Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, May 28, 2006 - Religion - 293 pages
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Every year, hundreds of gay men and lesbians join ex-gay ministries in an attempt to convert to non-homosexual Christian lives. In this fascinating study of the transnational ex-gay movement, Tanya Erzen focuses on the everyday lives of men and women at New Hope Ministry, a residential ex-gay program, over the course of several years. Straight to Jesus traces the stories of people who have renounced long-term relationships and moved from other countries out of a conviction that the conservative Christian beliefs of their upbringing and their own same-sex desires are irreconcilable. Rather than definitively changing from homosexual to heterosexual, the participants experience a conversion that is both sexual and religious as born-again evangelical Christians. At New Hope, they maintain a personal relationship with Jesus and build new forms of kinship and belonging. By becoming what they call "new creations," these men and women testify to religious transformation rather than changes in sexual desire or behavior. Straight to Jesus exposes how the Christian Right attempts to repudiate gay identity and political rights by using the ex-gay movement as evidence that “change is possible.” Instead, Erzen reveals, the realities of the lives she examines actually undermine this anti-gay strategy.
  

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Review: Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement

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I read it as course-literature in social anthropology and it's truly an interesting piece of field-work in that sense! The author gives a non-believers perspective on a very religious community that ... Read full review

Review: Straight to Jesus: Sexual and Christian Conversions in the Ex-Gay Movement

User Review  - David - Goodreads

I read it as course-literature in social anthropology and it's truly an interesting piece of field-work in that sense! The author gives a non-believers perspective on a very religious community that ... Read full review

Contents

1 Steps Out of Homosexuality
22
2 New Creations
52
3 A Refuge from the World
85
4 Arrested Development
126
5 Testifying to Sexual Healing
160
6 Love Won Out?
183
Walking in a Dark Room
216
Acknowledgments
231
Notes
235
Bibliography
259
Index
273
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About the author (2006)

Tanya Erzen is Assistant Professor of Comparative Studies at Ohio State University. She is the coeditor of Zero Tolerance: Quality of Life and the New Police Brutality in New York City (2001).

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