Who We Are

This website is created by a group of Conversion Therapy survivors, former conversion therapy leaders, friends, and allies:

Norman Birthmark


He was referred to an 'ex-gay' ministry, The Portland Fellowship, in 1995 after confessing his 'struggle with sexuality' at age 19. After two years in conversion therapy, he started a Yahoo! group for survivors and now participates in several "ex-ex-gay" Facebook groups. He resides in Portland, Oregon, with his partner and three (or more) cats.

Michael Bussee


In the mid-1970s, while working as a telephone counselor at Melodyland Christian Center in Anaheim, California, Michael Bussee co-founded the Ex-gay Intervention Team (EXIT) and later hosted an unprecedented conference of ex-gay ministries at which a handful of ministry leaders and approximately 60 delegates voted to form a coalition called Exodus. Within a few years, he began to doubt the efficacy and ethics of the ex-gay message and quietly left Exodus. Today Michael devotes much of his time to helping LGBT people heal from the trauma they faced from the Christian anti-gay message.

Liz Dryer

LIZ DYER Facebook

A friend and family member of LGBT+ people. As the mom of a gay son she is passionate about playing a part in making the world a kinder and safer place for all LGBT+ people. She owns and manages a private Facebook support group for moms of LGBT+ kids who want to develop and maintain healthy relationships with their LGBT+ kids. She is married with two sons and resides in Fort Worth, Texas.

If you are interested in joining the Facebook support group send an email:

James Guay

JAMES GUAY website Facebook YouTube telephone 310-405-0840

A survivor of SOCE, James is now a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (#mft39252), providing LGBTQ Affirmative Psychotherapy for individuals and couples at his West Hollywood office.

David Shelton


A small business owner in Clarksville, Tennessee. He spent years struggling with his sexual orientation until finally coming to terms at the age of 30. During that time, he researched several reparative therapy groups only to find that they lacked sincerity and any genuine testimonials of change. He has been known to blog from time to time at skippingtothepiccolo.com and lives in a small country home with his two dogs.