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Our America with Lisa Ling aired “Pray The Gay Away” on the Oprah Winfrey Network on Tuesday and the gay blogs have been abuzz about the way Ling presented the episode. (Queer Corner’s own blog post on the subject also saw some heated dialogue.)

The episode profiled Alan Chambers, a leader of an ex-gay ministry called Exodus International who used to be gay, but claims he’s a successful product of the ex-gay movement. They basically believe people can pray for God to make them straight while going through a support group program that rids people of homosexuality, much like the “Freedom Conference,” which was featured on the show. Ling also spoke with a 26-year-0ld man named Ethan who was going through the program.

Also featured was a lesbian named Janet Boynes who started her own ex-gay ministry, that includes a young man named Christian, a former drag queen and gay male stripper.

Many thought Ling presented the story as if both sides were equally right, when group’s like the American Psychological Association have gone on record condemning the practices of ex-gay ministries and saying their actually damaging the mental health of their participants.

After the show Oprah’s bestie Gayle King featured the segment “Pray the Gay Away: The Conversation Continues” one her show where she talked with people on both sides of the issue. You can watch a piece of that show below. You can also watch full episodes of both shows HERE.

Did you watch? What do you think? Did Ling get it right?

Our America with Lisa Ling airs 10 p.m. EST/9 p.m. CST on OWN. (Check your local listings.)

P.S. Here’s GLAAD’s official statement on the show. It isn’t good either.

UPDATE (3/13): Truth Wins Out produced a piece that tears apart Ling’s segment flaw by flaw.

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Comments on: "Lisa Ling’s ‘Pray The Gay Away’ aftermath" (3)

  1. Tiffany Bowen said:

    Here’s the thing: I’m sure that if you want to force yourself to be someone you aren’t, it’s completely possible (people do it everyday). If someone doesn’t feel comfortable being gay, it isn’t because they need to “pray it away”, it’s because the people around them are not helping them to feel comfortable with who they are .

    I’ve heard people compare homosexuality to pedophilia, beastiality, alcoholism, prostitution, and even kleptomania (though those people are not denied any rights like gays are), but those people are incorrect in their thinking. Homosexuality is love. It’s forming a relationship with someone who happens to be the of the same sex. We’re taught from young children that love is never wrong.

    How damaging is it to let someone know that the love they feel for another human being (someone of age, and consenting by the way), is just wrong? That person may do all of the things required to “change” their orientation, but they aren’t changing. They’re just becoming someone they aren’t. And let me tell you, after a while of living like that, a person becomes very unhappy with their life and fails to live it to the fullest potential that God wanted them to when He created them.

    The issue with homosexuality and the war being waged against them is simply one of respect. If we could all learn to respect each other and put our minds together to create a better future for everyone instead of worrying about whether love is right or wrong (isn’t that ridiculous!?), imagine how amazing our world could be.

    Just a humble opinion of an optimistic leader looking to make the world a better place.

  2. “love” is never wrong. I Corinthians 13 spells out what love is. Love is not selfish and not rude.
    Jesus tells us that in order to follow Him, you must take up your cross and follow Him. Whoever loves his family, and his OWN LIFE more than Christ cannot be His disciple.

  3. […] Ling finally speaks out about her controversial “Pray the Gay Away?” […]

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