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Homosexuals Anonymous

Welcome to Homosexuals Anonymous!



Homosexuals Anonymous is an international organization dedicated to serving the needs of men and women who struggle with unwanted same sex attraction.

This fellowship of men and women, who through their common spiritual, intellectual and emotional experiences have chosen to help each other.

If you are a person who struggles with unwanted same sex attraction, you are not alone Homosexuals Anonymous and many other related ministries, counselors and therapists provide valuable resources that can be of great use to you.


Doesn't Step 6 of Homosexuals Anonymous suggest conversion therapy?

Let's read it:

"We learned to claim our true reality that as humankind, we are part of God's heterosexual creation and that God calls us to rediscover that identity in Him through Jesus Christ, as our faith perceives Him."

This does not mean we turn people from gay to straight. So what does it mean?

Most of us self-identitfied as "gay" or "homosexual". They now come to the understanding that God only created one identity. People that come to us usually come to see that they are "heterosexual" (even though that term also is rather new). They are heterosexual men and women - who happen to have same-sex attractions (for whatever reason). That does in no way mean they deny their same-sex attractions. They simply do not see them as an extra identity no more. Their life stops turning around "being gay" all the time and their focus shifts to other things they consider more important. Some even re-discover feelings for the opposite sex they have always had but that were hidden under an identity that was not their own. We find our real identity in Jesus Christ - the perfect man.

NOTE: We do not force that understanding onto them. Our clients are free to accept or reject that view. They are not jugded or excluded from us and our services if they take on opposing points of view.


Bedeutet Schritt 6 von Homosexuals Anonymous nicht, dass ihr Konversions-Therapie vertretet?

Sehen wir uns diesen Schritt mal an:

"Wir haben gelernt, unsere wahre Realität zu beanspruchen. Als Menschen sind wir Teil von Gottes heterosexueller Schöpfung. Gott ruft uns dazu auf, diese Identität in Ihm durch Jesus Christus wiederzuentdecken, so wie wir Ihn durch unseren Glauben wahrnehmen." Ihr Leben dreht sich nun nicht mehr dauernd darum, "schwul" oder "lesbisch" zu sein und ihr Fokus dreht sich auf andere Dinge, die sie als wichtiger erachten.

Das bedeutet keineswegs, dass wir aus Schwulen Heteros machen. Was aber bedeutet es dann?

Viele von uns haben sich bisher als "schwul" oder "homosexuell" gesehen. Sie verstehen nun, dass Gott nur eine Identität geschaffen hat. Menschen, die zu uns kommen, sehen sich für gewöhnlich mit der Zeit als "heterosexuell" (auch dieser Begriff ist relativ neuen Datums). Sie sind heterosexuelle Männer und Frauen - mit gleichgeschlechtlichen Neigungen (aus welchen Gründen auch immer). Das heißt nicht, dass sie ihre gleichgeschlechtlichen Neigungen verleugnen. Sie sehen sie nur nicht als mehr als eigene Identität an. Ihr Leben hört auf, sich ständig darum zu drehen, dass sie "schwul" oder "lesbisch" sind. Sie finden einen neuen Fokus - Dinge, die sie als wichtiger erachten. Einige entdecken sogar Gefühle für dass andere Geschlecht wieder. Gefühle, die sie immer hatten, die aber unter einer Identität, die nicht ihre eigene war, versteckt waren. Wir finden unsere wahre Identität in Jesus Christus, den perfekten Menschen.

Achtung: Wir zwingen diese Sichtweise niemandem auf. Unsere Klientinnen und Klienten können sie annehmen oder ablehnen - wie sie möchten. Sie werden von uns nicht be- oder verurteilt und auch nicht von unseren Dienstleistungen ausgeschlossen, wenn sie entgegengesetzte Standpunkte einnehmen.


What do you mean when you talk about "false" or "new" identity?


We are not refering hereby to "homosexual" or "heterosexual". Many of us used sexual fantasies or acts subconsciously in order to numb legitimate needs or past hurts and forget about them for a while. Therefore, the "identity" that came out of this was oftentimes distorted. The more we now learn to forgive and to recognize and accept our needs, the more we acknowledge our true self.
For the Christians among us it also means to see one's identity in the One in whose image we were created.

It is not so much about being "false" or "right" in the colloquial sense, but in realizing and accepting one's self.


Was meint ihr, wenn ihr von "falscher" oder "neuer" Identität sprecht?

Hier beziehen wir uns nicht auf "homosexuell" oder "heterosexuell". Viele von uns haben sexuelle Phantasien oder Handlungen unbewusst dazu verwendet, legitime Bedürfnisse oder vergangene Verletzungen zu betäuben und sie eine zeitlang zu vergessen.
Die daraus entstandene "Identität" war deshalb oft verzerrt. In dem Maß, indem wir lernen zu verzeihen und unsere Bedürfnisse zu erkennen und erfüllen, erkennen wir auch unser wahres Selbst.
Für die Christinnen und Christen unter uns bedeutet dies weiterhin, die eigene Identität in dem zu erkennen, in dessen Abbild wir erschaffen wurden.

Es geht hier also weniger um "falsch" und "richtig" im umgangssprachlichen Sinn, sondern um das Erkennen, Wahrnehmen und Annehmen des eigenen Ichs.


From our members:

"HA has been the most transforming change agent in my born again life. My being, identity, self esteem was shattered into little pieces."

"I can honestly say HA deals with individuals struggling with sexual issues in a loving and caring manner. It uses the Bible, prayer, and group dynamics to provide individuals with hope and practical insights.
The emphasis is on reconciling one's self with his or her creator. In turn,one clarifies his or her true moral values for guiding his or her life.. The whole focus is on seeking holiness in one's day to day living.
HA invites individuals to participate in its meetings without coercion. If any changes are made by the individual, it is a result of his or her own choice. Everyone has the right to seek out like-minded individuals who wish to share their life stories and to share their religious beliefs.
I have seen individuals benefit from their participation in the group meetings, and the Bible studies. Needless to say, I have benefited greatly too!"

"Why do people think HA practices conversation therapy? Does AA or SAA (Sex Addiction Anonymous) practice conversion therapy? I think not. As a member of HA, I experience such ‘accusations’ or statements as oppressive, ignorant and unethical. I choose how I express my sexuality, integrate my beliefs, morality and preferences according to who I am. Nobody can or has a right to impose their beliefs onto me. I work out my own journey on a daily basis, only I can work it and walk it. It is a unique journey and I treasure the life it brings. HA is a non-judgemental, non-intrusive support for me in this process. There is certainly no hidden agenda to convert anyone to heterosexuality. However, I question the agenda of those who deny me this right to self determination. On the contrary, in HA there is space for each individual to uniquely emerge in an non-directive way, based on self-acceptance, love and mutual support. As a psychotherapist, I can say with great confidence that there is nothing unethical about the approach of HA and I would recommend it to anyone who desires to be free from the power of homosexual addiction and of unwanted same sex attraction. If during this process one discovers a more true-to-self sexual identity, so be it. Such has been my experience."

HA Chapter Munich, Germany

Wer Kontakt mit der Selbsthilfegruppe von Homosexuals Anonymous in München aufnehmen will:

Infos unter Tel.: 089-78018960

Email: klicke hier.

Treffen in der Regel wöchentlich (Freitags 18 Uhr - ca. 20 Uhr).

Auf Wunsch mehrsprachig.

 


One thing Homosexuals Anonymous is different from other ministries: We are not charging money for our services. We are not squeezing money out of the ex-gay train and make a living by talking about our past while trying to be better scientists than the world has. If you are not, don't pretend you are.

The 14 Steps

1. We admitted that we were powerless over our homosexuality and that our emotional lives were unmanageable.

2. We came to believe the love of God, who forgave us and accepted us in spite of all that we are and have done.

3. We learned to see purpose in our suffering, that our failed lives were under God's control, who is able to bring good out of trouble.

4. We came to believe that God had already broken the power of homosexuality and that He could therefore restore our true personhood.

5. We came to perceive that we had accepted a lie about ourselves, an illusion that had trapped us in a false identity.

6. We learned to claim our true reality that as humankind, we are part of God's heterosexual creation and that God calls us to rediscover that identity in Him through Jesus Christ, as our faith perceives Him.

7. We resolved to entrust our lives to our loving God and to live by faith, praising Him for our new unseen identity, confident that it would become visible to us in God's good time.

8. As forgiven people free from condemnation, we made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves, determined to root out fear, hidden hostility, and contempt for the world.

9. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs and humbly asked God to remove our defects of character.

10. We willingly made direct amends wherever wise and possible to all people we had harmed.

11. We determined to live no longer in fear of the world, believing that God's victorious control turns all that is against us into our favor, bringing advantage out of sorrow and order from disaster.

12. We determined to mature in our relationships with men and women, learning the meaning of a partnership of equals, seeking neither dominance over people nor servile dependency on them.

13. We sought through confident praying, and the wisdom of Scripture for an ongoing growth in our relationship with God and a humble acceptance of His guidance for our lives.

14. Having had a spiritual awakening, we tried to carry this message to homosexual people with a love that demands nothing and to practice these steps in all our lives' activities, as far as lies within us.

While the Homosexuals Anonymous Fellowship was inspired by the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, they are not really an adaptation. Rather, they were created specifically for this Fellowship, and should not be construed otherwise. AA, which is a program concerned only with recovery from alcoholism, and is not in any way affiliated with this Fellowship.


Homosexuals Anonymous



Note: The work of Dr. Douglas McIntyre is being shown in part for documentation purposes only. That does NOT mean we embrace all of it or make publicity for its content in its entirety.