Edmund Smith’s Real Love Ministry (RLM) have lost nearly all its influence on those born comfortable with their sexual orientation here in Malaysia. With his blatant false witness for homosexuals and transgenders using ambiguous information, along with redefining science and social constructs to fit his agenda; Edmund Smith has turned RLM into a heterosexist cult bent on justifying discrimination against homosexuals and transgenders using whatever means, including trying to get gays and lesbians sexually attracted to the opposite sex, and disguising their deception behind "love" and "God". Such miseducation only breeds contempt for those who understand about themselves, same-sex attractions and gender identity.
Lately he started wearing the “ex-transgender” tag (since transgenderism, or gender variance, is mostly a biological condition, I wonder how he “ex-ed” it. I mean, can you be ex-cerebral palsy or ex-A-blood?), after he yet again tarnished the invisible enemies he created called “pro-gays” and using the annoying word “lifestyle” out of context, which until now he still does not know the meaning and as usual twisting its definition to suit his “sermon". As a result, many have become ex-Christians because of him. Lately, sources mentioned that after more than a decade attempting to hijack people's sexual orientation, he only got a handful of “ex-gays”, which he calls people living in celibacy or the “heterosexual lifestyle” (What? So even this is different from “ex-gay lifestyle”? If you find this nauseating, it is because it is dizzying). People now can see and realize from the abysmal results of his "ministry", that his "change" is nothing but a way to make money and gain popularity at the expense homosexuals and transgenders by using societal prejudices against them and victimizing the very people he claims to love by the misuse of God's name.
Ergo, since almost all gays and lesbians with transgenders are now aware of his discriminatory antics, and how he cheats and uses LGBT people for his own gain; he has now adjusted his indoctrination level of parents and friends of LGBTs to full scale parroting of all the wrong stuff about homosexuals and transgenders, misinforming as much of them as possible, using lies and deception to paint homosexuals and transgenders in the most loving worse light possible to gain support from unsuspecting parents and friends of LGBTs. Unfortunately for him, PFLAG Malaysia has now been established, and I will be joining with them soon on ways to lessen the damage he is causing LGBTs in Malaysia. I was wondering to start an ex-gay survivors meet, but I realized that would not be necessary. Very few people are taken in by the snake-oil cure promised by them.
Whatever happens between now and years to come, they will be known among LGBTs as the ugly sister of the ex-gay ministries, and will leave a legacy of pain and hurt as they pronounce damnation of homosexuals and transgenders. And with his own shallow understanding of sexual orientations, his self created idealogy of transgenders that have no bearing in science, also his picking and choosing of information to present, coupled with his refusal to learn the real deal about LGBTS; not many people can relate to Edmund being a gay, as if he was never gay in the first place. If there is one person, and one ministry, that is the fine example of what “Christians” should not be, Edmund Smith and RLM are the definitive examples in Malaysia.
Yuki Choe wishes to thank Raymond and friends from NGOs such as PT Foundation in Malaysia, and several individuals from the Annexe Gallery for helping to keep track and spread awareness of the irresponsible activities of Edmund Smith and his cronies, and also giving me advice and proper channels to educate people on the harmful effects of the medically and scientifically rejected practices of reparative therapy performed by these so-called ex-gay ministries, while offering support to the LGBT community as a whole to affirm and strengthen ties the love for who they are. It is not easy being different, and it is even harder to live with these groups making us victims of their money making and controlling schemes, but it is in these challenges that we shall become better people and live wonderful lives.
There will be more battles ahead, as we tackle the more vile and extremely manipulative ex-gays from "Pursuing Liberty Under Christ".