Diverse Coalition Forms to Support People Seeking ‘Non-Gay’ Alternatives to Unwanted Homosexuality

JERSEY CITY, July 16, 2003 ( - A diverse group of 11 national and international non-profit organizations that serve people conflicted over unwanted homosexual attractions has formed a non-profit coalition called PATH (Positive Alternatives to Homosexuality) and established a joint Web site at  The new coalition includes secular, therapeutic and research organizations in the U.S. and Germany as well as African-American, Catholic, Jewish, Latter-day Saint and Protestant ministries.  “It’s an utterly false stereotype to assume that anyone with homosexual feelings just wants to be accepted and affirmed as gay,” said Arthur Goldberg, president of PATH (and co-founder of Jonah, an educational, support and referral organization for Jews). “Many do not. They don’t object to others choosing to live a homosexual life, but it’s not what they want for their own lives. Those who voluntarily choose an alternative path deserve equal respect and support.  “And the fact is,” Goldberg said, “people can and do change. The personal life experience of innumerable men and women demonstrates that conclusively. Sexual desires are not immutable.”  The 11 groups forming the coalition are: Courage, Evergreen International, Exodus International, the German Institute for Youth and Society, the International Healing Foundation, JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality), NARTH (National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality), OneByOne, PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays), People Can Change, and Powerful Change Ministry Group.

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