Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Love in Action's "Refuge" shutdown.

In 2005, 16-year-old "Zach's" MySpace blog revealed that he was about to be involuntarily committed to Love In Action’s youth live-in programRefuge.” He was committed to a two-month stay in the residential program, and his plight spawned international outrage along with unprecedented protests in Memphis. (more)

The State of Tennessee investigated Refuge last year after learning that clients were being dispensed medications by unlicensed personnel. Finally, after two years of scrutiny, it’s over. Refuge is no more.

It also inspired filmmaker Morgan Fox to begin filming the documentary, “This Is What Love In Action Looks Like,” set for release in January 2008.

Congratulations to the Tennessee's Queer Action Coalition ("QAC") for all their fine and careful activism. Special thanks also to Brandi Walker, Kentucky Equality Federation's Awareness Coordinator for bringing the original story to our attention!


Anonymous said...


steven said...

I just hope that this experience hasn’t given them the idea that God doesn’t love them and accept them.

callie said...

That's great to know that horrible place closed! I want to think it was the efforts of the blogging community that push injustices to the forefront. Wherever Zach is now, I hope he is happy and healthy.

Anonymous said...

It is such a relief that such a horrible organization has been shut down. I just hope so much that no permanent damage has been done to those that have been affected by these people. I hope they still feel the freedom to be who they were created to be.

chris said...

It's sad that it was allowed to exist at all.

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