the temperature of the pipes above freezing Mr Hsu simply switched on the tap - and then diverted the warm water to flow down the side of the building

Frozen: In order to keep the temperature of the pipes above freezing Mr Hsu simply switched on the tap – and then diverted the warm water to flow down the side of the building”

 

If this was published on April 1st, I wouldn’t believe it!

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Westboro Baptist Church threatens to picket funerals of those slain at the Boston Marathon

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In the hours since the two explosions rocked the streets of Boston, messages of love and support have saturated the internet — but these inspiring and compassionate posts were not universal.

In fact, the commentary streaming across the Twitter feed of the Westboro Baptist Church was both hostile and hateful.

The Westboro Baptist Church, based in Topeka, Kansas, is a small, virulently homophobic, anti-Semitic hate group that regularly stages protests or pickets institutions and individuals they think support homosexuality or otherwise subvert what they believe is God’s law. 

WBC even protested the funerals of children who were slain in the horrific Newtown shootings this past December.

Given their history, perhaps it should come as no surprise that members of the Westboro Baptist Church have vowed to picket the funerals of those killed at the Boston Marathon today.

In one tweet, the church wrote, “God sent the Boston Marathon Bombs for the sin of Massachusetts passing same-sex marriage!””

 

One word: freaks.

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