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| style="padding:15px;" |''We affirmed the right of people to make those choices but said, “We are here to stand for the right of individuals with unwanted same gender attraction to pursue other avenues besides embracing a homosexual identity and way of life. We are not here to coerce anyone to make changes they don’t want to make. ...By placing ourselves in the pathway of people who have opposing views, we are showing that we are real people representing a view that is not malicious to personal freedom but rather dignifies individual choice.''”<div style="padding-left:40px;">&mdash; Jeralee Smith<ref name="Smith24072014"/></div>
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'''NEA Ex-Gay Educators' Caucus''' is an authentic recognized NEA caucus merely working within the [[NEA]] organization in order to educate the NEA concerning the existence of [[ex-homosexual|former homosexuals]].<ref>{{cite web |title=Teachers' Union Recognizes 'Ex-Gay' Educators |author=Susan Jones |publisher=CNSNews.com |date=7 Jul 2008 |url=http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/teachers-union-recognizes-ex-gay-educators |quote=A group of "ex-gay" educators has officially registered with the nation's largest teachers union, thus ensuring that its views will be heard. The Ex-Gay Educators' Caucus has joined the many other "registered" caucuses that lobby the National Education Association to make policy changes. "We regard it as their right to lobby the NEA," said NEA spokesperson Kathleen Lyons in a press release confirming the registration of the Ex-Gay Educators' Caucus. Lyons added that official recognition of the Ex-Gay Educators does not mean that the National Education Association endorses the group's viewpoint. In fact, the NEA has promoted a booklet that argues against the possibility of changing one's sexual orientation. By registering the "ex-gay" group, the NEA settles a long-simmering dispute. As CNSNews.com reported last year, an "ex-gay" group (PFOX) accused the NEA of discrimination for denying PFOX space at the 2002 NEA convention in Dallas and then again at the 2003 NEA convention in New Orleans. At the time, PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays) said the NEA was trying to silence ex-gay schoolteachers - while allowing pro-homosexual groups to distribute literature and other information at the NEA conventions. PFOX even filed a complaint with the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights. Jeralee Smith, chair of the new Ex-Gay Educators' Caucus, said the group hopes to educate the NEA about the needs of ex-gay students and teachers. "We feel that this group can help educate the NEA concerning the existence of former homosexuals," Smith said. Smith said the caucus plans to apply for exhibit space at this summer's NEA convention in Washington, D.C. It has just set up a website, promising "more information to follow." |accessdate=17 Jul 2017}}</ref>  The caucus believes that in [[same-sex attraction]], the [[ABC Theory of Emotion|feelings]] truly are real and that the choice comes in what a person does with those feelings. Instead of saying that if you have same-sex attraction, you are destined for that pathway and there is nothing you can do about it, caucus mission is to say that if you have the feelings, but you’re looking down that pathway and you don’t like where it’s taking you, there’s hope. Thousands of people have changed, each with their own different/personal story of how they came away from homosexuality.
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==Core beliefs==
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The caucus is not saying that every gay person needs to change, but that:
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*1. People deserve to hear all the facts so they can make their own decisions.
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*2. For those who truly want change, change is possible.<ref>{{cite web |title=FAQ |author=Susan Halvorson |publisher=Voice of the Voiceless |date=24 Jul 2014 |url=https://nea-exgay.org/faq/ |accessdate=17 Jul 2017}}</ref>
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==Founder and Chair==
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The Founder of the NEA Ex-Gay Educators' Caucus is Jeralee Smith. Susan Halvorson is the Chair.
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==Topics of materials==
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The caucus' materials addressed bullying in schools; children being raised in same sex homes; health concerns of homosexuals; results of research studies; and other related issues.
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==Definition of Ex-gay==
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The caucus defines an ‘exgay’ as “a person with unwanted same gender attractions who does not want to embrace a homosexual identity. They provide the personal stories and research which support thier viewpoint.
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<ref name="Smith24072014">{{cite web |title=Ex-Gay Educators Caucus Report from the 2014 NEA Annual Conference |author=Jeralee Smith |publisher=Voice of the Voiceless |date=24 Jul 2014 |url=https://www.voiceofthevoiceless.info/ex-gay-educators-caucus-report-from-the-2014-nea-annual-conference |accessdate=17 Jul 2017}}</ref>
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== References ==
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{{Reflist}}
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== See also ==
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*[[ABC Theory of Emotion]]
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*[[Denials that ex-homosexuals exist]]
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*[[Ideomotor effect]]
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*[[Sexual disorientation]]
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[[Category:Ex-Homosexuals]]
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[[Category:Organizations]]

Revision as of 09:55, 17 July 2017

View that is not malicious to personal freedom
We affirmed the right of people to make those choices but said, “We are here to stand for the right of individuals with unwanted same gender attraction to pursue other avenues besides embracing a homosexual identity and way of life. We are not here to coerce anyone to make changes they don’t want to make. ...By placing ourselves in the pathway of people who have opposing views, we are showing that we are real people representing a view that is not malicious to personal freedom but rather dignifies individual choice.
— Jeralee Smith[1]

NEA Ex-Gay Educators' Caucus is an authentic recognized NEA caucus merely working within the NEA organization in order to educate the NEA concerning the existence of former homosexuals.[2] The caucus believes that in same-sex attraction, the feelings truly are real and that the choice comes in what a person does with those feelings. Instead of saying that if you have same-sex attraction, you are destined for that pathway and there is nothing you can do about it, caucus mission is to say that if you have the feelings, but you’re looking down that pathway and you don’t like where it’s taking you, there’s hope. Thousands of people have changed, each with their own different/personal story of how they came away from homosexuality.

Core beliefs

The caucus is not saying that every gay person needs to change, but that:

  • 1. People deserve to hear all the facts so they can make their own decisions.
  • 2. For those who truly want change, change is possible.[3]

Founder and Chair

The Founder of the NEA Ex-Gay Educators' Caucus is Jeralee Smith. Susan Halvorson is the Chair.

Topics of materials

The caucus' materials addressed bullying in schools; children being raised in same sex homes; health concerns of homosexuals; results of research studies; and other related issues.

Definition of Ex-gay

The caucus defines an ‘exgay’ as “a person with unwanted same gender attractions who does not want to embrace a homosexual identity. They provide the personal stories and research which support thier viewpoint. [1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Jeralee Smith (24 Jul 2014). Ex-Gay Educators Caucus Report from the 2014 NEA Annual Conference. Voice of the Voiceless. Retrieved on 17 Jul 2017.
  2. Susan Jones (7 Jul 2008). Teachers' Union Recognizes 'Ex-Gay' Educators. CNSNews.com. Retrieved on 17 Jul 2017. “A group of "ex-gay" educators has officially registered with the nation's largest teachers union, thus ensuring that its views will be heard. The Ex-Gay Educators' Caucus has joined the many other "registered" caucuses that lobby the National Education Association to make policy changes. "We regard it as their right to lobby the NEA," said NEA spokesperson Kathleen Lyons in a press release confirming the registration of the Ex-Gay Educators' Caucus. Lyons added that official recognition of the Ex-Gay Educators does not mean that the National Education Association endorses the group's viewpoint. In fact, the NEA has promoted a booklet that argues against the possibility of changing one's sexual orientation. By registering the "ex-gay" group, the NEA settles a long-simmering dispute. As CNSNews.com reported last year, an "ex-gay" group (PFOX) accused the NEA of discrimination for denying PFOX space at the 2002 NEA convention in Dallas and then again at the 2003 NEA convention in New Orleans. At the time, PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays) said the NEA was trying to silence ex-gay schoolteachers - while allowing pro-homosexual groups to distribute literature and other information at the NEA conventions. PFOX even filed a complaint with the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights. Jeralee Smith, chair of the new Ex-Gay Educators' Caucus, said the group hopes to educate the NEA about the needs of ex-gay students and teachers. "We feel that this group can help educate the NEA concerning the existence of former homosexuals," Smith said. Smith said the caucus plans to apply for exhibit space at this summer's NEA convention in Washington, D.C. It has just set up a website, promising "more information to follow."”
  3. Susan Halvorson (24 Jul 2014). FAQ. Voice of the Voiceless. Retrieved on 17 Jul 2017.

See also