Last June, LEO Weekly covered the practices of “ex-gay” “conversion therapy” ministries who seek to “cure” gay people from acting out on their completely natural sexual desires, including one in Louisville called Abba’s Delight (yes, that’s really their name). We noted the story of one Louisville man who was tormented by such “therapy,” which is about as sick as you can imagine.
Today a reader sent along this photo of a new billboard currently on the corner of Bardstown Rd. and Grinstead Dr. in the liberal Highlands neighborhood, courtesy of Abba’s Delight:
Note that this billboard also happens to be in Louisville’s most densely LGBT-populated neighborhood, and just a stone’s throw away from *three gay bars: Chill BAR Highlands, Nowhere Bar and Big Bar. We doubt the location of the billboard is a coincidence. Abba’s Delight founder Daniel Mingo did not immediately return our call to ask him about this placement, but we’ll let you know if he does.
Here’s what Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman told LEO about Abba’s Delight and their new Highlands billboard:
It is sad and shameful that Abba’s Delight, an ex-gay ministry, is still trying to peddle their harmful, failed wares in Louisville. And to do so across from a successful, open, accepting, and diverse establishment, like Nowhere Bar, hints of a particularly degenerate desperation.
With more than 90% of people who have been through ministries like Abba’s claiming they have been harmed by the program, and nearly 85% of participants saying that harm still affects them today, it’s time to shut the program down.
No business I know that sells increased depression and suicide rates among its participants and leaves many with PTSD experiences is
successful. Abba’s Delight and programs like it are a straight up sham–don’t buy the snake oil.
**** UPDATE ****
Daniel Mingo, the director of Abba’s Delight, sent us this statement about the placement of the billboard:
“The selection of that specific location for the billboard was based on availability. I am aware that the Highlands area of Louisville is heavily gay populated, but I was not aware of the billboard’s proximity to any gay bars. I am aware of only one gay bar in the city, and the only reason I know of that one is because it was across the street from a former employer’s office. Having walked away from homosexuality over 20 years ago, the whereabouts of gay bars in Louisville is not something with which I have stayed aware.”
*Story updated to add that Chill BAR Highlands is also in that location, even closer to the billboard than Big Bar and Nowhere Bar.