Film about former gays
is available

by Betsy Carlson (Editor, WordAlone Network)

August 27, 2004

“I Do Exist,” is a new documentary whose purpose is to raise awareness and provoke discussion concerning the topic of changing one’s sexual identity, according to Warren Throckmorton, Ph.D., director of college counseling and an associate professor of psychology at Grove City College, Grove City, Pa.

For more information about buying the documentary and taking part in its launch Oct. 9-11, contact Throckmorton, or here or at 724-458-3787. It is available on DVD or in VHS format.

Throckmorton says that Oct. 9-11, churches, colleges and schools all over the country will be showing this new documentary.  Some are showing it in a public forum to the community and some as a means to educate and inspire their own people and make them aware of resources for assistance.  Reproducible materials are available for those groups that use the documentary..

The launch coincides with Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day, when gay advocacy groups such as the Human Rights Campaign broadcast the message that the only healthy response to same sex attractions is to come out and identify as homosexual, he explains.  The film, “I Do Exist,” gives the narratives of five people who have chosen a different path, one that involved profound, personal transformations.

According to Throckmorton’s website, the film:

  • includes change stories of three women and two men who are former homosexuals;
  • has Dr. Robert Spitzer, who was instrumental in removing “homosexuality” as a classification of mental disorders several years ago, summarizing a recent study of his showing that some individuals changed from gay to straight;
  • presents Dr. Mark Yarhouse of Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA., explaining the process of identity formation “so crucial to a full understanding of homosexuality;”
  • makes clear how one may develop same sex attractions without appealing to primarily genetic theories
  • makes recommendations about the role of church and schools to provide help to those who are experiencing same sex attractions but do not want to take on a gay identity.

The documentary format is fast paced and will appeal to adults and teens, the website states.