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Methodology

The findings in this report are based on an extensive analysis of ex-gay and Christian Right organizations. Research was conducted from 1995 to 1998; the author reviewed primary and secondary source materials, attended two ex-gay conferences (Exodus International's annual conference in 1995 and the Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays annual conference in 1998), and interviewed selected ex-gay leaders, Christian Right leaders, and former ex-gay individuals.

Primary source material was collected from a number of ex-gay and Christian Right organizations by requesting to be put on mailing lists, subscribing to publications, ordering materials, and monitoring web sites. Ex-gay groups studied in-depth include Exodus International, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (P-FOX), Homosexuals Anonymous, Courage, the National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), Regeneration Books, Kerusso Ministries, and Love in Action. Christian Right organizations studied include Concerned Women for America, The Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, Coral Ridge Ministries, American Family Association, Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, Christian Coalition, and the Center for Reclaiming America.

In addition, the author reviewed literature analyzing the Christian Right's historic and strategic attack on lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender civil rights, beginning with Anita Bryant's opposition to gay rights in 1976 in Dade County, Florida and including right-wing attacks on lesbian and gay "special rights" in the 1980s and 1990s.

In an attempt to track the financial support for ex-gay organizations, several requests for information were filed. Form 4506-A (requesting IRS exemption applications), Form 990, Form 990-EZ and Form 990-PF were filed by the DataCenter on behalf of Political Research Associates. Information was requested on P-FOX, NARTH, Exodus, and Kerusso Ministries. The DataCenter was also contracted by PRA to conduct a complete literature search of mainstream media converge of ex-gay movement organizations. The facts contained in this literature guided us in determining the strong political ties between the Christian Right and the ex-gay movement and the broader theocratic agenda this partnership seeks to impose.

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