Jul. 18th, 2005
Child abuse  
Things like this are just awful. Long story short, this kid's parents found out he was gay, and immediately sent him to one of those ex-gay ministries. These are a couple of his entries after he found out where he was being sent.

A couple of excerpts from his blog:

Thanks.. by the way.
Current mood: numb

Thanks. Thank you for all of the comments and messages, they mean a lot. really. I was shocked to see all of this... of course I haven't been on a computer, phone, nor have I seen any friends in a week almost-- Soon. Soon, this will be all over. My mother has said the worst things to me for three days straight... three days. I went numb. That's the only way I can get through this. I agree, if you're thinking that these posts might be dramatized.. but the proof of the programs ideas are sitting in the rules. I pray this blows over. I can't take this... noone can... not really, this kind of thing tears you apart emotionally. To introduce THIS subject... I'm not a suicidal person... really I'm not.. I think it's stupid - really. But.. I can't help it, no im not going to commit suicide, all I can think about is killing my mother and myself. It's so horrible. This is what it's doing to me... I have this horrible feeling all of the time... I wish this on no person... I'm so satisfied--happy's too strong of a word the state I'm in-- that everyone's taking the time to email and write letters in complaint to these people. I dont know if it will do anything, but if something did happen it would be -- awesome.

It's been a week of torture - anger, and crying.
Current mood: worried

Hi. I'm not sure if I'm even supposed to be on. I ran away for a short while. I came back and they took everything from me, they don't want me to have outside influences-- i dont know how long im going to be on, because if tehy wake up, im screwed. The program starts June 6 and is until either teh 17th or the 20th. I'm sorry I don't have time to write back o all of the comments and messages. I'm just here to let everyone know I am still alive, I'm sure you've left messages on my cellphone, they took that.. and my keys... and the computer.. and I've been homebound. -=sigh=- I just need this to be over. Don't worry. I'll get through this. They've promised me things will get better whether this program does anything or not. Let's hope they aren't lying. I've been through hell. I've been emotionally torn apart for three days... I can't remember which days they were.. time's not what it used to be.

Link to his myspace

Mood: upset
Listening to: Radiohead - There There
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JDean_81jdean_81 on July 19th, 2005 - 02:16 am
That sucks. Totally sucks.
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Buggering the Massesyaksha2 on July 19th, 2005 - 02:40 am
it's an odd situation, because you have the effect of the entire internet community infringing upon an individual case of private social morality. however, assuming they let him out in two weeks considering the response, i dunno if i'd like to be the kid who spurred the "freezach" campaign.

i think a small percentage of the activists will be making sure the kid is alright.
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The People's Exhibit Adavidology on July 19th, 2005 - 03:50 am
yeah... if there were any justice, the parents would be the ones sent to therapy.
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Amalthiaamothea on July 19th, 2005 - 03:43 am
this is kind of scary. :( i don't know this guy but I feel for him. I hope he makes it through okay.
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BarkLikeADogbarklikeadog on July 19th, 2005 - 03:46 am
...so a friend of mine...
So I have a friend, who is very intelligent (has a masters in biology and frankly is just all 'round smart), and was struggling with being gay.

He's mormon.

From a "biological standpoint" he was able to accept it, but he has never had "relations" and was grossed out by the few gay people he met (and their morals), so that in combination with his family not being supportive (or at least the few he told)...

He decided to enter the local mormon solution for being gay. He told me at one point they actually suggestions electro-shock (and he's not one to make stuff up - he's about as wholesome as they come), and at that point he had the smarts to leave.

...now I can only imagine what it would be like for a young man who doesn't have the independence or support structure to deal with these types of influences.

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mglboy on July 19th, 2005 - 08:35 am
its just like that movie with ru paul...
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