Reports & Research

Calculated compassion: How the ex-gay movement serves the right’s attack on democracy

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September 30, 1998

By appealing to people’s fear of homosexuality, the Christian right’s ex-gay organizations:

  • Manipulate political forces within the Republican party;

  • Exploit social pressures to conform to dominant culture; and

  • Exploit spiritual conflict among LGBT people.

The partnership between ex-gay organizations and the Christian right represents a serious threat not only to lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender people but to democracy and diversity in the United States.