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‘Ex-Gay’ Group Stages Rally at Texas University, and Almost No One Shows Up

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By John Wright

An “ex-gay” group called Broken Walls Ministries staged a rally at Texas A&M International University in Laredo on Tuesday, June 5.

According to The Laredo Morning Times, 45 people showed up for the event, which was billed as a question-and-answer session titled, “Can Homosexuals (LGBTQ) Change?” However, in the screen grab above from KGNS-TV‘s report—as well as in a photo on the Morning Times’ website—the crowd looks considerably smaller.

In fact, a campus LGBTQ Pride event organized in response to the “ex-gay” rally appears to have drawn more people:

Screengrab via KGNS-TV

After Broken Walls Ministries took out an ad promoting the rally in the Morning Times, pro-LGBTQ groups gathered 400 signatures on a petition calling on the university to cancel it:

The university president responded in a statement saying that while the “ex-gay” rally was not consistent with the school’s values, the administration would allow it to go forward:

Sadly, local news outlets including KGNS-TV and the Morning Times chose to focus heavily on the “ex-gay” event, without even attempting to counter Broken Walls Ministries’ dangerous, discredited claims. Virtually all of the major medical and mental health organizations have come out against so-called “ex-gay” therapy, from the American Psychological Association to the American Medical Association and the American Counseling Association.

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John Wright

John Wright is the editor of OutSmart magazine. He has spent two decades in the mainstream and LGBTQ media. Most recently, he served as senior editor of Dallas Voice, and covered LGBTQ issues in the state Legislature for The Texas Observer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Wright earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He resides in the EaDo area of Houston, where he is currently remodeling a 1930s row house.
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