Truth Wins Out
Truth Wins Out (TWO) is a non-profit think tank and educational organization that counters right-wing misinformation campaigns, debunks the ex-gay myth, and provides accurate information about the lives of LGBT people.
- Provide opposition research on the ex-gay industry
- Discredit right wing propaganda
- Educate America about the LGBT community
Started 2 petitions
Tell Kosher.com: Homophobia Is Not Kosher
UPDATE: Kosher.com has responded and agreed to discontinue JONAH's participation in their rewards program. Please click here for more information on the Truth Wins Out website.The online grocery store Kosher.com has allowed the notorious “ex-gay” organization, Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality (JONAH), to take part in a program that will help fund its dangerous “Pray Away the Gay” efforts. Basically, any time a person shops at the online store and types in a special code, this organization gets a cut of the profits. Obviously, every dime that JONAH makes from Kosher.com goes directly into their harmful efforts to “cure” LGBT people.Kosher.com must understand that this partnership is offensive, defamatory and unacceptable. It is our hope that this company is simply unaware of JONAH's unsavory history and has not seen its dishonest and mean-spirited attacks on LGBT people. We can’t imagine Kosher.com giving its imprimatur to a group that purposely uses junk science and discredited therapists to psychologically damage LGBT Orthodox Jews.In a 2001 interview, JONAH’s co-founder, Arthur Abba Goldberg, told The Herald News in Paterson, New Jersey, that homosexuality is the result of “psychological trauma” and that “six months to three years of weekly therapy and prayer can cure it.”In 2007, Abba Goldberg told The Jewish State newspaper that “gays have been led astray in terms of your authenticity to yourself… People are not born gay; there’s no such thing as a gay gene.” He added that all gays “can readapt” from “their gender deficiency.” He then said gay children should be treated the same way as “if a child was addicted to drugs or alcohol.”In 2010, Goldberg spoke at a right wing conference, The Truth Academy, and demonstrated his knack for confusing stereotypes with science:“By the way, did you notice that a lot of gays who remain in the gay lifestyle also do a lot of body building,” said Abba Goldberg. “They will be in the gym a lot trying to build up their pecs…Because they have these body image issues and don’t feel they are masculine enough.”Prior to co-founding JONAH, Abba Goldberg was sent to prison for bilking clients with Wall Street bond schemes. One judge called his crimes, “a conspiratorial fraud of spectacular scope.”Additionally, Alan Downing, JONAH’s lead “therapist”, was recently accused of having clients undress in front of a mirror and touch themselves.Despite Abba Goldberg’s criminal past, offensive views, and fraudulent efforts to “cure” LGBT people with inappropriate quack therapists, Kosher.com has seemingly given JONAH its stamp of approval by allowing it to participate in the company’s affiliate program.It's time to tell Kosher.com that funding homophobia by supporting this dishonest, unsavory and medically unsound group is not kosher. Not even one penny should be funneled to JONAH to assist its bigoted and scientifically bankrupt anti-gay efforts. Demand that Kosher.com drop JONAH from its list of affiliates today!
Demand that Apple remove "ex-gay" iPhone app
Exodus International, the notorious "ex-gay" organization, has just released an iPhone app that, according to its website, is "designed to be a useful resource for men, women, parents, students, and ministry leaders." The Exodus website further boasts that its app received a 4+ rating from Apple, meaning that it contains "no objectionable content." No objectionable content? We beg to differ. Exodus' message is hateful and bigoted. They claim to offer "freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ" and use scare tactics, misinformation, stereotypes and distortions of LGBT life to recruit clients. They endorse the use of so-called "reparative therapy" to "change" the sexual orientation of their clients, despite the fact that this form of "therapy" has been rejected by every major professional medical organization including the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Counseling Association. But reparative therapy isn't just bad medicine -- it's also very damaging to the self-esteem and mental health of its victims. This new iPhone app is the latest move in Exodus' dangerous new strategy of targeting youth. In light of the recent wave of LGBT youth suicides, this tactic is particularly galling as it creates, legitimizes, and fuels the ostracism of LGBT youth by their families. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, LGBT teens who experienced negative feedback from their family were 8 times more likely to have attempted suicide, 6 times as vulnerable to severe depression, and 3 times more likely to use drugs (Caitlin Ryan, San Francisco State University, June 2009). Apple's app guidelines, released last September, detailed rules on how the company decides what can and cannot be sold through its store: "Any app that is defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harms way will be rejected," the company states. Apple doesn't allow racist or anti-Semitic apps in its app store, yet it is giving the green light to an app targeting vulnerable LGBT youth with the message that their sexual orientation is a "sin that will make your heart sick" and a "counterfeit." This is a double standard that has the potential for devastating consequences. Apple needs to be told, loud and clear, that this is unacceptable. Stand with Truth Wins Out -- demand that the iTunes store stop supporting homophobia and remove the Exodus app.