Residents in Orlando, Fla. will see two new billboard ads today that feature pictures of former homosexuals who "challenge the permanence of homosexuality and offer a message of hope and change," according to a statement released by Exodus International.
Exodus International, the largest network of former homosexuals in the world, sponsored the billboard ads hoping to counter mainstream media messages and offer the public a considerate, alternative message about homosexuality, according to the Exodus statement.
The ads question the immutability of homosexuality and feature seven former homosexuals with the words, "We questioned homosexuality. Truth brought freedom," and "Rethink homosexuality."
"There are hundreds of thousands of individuals, like myself, who experienced emptiness and isolation in homosexuality and through Jesus Christ, we found the strength to leave it," said Alan Chambers, a former homosexual featured on the billboard and President of Exodus International.
In a statement release by Exodus, he said: "popular culture says we don't exist, but we do and we want others to hear our stories and consider a side to this issue they may have never heard before."
According to the statement released by Exodus, the billboards have already generated local controversy. Originally slated to appear above a local gay resort, the ads were in the process of being put up when the owner, protested the content and threatened bodily harm to the crew contracted to post the signs. The ads have since been moved to the east side of a highway. The front and back billboards will be up for a year on the east side of US-441, just north of SR-408.
Chambers responded, in the same statement, "While it is disturbing to see the inconsistency in the gay community's call for tolerance and diversity, our message does not change. Our existence offers hope to others who feel trapped by homosexuality and gives the public a reason to question what they see and hear about this issue every day in the media.
Founded in 1976, Exodus International is the largest organization dealing with homosexual issues in the U.S. and throughout the world. With over 125 ministries across North America, Exodus International offers help to over 400,000 people each year.