The COIL Foundation was asked by Soulforce ( to sponsor
an important symposium countering Reparative Thereapy practices. Scheduled in the same city and on the same dates as the annual antigay NARTH symposium (National Association for the Research & Therapy of Homosexuality), the sumposium provided an opportunity to counter aggressive media campaigns of NARTH and provided an alternative perspective to the misinformation perpetuated by NARTH, Exodus International, and others opposed to acceptance of LGBTQI people in communities of faith. The sumposium selcomed LGBTQI persons and allies, survivors of “ex-gay” ministries and reparative theraphy, professional therapists and clergy in understanding the challenges of misinformation and harm perpetuated by reparative therapy.