My name is Amy Peebles, and I am a doctoral candidate in linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. My dissertation deals with language and identity issues related to sexuality and spirituality. More specifically, I am collecting the life stories of people who have at one time attempted to change their understanding of their sexual identity due to a perceived conflict with their Christian faith, most likely through participation in an ex-gay ministry.
In this project, which is supported by the Social Science Research Council's Sexuality Fellowship program, I am attempting to make sure everyone's voice is heard on this controversial issue. Thus, I am researching both ex-gays and ex-ex-gays, and I am now looking for people who have accepted their identity as gay or lesbian and now feel that the change they once attempted is not possible, not necessary, or both. If your life journey would fall along these lines, and you would be willing to participate in this research through a one-time "telling of your story" and interview, please .