Given my various interests (boy is that gonna seem like a loaded opening), it's probably no surprise that I try to keep an ear tuned to the low grade buzz over ex-gays. Like many gay people, I find the Ex-gay Ministries disturbing, unhappy outgrowths of the highly discredited movement to convince gays that they can "change," and become straight, and that this is a healthy, normal thing to do.
This used to come up a lot over at Lucianne.com when I first joined up - someone would post some sort of anti-gay hysteria (there was more of it in the mid-nineties, before various right wing gay scandals happened and gay marriage took over their consciousness), and then some occasionally well meaning, but usually prejudiced and angry, soul would say "it's just a choice" and cite the notion that dozens, nay, hundreds, had gone the other way.
I always like to answer these things, because the numbers game was the really funny part. I'd point out that there were thousands and thousands of gay people who had absolutely no interest in changing, that they felt just fine the way they were, thank you very much, and it was foolish to believe that gay people would just go away or become straight. I think, gradually, some of that sunk in; at the vry least, I got some people to realize that ther conceptions of what being gay was could probably be defined as limited.
But the Ex-gay Ministries have played funny games with those perceptions, giving a new legitimacy to the old claims... and now, a new study has come out with some curious claims about the potential for change.