Exodus International, the preeminent organization involved in the dangerous practices of so-called “ex-gay reparative therapy,” took a very important step this week in response to the tragic barrage of gay suicides across the nation. Exodus announced that they are parting ways with the controversial Day of Truth event that they have managed for the last five years. This event was created to counter the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network’s (GLSEN) Day of Silence, which aims to bring attention to the bullying epidemic.
The Day of Truth was started by the anti-gay Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) after a California high school student wore a t-shirt to school on the Day of Silence that said “I Will Not Accept What God Has Condemned” on the front and “Homosexuality Is Shameful, Romans 1:27” on the back. He was asked to remove the shirt and the next day he wore another shirt saying "Be Ashamed. Our School Embraced What God Has Condemned."
The Day of Truth toned down its rhetoric, but the goal of the event is to target students who are perceived to be gay with the message that they can change their sexual orientation through Christ.
With Exodus handing control of the event back to the Alliance Defense Fund, there is a very real chance that this adversarial anti-gay event could be abolished. The Day of Truth Website has been stripped down and right now ADF is deciding whether to continue or end this event. Let's help them make the right decision. Please sign this petition telling ADF to dissolve the Day of Truth. This is a time to focus on how to end the bullying epidemic and ending this divisive day would be a very positive step in making students feel more comfortable in school.
With your help, ADF will follow Exodus International’s lead and make the right decision for the safety of our young people.
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