Mathew Shurka, Ex-Gay Reparative Therapy Patient, Gives Emotional Video Testimony


An emotional video testimony from a gay man who claims to have undergone reparative or “ex-gay conversion” therapy as a teenager is making the blogosphere rounds.

Originally posted on Truth Wins Out, the clip features frank commentary from New York City resident Mathew Shurka, who says he was subjected to reparative therapy in California for five years, starting at age 16 after coming out to his father.

“[The reparative therapist] gave my father and [me] a guarantee that I’d be straight in six weeks,” Shurka, now 24, says. “It was pretty horrible — it was basically living the life of how to become straight based off of stereotypes.”

After five years of therapy, Shurka says he was dating someone and “no where near being straight or changed at all,” noting that the procedures were “traumatic” and “lingered in him for a few years.”  FULL POST


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“Ex-Gay” Myth and Exodus International

On the verge of financial collapse, the world’s largest “ex-gay” ministry, Exodus International, held an emergency meeting in New York City on Nov. 16, 2011.  At the clandestine gathering, Exodus President Alan Chambers emphasized making the organization more donor accessible by re-branding it into “something more palatable to those with funds to give, and the general public alike.”

Chambers’ first stab at this cynical strategy occurred in January at the Gay Christian Network‘s annual conference. While on stage in Orlando, Chambers tried to convince people that Exodus has altered its hateful and harmful ways and gone mainstream.


The problem is, it’s not true.

TWO’s Special Report uncovers Chambers’ deliberate campaign of misinformation and proves that Exodus has not mended its message, nor its misleading rhetoric designed to trick potential clients into believing that they can “change” from gay-to-straight.

Please consider reading our Special Report and passing it along to friends, as well as “liking” it on Facebook.


Fight back against Exodus’ lies in Atlanta:

Exodus is bringing its “ex-gay” roadshow to Atlanta this month. Join us in countering their misinformation campaign


‘Love Won Out’ community meeting

Thursday, Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m.

Lutheran Church of the Redeemer

731 Peachtree St., Atlanta, GA 30308

(Sponsored by: The Queer Justice League, the Southern Poverty Law Center, GetEqual and Truth Wins Out)


Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Midway Church

3915 Carrollton-Villa Rica Highway

Villa Rica, GA 30180

TWO’s Wayne Besen and Rachel Maddow

Wayne Besen of "TWO" and Rachel Maddow (MSNBC)

Last night, TWO’s Wayne Besen appeared on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show to discuss how former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney indirectly helpedfund so-called “pray away the gay” therapy.

The Tyler Charitable Foundation, set up and funded by the Romneys, donated $10,000 in 2006 to the Massachusetts Family Institute, which promotes the ex-gay programs. The charity also donated $25,000 to the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which opposes marriage equality and has compared LGBT activists to the terrorist group al Qaeda.

Watch Maddow Video HERE

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