Homosexuals Anonymous

Offering Guidance, Fellowship, Care and Freedom

ADVERTISING AND THE LOCAL H.A. CHAPTER

Public Service Announcements

Information about your local H.A. chapter can be broadcast free of charge, through use of public service announcements (PSA) that are usually 30 or 60 seconds in length. H.A.F.S. already has several PSAs included in this manual to which you can affix your chapter’s telephone number or you may develop some PSAs on your own. (Please remember that they must be H.A.F.S. approved.)

Brochures

Through the use of brochures that are given to ministers, counselors, doctors, and other helping organizations (some could be placed in waiting rooms, Christian bookstores, and church literature racks), word of H.A. is getting out. You may wish to develop a flyer or brochure of your own (please see that it is H.A.F.S. approved) or you may wish to use the one developed by H.A.F.S. which has space in which to imprint your local H.A. telephone number. Remember not to advertise the address of your meeting place. Just give the phone number.

Classified Ad in the Newspaper

Advertisements may be placed in the classified section of the local paper. The wording used may be similar to the public service announcements prepared by H.A.F.S. To be effective these ad should run on a continuous basis (daily, if a daily paper). Remember to give telephone number only.

News Releases

Newspapers sometimes print news releases from local organizations explaining their purpose and informing the public of when they meet. H.A.F.S. has developed samples included in this manual that you can use as guides to prepare a news release for your local paper.

Letters to Ministers and Counselors

Ministers, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors, and social service agencies may know men and women who want help in their struggle with homosexuality. H.A.F.S. has developed sample letters included in this manual that you can adapt to introduce your chapter to these people.

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HOMOSEXUALS ANONYMOUS PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

PSA #1:

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS STRUGGLING WITH HOMOSEXUAL FEELINGS, THEN YOU MAY BE EXPERIENCING HEARTACHES AND LONELINESS.

THERE ARE OTHERS WHO CAN IDENTIFY WITH YOUR NEEDS.

HOMOSEXUALS ANONYMOUS IS A CHRISTIAN SUPPORT GROUP DEDICATED TO RECOVERY FROM HOMOSEXUALITY.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL __________________________________.

CONFIDENTIALITY IS ASSURED. THAT NUMBER, AGAIN, IS

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HOMOSEXUALS ANONYMOUS PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

PSA #2:

ARE YOU EXPERIENCING HOMOSEXUAL FEELINGS? ARE YOU SATISFIED WITHTHEM?

IF NOT, THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE:

HOMOSEXUALS ANONYMOUS IS A CHRISTIAN SUPPORT GROUP DEDICATED TO RECOVERY FROM HOMOSEXUALITY.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL __________________________________.

CONFIDENTIALITY IS ASSURED. THAT NUMBER, AGAIN, IS

______________________________________.


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HOMOSEXUALS ANONYMOUS PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

PSA #3:

ONCE GAY ALWAYS GAY. THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING FOR YEARS.

BUT NOT ANYMORE. THERE IS A PROVEN ALTERNATIVE FOR THOSE WHO WANT HELP IN FINDING FREEDOM FROM HOMOSEXUALITY.

IT’S A CHRISTIAN SUPPORT GROUP CALLED HOMOSEXUALS ANONYMOUS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL __________________________________.

CONFIDENTIALITY IS ASSURED. THAT NUMBER, AGAIN, IS

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

HOMOSEXUALS ANONYMOUS CHAPTER OPENS

Homosexuals Anonymous, a national support group for men and women who desire freedom from homosexuality, is opening a local chapter for the (city/county) area. Homosexuals Anonymous, also known as H.A., serves Christians and would-be Christians who find homosexual desires in conflict with their faith. The program has been successful in bringing many out of a homosexual orientation and, because of that success, is gaining acceptance by Christian psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, and clergy of many denominations throughout the United States and Canada.

Homosexuals Anonymous lists its only requirement for membership as “a desire to be free from homosexuality.” The local H.A. chapter will start meeting next week (or whenever). For further information call (or write)…(telephone number or P.O. Box address).


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NOTE: We recommend not advertising the meeting place or the exact date. We also do not recommend using a personal telephone number for interested persons to call. It is best to have a special phone number installed and listed under the name “Homosexuals Anonymous”. A post office box is a very good idea, too, but many potential H.A. members prefer the anonymity of a phone call.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

HOMOSEXUALS ANONYMOUS CHAPTER OPENS

Homosexuals Anonymous, a support group for men and women who desire freedom from homosexuality, is opening a local chapter for the (city/county) area. Homosexuals Anonymous (H.A.) has a Christian basis and states that its cornerstone is the conviction that faith in God is the most effective way to be free from addictive sexual behavior. “There are many people finding freedom from homosexual feelings and desires through the Homosexuals Anonymous program,” said the local H.A. coordinator, who asked not to be identified. “While the program is new in this area, there are chapters in other cities and countries that have proven very successful.”

Homosexuals Anonymous was founded by two Christian men who had come out of a personal homosexual struggle. In their desire to reach out to others who wanted to find the same freedom, a support group was formed. As the program grew in numbers, a formal organization and structure developed including “The Fourteen Steps”, which help a person to mature in relationships with others and to rediscover his or her God-given heterosexual identity.

One of the H.A. co-founders has said, “People who say that homosexuality is unchangeable are following a dying cause. The issue of homosexual recovery today is at the same place the issue of alcoholic recovery was before 1935. Nobody thought it was possible, short of creating a ‘dry drunk’ and policing him for the rest of his life. But then Alcoholics Anonymous came along and the bubble burst. Recovery was possible. The same is true in the homosexual area.”


He adds, “While there are a number of persons who say they are satisfied with a homosexual lifestyle, a vast majority of people who experience homosexual desires are unhappy and willing to explore a way out.” Homosexuals Anonymous offers to help. H.A. leaders are quick to point out that the H.A. program is not anti-gay or out to enforce its ideals on everyone. One of the basic H.A. principles is choosing not to become engaged in controversial issues that would draw energies away from the personal goal of freedom from homosexuality.

Homosexuals Anonymous Fellowship Services provides local chapters with program designs, information, and guidance. It provides, among other things, a free bi-monthly newsletter on request with information on chapters around the world and a self-help workbook.

Homosexuals Anonymous lists its only requirement for membership as “a desire to be free from homosexuality.” The local H.A. chapter will start meeting next week (or whenever). For further information call (or write)…(telephone number or P.O. box number).


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NOTE: We recommend not advertising the meeting place, the exact date, or using a personal telephone number for interested persons to call. It is best to have a special phone installed and listed under the name “Homosexuals Anonymous.” A post office box is also a good idea.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

HOMOSEXUALS ANONYMOUS OFFERS ANOTHER OPTION

Homosexuals Anonymous is a national support group for the many thousands of men and women who desire freedom from homosexuality. Tired of being told that their only option is to surrender to homosexual desire despite their own wishes, people have banded together to help each other live in the way they wish because of religious convictions, marriage commitments, health concerns, or personal preference.

Much research seriously questions the view that homosexuality is biologically determined, Dr. William Byne and Dr. Bruce Parsons of the department of Psychiatry of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons have stated, “Recent studies postulate biological factors as the primary basis for sexual orientation. However, there is no evidence at present to substantiate a biologic theory…. Critical review shows the evidence favoring a biologic theory to be lacking.” [William Byne, M.D., Ph.D., Bruce Parson, M.D., Ph.D., “Human Sexual Orientation: The Biologic Theories Reappraised,” Archives of General Psychiatry, (March 1993), p. 228]

Homosexuals Anonymous offers hope of recovery through group support and a 14 #Step program patterned after the A.A. model, but with a distinctly Christian, though non-denominational approach. The new identity in Christ is the goal for each member.

The program has been successful in bringing many out of homosexuality and, because of that success, is gaining acceptance by Christian psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, and clergy of many denominations. Homosexuals Anonymous lists its only requirement for membership as “a desire to be free from homosexuality.” Anyone wishing further information may go to our website: www.homosexuals-anonymous.com.


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(SAMPLE LETTER FOR PASTORS)

(Date)                                       (Be certain to send H.A. Brochure with this letter)

(Name)

(Address)

(City, State, Zip)


Dear                              ,


Have you been approached by someone with a homosexual struggle seeking to be free? This is an increasingly common experience for pastors of all denominations as people feel more free to mention what was once a hushed word. The AIDS crisis and disappointment with the gay lifestyle in addition to Christian convictions and marriage vows have caused many to seek help.

Counseling helps, especially if the pastor has some familiarity with the deeply seated roots of homosexuality. There is also additional assistance available in your area. A distinctly Christian support group has been formed called Homosexuals Anonymous. It is based on a 14 Step program which, unlike A.A., is decidedly Christian in its approach. Its goal is to present every man “faultless and mature” before the Lord.

Homosexuals Anonymous has been the instrumentality for healing in many lives. Testimonies received in the Homosexuals Anonymous Fellowship Services (H.A.F.S.) office bear witness to its effect across the nation and in several foreign countries.

If you know someone who might find help in such a group, please ask them to call (local number) for information on the time and place of meetings. I will be calling you in the next few weeks to see if you would like to meet with me personally so I can answer any questions you may have about our group.

If you would like to receive our free monthly newsletter and information concerning materials and seminars on helping those who struggle with homosexuality, please contact our service center (www.homosexuals-anonymous.com).

Thank you for your interest and may God bless you in your work.

Sincerely,



(Your first name and last name initial)

HA Chapter Coordinator


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(SAMPLE LETTER FOR COUNSELORS)

(Date)                                (Be certain to send H.A. Brochure with this letter)

(Name)

(Address)

(City, State, Zip)


Dear                              ,

A new support group has been formed in your area which may be of interest to some of your clients. Homosexuals Anonymous seeks to give support to the many thousands of men and women who want freedom from homosexual behavior and identity.

Much research seriously questions the view that homosexuality is biologically determined. Dr. William Byne and Dr. Bruce Parsons of the Department of Psychiatry of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons have stated, “Recent studies postulate biologic factors as the primary basis for sexual orientation. However, there is no evidence at presence to substantiate a biologic theory…. Critical review shows the evidence favoring a biologic theory to be lacking.” [William Byne, M.D., Ph.D., Bruce Parsons, M.D., Ph.D., “Human Sexual Orientation: The Biologic Theories Reappraised,” Archives of General Psychiatry, (March 1993), p.228]

Homosexuals Anonymous offers hope of recovery through group support and a 14 Step program patterned after the A.A. model, but with a distinctly Christian, though non-denominational approach. The new identity in Christ is the goal for each member.

We hope that the enclosed information  will excite your interest in a program which has already been of help to many and offers hope to those who for reason of religious conviction, marriage vows, or personal decision, do not choose a gay lifestyle. If you know someone who might find help in such a group, please ask them to call (local number) for information on the time and place of meetings.

If you have any questions or would like to receive our free monthly newsletter and information on materials and seminars on helping those who struggle with homosexuality, please contact H.A.F.S., www.homosexuals-anonymous.com.

Thanks you for your interest and may God bless you in your work.

Sincerely,



(Your first name and last name initial)

HA Chapter Coordinator


(Taken from the "HOMOSEXUALS ANONYMOUS POLICY AND ADVISORY MANUAL"