Much has been written about this topic. It’s why Chick-Fil-A has fallen into controversy (at least among those who are lgbt or allies) as of late.
If you haven’t heard, WinShape is the charitable arm of Chick-Fil-A. I fully believe that a number of their initiatives are just and kind and helpful, such as their longtime sponsorship of orphanages and marriage counseling.
Of course, that’s heterosexual marriage counseling, but you knew that.
The real problem lies in the causes that WinShape doles out its own money to, namely the controversial organization for “ex-homosexuals,” a term that itself is up for much debate.
I could spill much ink about this issue, but plenty of others have written about it previously in much better prose than I can manage here. I suggest checking out the primary sources themselves, the Exodus International website (http://exodusinternational.org/) and the American Psychological Association’s information on Sexual Orientation (http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/just-the-facts.aspx). If you want more information on the “ex-homosexual” movement, you can either look at the EI site, or try the resources gathered by ExGayWatch.com, a site chronicling the ex-gay movement and its actions (http://www.exgaywatch.com/wp/2005/10/exodus-internat-2/).
I know some of the people that may read this now or in the future may be very partial to CFA and WinShape. I know already that some of my former coworkers appear to be reading this. All I have for them, and others like them, are questions:
- What causes same-sex attraction?
- Why do you think the APA believes that homosexuality is not a mental disorder, as many used to and still insist?
- How would you feel if someone tried to alter something at the very core of your being, such as your heterosexuality?
- Do you feel your gay friends (if you have them) are happy? Why or why not?
- Are they any more or less happy than you and those like you are?
- Are they worthy of the same protections by law that you have? Why or why not?