X’ed Out What if they gave an “ex-gay” rally and no one came? That’s pretty much what happened when a group calling itself Changed held a “Freedom March” in Washington in June. Everything was in place—an imposing stage from which to address the multitudes; a band blasting rock music as if to a throng—everything, that is, except the throng. There weren’t even any counter-protesters to justify all the hype—a sure sign of a flop. Oh, a few “ex-gay” participants did show up and can be seen dancing in the vast plaza that was rented with such high hopes, though most of them were passers-by, according to reports. Organizer Elizabeth Woning tried to put a positive spin on things (“testimonials were shared”), but couldn’t explain the low turnout. So try this on for size: the target market for this rally, people who identify as “ex-gay,” essentially doesn’t exist. And even if there are a few who inhabit some corner of the Internet, they sure aren’t out and proud about it.
Published in: September-October 2021 issue.