From: "Terry Egan" terryegan1@...
Date: Tue May 30, 2006 4:29am(PDT)
Subject: Re: [News/Commentary] [USA] Gender Identity: What Does This Have to
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, "Autumn Sandeen"
> This article is from a recent, Exodus International online
> Youth/Youth Leader Manual
> (<http://www.exodus.to/content/blogcategory/34/182/>; Churches and
> Ministers web section,
> Exodus International describes itself as "...a nonprofit,
> interdenominational Christian organization promoting the message of
> Freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ."
Exodus International sponsors, along with a large number of megachurches
including the Southern Baptist Convention and Focus on the Family, an
organization mentioned in this article called Crossover Ministries. They
specialize in brainwashing TSs into returning to their birth gender. They're
based in Lexington, Ky, just down the road 60 miles from me.
I've been dealing with the wreckage they cause for 10 years now. Regularly,
we hear from people who have entered their program, and have left it, if
they can. Their program is led by a TS named Jerry Leach, who claims to have
been delivered from transition (and evil) by Bible study and discussion. It
hasn't worked, as "Jeri" Leach is often seen in the gay clubs in Lexington.
I've never seen it work for anyone who's tried it. I have, however, seen it
damage people to the point of suicide. It brainwashes a TS into feeling that
they've failed the Lord if they cannot fight the urge to crossdress or
transition, and it almost totally guilt-based. The results: TSs who feel
they've failed the Lord. What bullshit.
It gets worse. The organization also counsels the wives of TSs. If the TS
recidivises, the wife is urged to file for divorce, then funds legal counsel
for the wife. They drag every detail of the divorce out as long as possible,
in order to milk dry the family resources, and force the TS to both lose
child visitation rights AND pay exhorbitant support payments - and even
alimony. They have funded many of the state family court judges' campaigns,
so they get a sympathetic ear. They also use the wives to cause job loss for
the TS, if at all possible, by outing them at work. I've seen TSs robbed of
the ability to keep their jobs, see their kids, and have watched them
functionally run them out of town. I know of several who were financially
ruined, are wanted for back child support payments they couldn't pay in 2
lifetimes, who are living like illegal aliens, working for cash under the
table, all because of Crossover and Leech.
In my experience, fundamentalist Christian organizations have no friggin'
clue what Jesus would really do. I hate Leech and the mayhem hypocrites and
fundies like him, cause. I have no respect for Fundamentalism, whether it is
Christian, Islam, or Judaism, because it is normally used to dominate, to
rule, not to bring good to mankind.