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LGBT-Inclusive Retreat, "Ex-Gay" Conference to Be Held
Just Days Apart

LGBT-Inclusive Retreat, "Ex-Gay" Conference to Be Held
Just Days Apart

For a few days next week, Charlotte, N.C., will play host to two fundamentally opposed conferences, both concerning LGBT people.

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For a few days next week, Charlotte, N.C., will play host to two fundamentally opposed conferences, both concerning LGBT people.

First, the 2009 Leadership Retreat, cosponsored by Unity Fellowship and the Metropolitan Community Church, will be held February 18-21. The Leadership Retreat is focused on the idea that "God is love and love is for everyone," and the two Christian groups sponsoring the retreat are known for their inclusiveness of LGBT people within their communities and their ministries.

Ironically, the day that retreat ends, a second group will be setting up camp for a few days in Charlotte. Focus on the Family will be holding its "ex-gay" Love Won Out Conference beginning February 21. Love Won Out preaches the idea that those struggling with same-sex attractions are facing a challenge to convert to heterosexuality, and that through prayer, gay desires can be overcome. Not only will the conference have an audience in Charlotte, Focus on the Family has paid for the event to be aired on GOD TV, giving the message a national audience, according to a press release from the opposing group Truth Wins Out.

LGBT people as well as many allies are outraged at the "ex-gay" group 's conference and the national television attention it will garner.

Citizens of Charlotte in particular have chosen to take action at the grassroots level to express their disapproval of the Love Won Out message. The Charlotte Rainbow Action Network for Equality as planned a full week of events, beginning February 14, leading up to the Focus on the Family conference. The concern of CRANE, as well as other gay rights groups and activists, is that the presence of an "ex-gay" conference sends a potentially damaging message to children and LGBT people in Charlotte and across the country. (Shannon Connolly, Advocate.com)

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