Watch: Dan Savage On Ending 'Ex-Gay' Camps

6.14.2013

By Andrew Belonsky

Journalist suggests putting a sign in the heavens.

Speaking at Rhodes College in Memphis recently, Dan Savage was asked what can be done to prevent children from being sent to "ex-gay" conversion camps. While Savage admits there's limited wiggle room for stopping such abuse, he did suggest that opponents of such camps follow his and his Seattle-based allies' approach.

When Ken Hutcherson, a virulently anti-gay pastor, held an "ex-gay" event at Safeco Field, Savage had a plane fly ahead with a banner reading, "Bigots out of our ballpark." And, yes, they are bigots, Savage says, because people like Hutcherson don't believe that gay people deserve the right to exist. We should just "change" our gay ways and be straight. An anti-Semite with the same philosophy would force all Jewish people to convert to Christianity, he says.

Savage goes on to suggest that Memphis residents do the same above nearby ex-gay camp called Love in Action, and the journalist even proposed this hypothetical banner's wording: "Jesus loves you and one day you'll be out of there." It would "literally be a sign in the heavens."

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