Wednesday, October 1, 2014

PFOX Ex-Gay Awareness Conference Two Days Away in Washington, D.C.


PFOX Ex-Gay Awareness Conference Two Days Away in Washington, D.C.

***NEWS RELEASE***


For Immediate Release
October 1, 2014

CONTACT:

Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, DHamilton@HamiltonStrategies.com

 

PFOX Ex-Gay Awareness Conference Two Days Away in Washington, D.C.

 

Alan Keyes, Sandy Rios to Headline PFOX Event Focusing on Struggles and Triumphs of Families and Friends of Ex-Gays

 

Richmond, Va.—Just two days remain until Friday's Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX, www.pfox.org) second annual Ex-Gay Awareness Month Conference—a two-day event to celebrate the ex-gay community and encourage acceptance and support for those who want to leave the homosexual lifestyle.

"Our second annual conference is a time for celebration of new life and change, as well as a commitment to equality for those who wish to leave the homosexual lifestyle," said PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs. "With love and acceptance, we will continue to strive to raise awareness that changing sexual orientation is possible, and to support those who now identify as heterosexual."

Set for Oct. 3-4 in Washington, D.C., the conference features a legislator education day on Capitol Hill on Friday for those interested in visiting their legislators in support of ex-gays and individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions. To register for the conference, click here, visit http://pfox.org/the-second-annual-ex-gay-awareness-month/, call (804) 453-4737 or email info@pfox.org.

Scheduled speakers at the conference include:

  • Alan Keyes, former ambassador and presidential candidate
  • Sandy Rios, Director of Government Relations for American Family Radio Talk and Vice President of Family Pac Federal
  • Matt Barber, founder of BarbWire.com
  • Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at Family Research Council
  • Jayson Graves, Clinical Director at Healing for the Soul
  • Greg Quinlan, Past President of PFOX
  • Regina Griggs, Executive Director of PFOX
  • Denise Shick, author, speaker and Executive Director of Help 4 Families
  • Christopher Doyle, President of Voice of the Voiceless

From 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, international worship leader Dennis Jernigan, who is ex-gay, will perform his music and premiere his new film about his life and leaving homosexuality called, "Sing Over Me." Hors d'oeuvres will be served, followed by a Q&A session with Jernigan. 

The all-day conference and luncheon on Saturday will celebrate the lives of individuals who have left the homosexual lifestyle and will include a panel discussion with parents and friends of ex-gays and gays, led by Griggs.

At the conference, Rios will receive the Friends of Ex-Gay Freedom Award, and Jernigan will receive the Ex-Gay Courage Award.

PFOX recently unveiled its new web site to serve as an encouraging resource for parents and friends who are supporting an ex-gay or gay family member.

Found online at www.pfox.org, the site provides help and support to ex-gays and their family and friends as they live out their daily lives. PFOX believes knowledge is power and wants to keep the community informed of the latest news concerning ex-gays and the ex-gay community by disseminating accurate information and debunking misconceptions about ex-gays and same-sex attraction.

PFOX is a national non-profit organization that supports families and educates the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX is for every person seeking the support of family, friends, the community and church. PFOX supports an inclusive environment for the ex-gay community and works to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals by conducting public education and outreach to further individual self-determination and respect for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation. 

PFOX believes that every person seeking positive life change needs and deserves the love and support of friends, family, the community and the church and strives to offer a place for help, a place for truth, and a place for the ex-gay to participate in the conversation about same-sex attraction.

PFOX families love their homosexual child unconditionally, believing that true love is granted in spite of our differences by treating each other with kindness and respect. Each year, thousands of men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to leave a gay identity through gender-affirming programs, including counseling, support groups, faith-based ministries and other non-judgmental environments. 

For more information on PFOX, visit www.PFOX.org.

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to support families and educate the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community.

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To interview PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs or another representative from PFOX, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Ex-Gay Awareness Conference Kicks Off Friday in Washington, D.C.

***NEWS RELEASE***


For Immediate Release
September 29, 2014

CONTACT:

Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, DHamilton@HamiltonStrategies.com

 

Ex-Gay Awareness Conference Kicks Off Friday in Washington, D.C.


Alan Keyes, Sandy Rios to Headline PFOX Event Focusing on Struggles and Triumphs of Families and Friends of Ex-Gays

 

Richmond, Va.—This Friday marks the start of the Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX, www.pfox.org) second annual Ex-Gay Awareness Month Conference—a two-day event to celebrate the ex-gay community and encourage acceptance and support for those who want to leave the homosexual lifestyle.

"Our second annual conference is a time for celebration of new life and change, as well as a commitment to equality for those who wish to leave the homosexual lifestyle," said PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs. "With love and acceptance, we will continue to strive to raise awareness that changing sexual orientation is possible, and to support those who now identify as heterosexual."

Scheduled speakers at the conference include:

  • Alan Keyes, former ambassador and presidential candidate
  • Sandy Rios, Director of Government Relations for American Family Radio Talk and Vice President of Family Pac Federal
  • Matt Barber, founder of BarbWire.com
  • Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at Family Research Council
  • Jayson Graves, Clinical Director at Healing for the Soul
  • Greg Quinlan, Past President of PFOX
  • Regina Griggs, Executive Director of PFOX
  • Denise Shick, author, speaker and Executive Director of Help 4 Families
  • Christopher Doyle, President of Voice of the Voiceless

Set for Oct. 3-4 in Washington, D.C., the conference features a legislator education day on Capitol Hill on Friday for those interested in visiting their legislators in support of ex-gays and individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions.

Then from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, international worship leader Dennis Jernigan, who is ex-gay, will perform his music and premiere his new film about his life and leaving homosexuality called, "Sing Over Me." Hors d'oeuvres will be served, followed by a Q&A session with Jernigan. 

The all-day conference and luncheon on Saturday will celebrate the lives of individuals who have left the homosexual lifestyle and will include a panel discussion with parents and friends of ex-gays and gays, led by Griggs.

At the conference, Rios will receive the Friends of Ex-Gay Freedom Award, and Jernigan will receive the Ex-Gay Courage Award.

For more information on the conference, click here, visit http://pfox.org/the-second-annual-ex-gay-awareness-month/, call (804) 453-4737 or email info@pfox.org.

PFOX recently unveiled its new web site to serve as an encouraging resource for parents and friends who are supporting an ex-gay or gay family member.

Found online at www.pfox.org, the site provides help and support to ex-gays and their family and friends as they live out their daily lives. PFOX believes knowledge is power and wants to keep the community informed of the latest news concerning ex-gays and the ex-gay community by disseminating accurate information and debunking misconceptions about ex-gays and same-sex attraction.

PFOX is a national non-profit organization that supports families and educates the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX is for every person seeking the support of family, friends, the community and church. PFOX supports an inclusive environment for the ex-gay community and works to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals by conducting public education and outreach to further individual self-determination and respect for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation. 

PFOX believes that every person seeking positive life change needs and deserves the love and support of friends, family, the community and the church and strives to offer a place for help, a place for truth, and a place for the ex-gay to participate in the conversation about same-sex attraction.

PFOX families love their homosexual child unconditionally, believing that true love is granted in spite of our differences by treating each other with kindness and respect. Each year, thousands of men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to leave a gay identity through gender-affirming programs, including counseling, support groups, faith-based ministries and other non-judgmental environments. 

For more information on PFOX, visit www.PFOX.org.

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to support families and educate the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community.

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To interview PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs or another representative from PFOX, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.

Friday, September 26, 2014

PFOX Ex-Gay Awareness Conference Opens in One Week


PFOX Ex-Gay Awareness Conference Opens in One Week

***NEWS RELEASE***


For Immediate Release
September 26, 2014

CONTACT:
Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, DHamilton@HamiltonStrategies.com

PFOX Ex-Gay Awareness Conference Opens in One Week

Former Ambassador Alan Keyes, American Family Association's Sandy Rios to Headline Speaker Lineup

 

Richmond, Va.—Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX, www.pfox.org), a non-profit organization serving families and the ex-gay community, will be hosting its second annual Ex-Gay Awareness Month Conference in Washington, D.C. beginning one week from today on Friday, October 3.

The two-day event on Oct. 3-4 will feature a legislator education day on Capitol Hill on the first day of the conference for those interested in visiting their legislators in support of ex-gays and individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions. A training seminar will be offered on Friday morning in preparation for the legislator education day.

Then from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3, international worship leader Dennis Jernigan will perform his music and premiere his new film about his life and leaving homosexuality called, "Sing Over Me." Hors d'oeuvres will be served, followed by a Q&A session with Jernigan. 

The all-day conference and luncheon on Oct. 4 will celebrate the lives of individuals who have left the homosexual lifestyle and will include a panel discussion with parents and friends of ex-gays and gays, led by PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs.

"Our second annual conference is sure to raise awareness about the serious issues that ex-gays face," Griggs said. "We are looking forward to a strong showing of attendees as we honor our ex-gays and their families. We also welcome the families and friends of those living homosexually who support the ex-gay message that change is possible."

Scheduled speakers at the second annual conference include:

  • Alan Keyes, former ambassador and presidential candidate
  • Sandy Rios, Director of Government Relations for American Family Radio Talk and Vice President of Family Pac Federal
  • Matt Barber, Founder of BarbWire.com
  • Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at Family Research Council
  • Jayson Graves, Clinical Director at Healing for the Soul
  • Greg Quinlan, Past President of PFOX
  • Regina Griggs, Executive Director of PFOX
  • Denise Shick, author, speaker and Executive Director of Help 4 Families
  • Christopher Doyle, President of Voice of the Voiceless

At the conference, Rios will be receiving the Friends of Ex-Gay Freedom Award, and Jernigan will be receiving the Ex-Gay Courage Award.

For more information on the conference, click here, visit http://pfox.org/the-second-annual-ex-gay-awareness-month/, call (804) 453-4737 or email info@pfox.org.

PFOX recently unveiled its new web site to serve as an encouraging resource for parents and friends who are supporting an ex-gay or gay family member.

Found online at www.pfox.org, the site provides help and support to ex-gays and their family and friends as they live out their daily lives. PFOX believes knowledge is power and wants to keep the community informed of the latest news concerning ex-gays and the ex-gay community by disseminating accurate information and debunking misconceptions about ex-gays and same-sex attraction.

PFOX is a national non-profit organization that supports families and educates the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX is for every person seeking the support of family, friends, the community and church. PFOX supports an inclusive environment for the ex-gay community and works to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals by conducting public education and outreach to further individual self-determination and respect for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation. 

PFOX believes that every person seeking positive life change needs and deserves the love and support of friends, family, the community and the church and strives to offer a place for help, a place for truth, and a place for the ex-gay to participate in the conversation about same-sex attraction.

PFOX families love their homosexual child unconditionally, believing that true love is granted in spite of our differences by treating each other with kindness and respect. Each year, thousands of men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to leave a gay identity through gender-affirming programs, including counseling, support groups, faith-based ministries and other non-judgmental environments. 

For more information on PFOX, visit www.PFOX.org.

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to support families and educate the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community.

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To interview PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs or another representative from PFOX, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.


MEDIA ADVISORY: Media Credentials for 2nd Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Confernce, October 3-4

MEDIA ADVISORY: Media Credentials for 2nd Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Confernce, October 3-4

MEDIA ADVISORY: Media Credentials for 2nd Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Confernce, October 3-4

Washington, D.C. – Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) is pleased to extend press credentials for media outlets wishing to cover the 2014 Ex-Gay Awareness Conference, October 3-4, in Washington, D.C. The conference is being co-hosted by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) and Equality And Justice For All (E&JA).

Sponsors of the conference include: Family Research Council, American Family Association, Liberty Counsel, Defend Life, The Alliance for Scientific Integrity and Therapeutic Choice, PFOX, VoV, E&JA, and more . . .

A conference and celebration on October 4th featuring former US Ambassador Alan Keyes as the keynote speaker will highlight the many achievements of ex-gays, including Christian singer/songwriter Dennis Jernigan, who will receive the 2014 Courage Award for Former Homosexuals. Other speakers include Matt Barber, Vice President of Liberty Counsel, Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council, and a special appearance by American Family Radio personality and former Fox News contributor, Sandy Rios, who will accept the 2014 Friend of Ex-Gays Freedom Award.

If your media outlet wishes to cover this event and receive press credentials, please e-mail Christopher Doyle at cdoyle@voiceofthevoiceless.info with your contact information. Please note that not all media outlets will be granted permission to cover the event, and that press credentials for this private event are considered on a case by case basis.

For more information on last year's event, please
Click here to watch excerpts of the 2013 Ex-Gay Awareness Dinner in Washington, D.C.

Alan Keyes to speak on progressive’s secret: Ex-gays. | Communities Digital News

http://www.commdiginews.com/politics-2/presidential-candidate-alan-keyes-to-speak-at-parents-and-friends-of-ex-gays-gays-conference-26704/

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Join us for Ex-Gay Awareness Day at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.






















EX-GAY Awareness DAY at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.


Please join Equality and Justice For All for Ex-Gay awareness Day on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. The event begins with a get acquainted and training session. Ex-Gay Awareness day on Capital Hill is on Friday October 3 and runs from 9:00 AM – 4 PM. It's fun and sharing your story will impact future legislation.


There's a desperate need to educate Congress about former homosexuals. We will introduce Congressional leaders to the fact that homosexuality is not genetic or irreversible. Most Congressional members do not realize that thousands of people have left homosexuality. Congress only hears one side of the issue. We must act NOW before it is too late.


You will make appointments to see your Congressional representative and Senator on Ex-Gay Awareness Day. Let the legislative assistants know that you are a constituent in town and want to make an appointment to talk with them on October 3. Equality and Justice For All will provide training about what issues to speak about. We will also distribute handout materials for you to give to your Congressional representatives. Please join us for a fun adventure, to make new friends, and get our message out. This is the year to make ourselves heard!



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Yes! I want to attend Ex-Gay Awareness day to educate Congress on the fact that ex-gays exist, that homosexuality is not genetic or irreversible, and the need for ex-gay civil rights . I understand and agree to contact my Congressional representatives to make appointments to see them and that I must attend the training session, and to only distribute Equality and Justice For All materials.

Code of Conduct -- Equality and Justice For All requires attendees to sign and adhere to certain standards of conduct, and is not responsible for the individual conduct of attendees. We reserve the right to refuse any person to register, and disruptive conduct will be grounds for removal. Attendee agrees to uphold the principals and beliefs of Equality and Justice For All -- that we support the ex-gay community, ex-gay rights, and providing hope to those with unwanted same-sex attractions and gender confusion that change is possible. No cell phones, recording devices or photos may be used or taken during the training session. I agree to the above conditions.  Signed:
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PFOX Ex-Gay Awareness Conference Just Nine Days Away


PFOX Ex-Gay Awareness Conference Just Nine Days Away

***NEWS RELEASE***


For Immediate Release
September 24, 2014

CONTACT:
Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, DHamilton@HamiltonStrategies.com

PFOX Ex-Gay Awareness Conference Just Nine Days Away

Former Ambassador Alan Keyes, American Family Association's Sandy Rios to Headline Speaker Lineup


Richmond, Va.—Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX, www.pfox.org), a non-profit organization serving families and the ex-gay community, will be hosting its second annual Ex-Gay Awareness Month Conference in Washington, D.C. beginning in just nine days.

The two-day event on Oct. 3-4 will feature a legislator education day on Capitol Hill on the first day of the conference for those interested in visiting their legislators in support of ex-gays and individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions. A training seminar will be offered on Friday morning in preparation for the legislator education day.

Then from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3, international worship leader Dennis Jernigan will perform his music and premiere his new film about his life and leaving homosexuality called, "Sing Over Me." Hors d'oeuvres will be served, followed by a Q&A session with Jernigan. 

The all-day conference and luncheon on Oct. 4 will celebrate the lives of individuals who have left the homosexual lifestyle and will include a panel discussion with parents and friends of ex-gays and gays, led by PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs.

"Our second annual conference is sure to raise awareness about the serious issues that ex-gays face," Griggs said. "We are looking forward to a strong showing of attendees as we honor our ex-gays and their families. We also welcome the families and friends of those living homosexually who support the ex-gay message that change is possible."

Scheduled speakers at the second annual conference include:

  • Alan Keyes, former ambassador and presidential candidate
  • Sandy Rios, Director of Government Relations for American Family Radio Talk and Vice President of Family Pac Federal
  • Matt Barber, founder of BarbWire.com
  • Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at Family Research Council
  • Jayson Graves, Clinical Director at Healing for the Soul
  • Greg Quinlan, Past President of PFOX
  • Regina Griggs, Executive Director of PFOX
  • Denise Shick, author, speaker and Executive Director of Help 4 Families
  • Christopher Doyle, President of Voice of the Voiceless

At the conference, Rios will be receiving the Friends of Ex-Gay Freedom Award, and Jernigan will be receiving the Ex-Gay Courage Award.

For more information on the conference, click here, visit http://pfox.org/the-second-annual-ex-gay-awareness-month/, call (804) 453-4737 or email info@pfox.org.

PFOX recently unveiled its new web site to serve as an encouraging resource for parents and friends who are supporting an ex-gay or gay family member.

Found online at www.pfox.org, the site provides help and support to ex-gays and their family and friends as they live out their daily lives. PFOX believes knowledge is power and wants to keep the community informed of the latest news concerning ex-gays and the ex-gay community by disseminating accurate information and debunking misconceptions about ex-gays and same-sex attraction.

PFOX is a national non-profit organization that supports families and educates the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX is for every person seeking the support of family, friends, the community and church. PFOX supports an inclusive environment for the ex-gay community and works to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals by conducting public education and outreach to further individual self-determination and respect for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation. 

PFOX believes that every person seeking positive life change needs and deserves the love and support of friends, family, the community and the church and strives to offer a place for help, a place for truth, and a place for the ex-gay to participate in the conversation about same-sex attraction.

PFOX families love their homosexual child unconditionally, believing that true love is granted in spite of our differences by treating each other with kindness and respect. Each year, thousands of men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to leave a gay identity through gender-affirming programs, including counseling, support groups, faith-based ministries and other non-judgmental environments. 

For more information on PFOX, visit www.PFOX.org.

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to support families and educate the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community.

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To interview PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs or another representative from PFOX, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.


Monday, September 22, 2014

PFOX: Ex-Gay is Real, Change is Possible

***NEWS RELEASE***


For Immediate Release
September 22, 2014

CONTACT:

Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, DHamilton@HamiltonStrategies.com

 

PFOX: Ex-Gay Is Real, Change is Possible 

PFOX to Exhibit at Values Voter Summit and Promote Second Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Conference Set for October 3-4 in Washington, D.C.


Richmond, Va.—To help promote and prepare for its upcoming conference, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX, www.pfox.org), a non-profit organization serving families and the ex-gay community, will be one of the featured exhibitors at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., this weekend.

Set for this weekend at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in the nation's capital, the Values Voter Summit brings together some of the top names and organizations active in conservative politics to discuss pressing issues critical to the nation.

"We are excited to be a part of this group of game-changers at the Values Voter Summit this weekend in D.C.," said PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs. "Here at PFOX, we encourage unconditional love for family members and friends who identify as homosexual or transgender, and we are looking forward to sharing our mission as well as information about our upcoming conference with the thousands of attendees who are joining together to bring about positive change.

"Those at the Summit will be able to meet PFOX families as well as register for the upcoming PFOX conference, where former ambassador Alan Keyes and American Family Association's Sandy Rios will be featured speakers. The conference is a wonderful opportunity for people to hear the positive testimonies of members the ex-gay community and learn how they can help spread the good news that change is possible."

Values Voter Summit was created in 2006 to provide a forum to help inform and mobilize citizens across America to preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government that make the nation strong. It has drawn as many as 3,000 plus attendees from around the nation and internationally.

PFOX's exhibit, along with others, will open at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in the hotel's Ambassador Ballroom and Birdcage Walk. Registration for the Summit also opens at that time. On Friday, exhibits will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the Summit officially begins at 8:45 a.m. with the morning session and panel discussion titled, "America Abroad: Our Role in the Global Quest for Freedom."

The PFOX exhibit will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Other exhibitors along with PFOX will include: American Family Association, "America" the Movie, Charisma Media, Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, Freedom Alliance, Freedom X, Heritage Foundation, Liberty Counsel, Liberty Institute, Live Action, Media Research Center, National Organization for Marriage, National Religious Broadcasters and Patriot Voices.

At the Summit, PFOX will share information about its upcoming second annual Ex-Gay Awareness Month Conference, set for Oct. 3-4 in Washington, D.C. The conference will educate individuals and lawmakers on the reality that change is possible for those who struggle with homosexual feelings.

Tickets for the upcoming PFOX conference are $99, and registration is available at www.pfox.org or at the exhibit table at the Values Voter Summit. The conference will feature interaction with lawmakers on Oct. 3, the first day of the conference, on Capitol Hill for those interested in visiting their legislators in support of ex-gays and individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions.

Then from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3, international worship leader Dennis Jernigan will perform his music and premiere his new film about his life and leaving homosexuality called, "Sing Over Me." Hors d'oeuvres will be served, followed by a Q&A session with Jernigan. 

The all-day conference and luncheon on Oct. 4 will celebrate the lives of individuals who have left the homosexual lifestyle and will include a panel discussion with parents and friends of ex-gays and gays, led by Griggs.

Scheduled speakers at the second annual conference include:

  • Alan Keyes, former ambassador and presidential candidate
  • Sandy Rios, Director of Government Relations for American Family Radio Talk and Vice President of Family Pac Federal
  • Matt Barber, Founder of BarbWire.com
  • Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at Family Research Council
  • Jayson Graves, Clinical Director at Healing for the Soul
  • Greg Quinlan, Past President of PFOX
  • Regina Griggs, Executive Director of PFOX
  • Denise Shick, author, speaker and Executive Director of Help 4 Families
  • Christopher Doyle, President of Voice of the Voiceless

At the conference, Rios will receive the Friends of Ex-Gay Freedom Award, and Jernigan will receive the Ex-Gay Courage Award.

For more information on the conference, click here, visit http://pfox.org/the-second-annual-ex-gay-awareness-month/, call (804) 453-4737 or email info@pfox.org.

PFOX recently unveiled its new web site to serve as an encouraging resource for parents and friends who are supporting an ex-gay or gay family member.

Found online at www.pfox.org, the site provides help and support to ex-gays and their family and friends as they live out their daily lives. PFOX believes knowledge is power and wants to keep the community informed of the latest news concerning ex-gays and the ex-gay community by disseminating accurate information and debunking misconceptions about ex-gays and same-sex attraction.

PFOX is a national non-profit organization that supports families and educates the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX is for every person seeking the support of family, friends, the community and church. PFOX supports an inclusive environment for the ex-gay community and works to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals by conducting public education and outreach to further individual self-determination and respect for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation. 

PFOX believes that every person seeking positive life change needs and deserves the love and support of friends, family, the community and the church and strives to offer a place for help, a place for truth, and a place for the ex-gay to participate in the conversation about same-sex attraction.

PFOX families love their homosexual child unconditionally, believing that true love is granted in spite of our differences by treating each other with kindness and respect. Each year, thousands of men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to leave a gay identity through gender-affirming programs, including counseling, support groups, faith-based ministries and other non-judgmental environments. 

For more information on PFOX, visit www.PFOX.org.

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to support families and educate the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community.

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To interview PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs or another representative from PFOX, contact Deborah Hamilton at dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Family Research Council

Family Research Council

New Study On Homosexual Parents Tops All Previous Research


By Peter Sprigg Senior Fellow for Policy Studies

 

In a historic study of children raised by homosexual parents, sociologist Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas at Austin has overturned the conventional academic wisdom that such children suffer no disadvantages when compared to children raised by their married mother and father. Just published in the journal Social Science Research,[1] the most careful, rigorous, and methodologically sound study ever conducted on this issue found numerous and significant differences between these groups--with the outcomes for children of homosexuals rated "suboptimal" (Regnerus' word) in almost every category.

The Debate Over Homosexual Parents

In the larger cultural, political, and legal debates over homosexuality, one significant smaller debate has been over homosexual parents. Do children who are raised by homosexual parents or caregivers suffer disadvantages in comparison to children raised in other family structuresparticularly children raised by a married mother and father? This question is essential to political and ethical debates over adoption, foster care, and artificial reproductive technology, and it is highly relevant to the raging debate over same-sex "marriage." The argument that "children need a mom and a dad" is central to the defense of marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

Here is how the debate over the optimal family structure for children and the impact of homosexual parents has usually gone:

  • Pro-family organizations (like Family Research Council) assert, "Social science research shows that children do best when raised by their own biological mother and father who are committed to one another in a life-long marriage." This statement is true, and rests on a large and robust collection of studies.
  • Pro-homosexual activists respond, "Ah, but most of those studies compared children raised by a married couple with those raised by divorced or single parents--not with homosexual parents." (This is also true--in large part because the homosexual population, and especially the population of homosexuals raising children, is so small that it is difficult to obtain a representative sample.)
  • The advocates of homosexual parenting then continue, "Research done specifically on children raised by homosexual parents shows that there are no differences (or no differences that suggest any disadvantage) between them and children raised by heterosexual parents."
  • Pro-family groups respond with a number of critiques of such studies on homosexual parents. For example, such studies usually have relied on samples that are small and not representative of the population, and they frequently have been conducted by openly homosexual researchers who have an ideological bias on the question being studied. In addition, these studies also usually make comparisons with children raised by divorced or single parents--rather than with children raised by their married, biological mother and father.

In fact, an important article published in tandem with the Regnerus study (by Loren Marks, Louisiana State University) analyzes the 59 previous studies cited in a 2005 policy brief on homosexual parents by the American Psychological Association (APA).[2] Marks debunks the APA's claim that "[n]ot a single study has found children of lesbian or gay parents to be disadvantaged in any significant respect relative to children of heterosexual parents." Marks also points out that only four of the 59 studies cited by the APA even met the APA's own standards by "provid[ing] evidence of statistical power." As Marks so carefully documents, "[N]ot one of the 59 studies referenced in the 2005 APA Brief compares a large, random, representative sample of lesbian or gay parents and their children with a large, random, representative sample of married parents and their children."

To summarize, we have been left with large, scientifically strong studies showing children do best with their married mother and father--but which do not make comparisons with homosexual parents or couples; and studies which purportedly show that children of homosexuals do just as well as other children--but which are methodologically weak and thus scientifically inconclusive.

The New Family Structures Study--Restoring the "Gold Standard"

This logjam of dueling studies has been broken by the work that Regnerus has undertaken. Unlike the many large studies previously undertaken on family structure, Regnerus has included specific comparisons with children raised by homosexual parents. Unlike the previous studies on children of homosexual parents, he has put together a representative, population-based sample that is large enough to draw scientifically and statistically valid conclusions. For these reasons, his "New Family Structures Study" (NFSS) deserves to be considered the "gold standard" in this field.

Another improvement Regnerus has made is in his method of collecting data and measuring outcomes for children in various family structures. Some previous studies collected data while the subjects were still children living at home with their parent or parents--making it impossible to know what the effects of the home environment might be once they reach adulthood. Some such studies even relied, in some cases exclusively, on the self-report of the parent. This raised a serious question of "self-presentation bias"--the tendency of the parent to give answers that will make herself and her child look good.

Regnerus, on the other hand, has surveyed young adults, ages 18 to 39, and asked them about their experiences growing up (and their life circumstances in the present). While these reports are not entirely objective, they are likely to be more reliable than parental self-reports, and allow evaluation of long-term impacts.

The study collected information from its subjects on forty different outcomes. They fall into three groups:

  • Some are essentially yes-or-no questions: are you currently married, are you currently unemployed, have you thought recently about suicide?
  • Other questions asked respondents to place themselves on a scale--for example, of educational attainment, happiness or depression, and household income.
  • Finally, "event-count" outcomes involve reporting the frequency of certain experiences--e.g., smoking marijuana or being arrested--and the number of sex partners.

Nearly 15,000 people were "screened" for potential participation in the study; in the end almost 3,000, a representative sample, actually completed the survey questionnaire. Of these, 175 reported that their mother had a same-sex romantic relationship while they were growing up, and 73 said the same about their father. These are numbers just large enough to make some statistically robust conclusions in comparing different family structures.

What the Study Found

The study looked at 40 different outcomes, but reported data for children with "lesbian mothers" and those with "gay fathers" separately. Therefore, there actually were 80 outcome measures that could be said to compare children with "homosexual parents" to those from other family structures. When compared with outcomes for children raised by an "intact biological family" (with a married, biological mother and father), the children of homosexuals did worse (or, in the case of their own sexual orientation, were more likely to deviate from the societal norm) on 77 out of 80 outcome measures. (The only exceptions: children of "gay fathers" were more likely to vote; children of lesbians used alcohol less frequently; and children of "gay fathers" used alcohol at the same rate as those in intact biological families).

Of course, anyone who has had a college course in statistics knows that when a survey shows there are differences between two groups, it is important to test whether that finding is "statistically significant." This is because it is always possible, by chance, that a sample may not accurately reflect the overall population on a particular point. However, through statistical analysis researchers can calculate the likelihood of this, and when they have a high level of confidence that a difference identified in the survey represents an actual difference in the national population, we say that finding is "statistically significant." (This does not mean the other findings are unimportant--just that we cannot have as high a level of confidence in them.)

Regnerus has analyzed his findings, and their statistical significance, in two ways--first by a simple and direct comparison between what is reported by the children of homosexual parents and the children of "intact biological families" ("IBFs"), and second by "controlling" for a variety of other characteristics. "Controlling for income," for example, would mean showing that "IBF" children do not do better just because their married parents have higher incomes, but that they do better even when the incomes of their households and the households of homosexual parents are the same. Again, Regnerus has done these comparisons for "LMs" (children of "lesbian mothers") and "GFs" (children of gay fathers) separately.

There are eight outcome variables where differences between the children of homosexual parents and married parents were not only present, and favorable to the married parents, but where these findings were statistically significant for both children of lesbian mothers and "gay" fathers and both with and without controls. While all the findings in the study are important, these are the strongest possible ones--virtually irrefutable. Compared with children raised by their married biological parents (IBF), children of homosexual parents (LM and GF):

  • Are much more likely to have received welfare (IBF 17%; LM 69%; GF 57%)
  • Have lower educational attainment
  • Report less safety and security in their family of origin
  • Report more ongoing "negative impact" from their family of origin
  • Are more likely to suffer from depression
  • Have been arrested more often
  • If they are female, have had more sexual partners--both male and female

The high mathematical standard of "statistical significance" was more difficult to reach for the children of "gay fathers" in this study because there were fewer of them. The following, however, are some additional areas in which the children of lesbian mothers (who represented 71% of all the children with homosexual parents in this study) differed from the IBF children, in ways that were statistically significant in both a direct comparison and with controls. Children of lesbian mothers:

  • Are more likely to be currently cohabiting
  • Are almost 4 times more likely to be currently on public assistance
  • Are less likely to be currently employed full-time
  • Are more than 3 times more likely to be unemployed
  • Are nearly 4 times more likely to identify as something other than entirely heterosexual
  • Are 3 times as likely to have had an affair while married or cohabiting
  • Are an astonishing 10 times more likely to have been "touched sexually by a parent or other adult caregiver."
  • Are nearly 4 times as likely to have been "physically forced" to have sex against their will
  • Are more likely to have "attachment" problems related to the ability to depend on others
  • Use marijuana more frequently
  • Smoke more frequently
  • Watch TV for long periods more frequently
  • Have more often pled guilty to a non-minor offense

Differences in Sexuality

When comparing children of homosexuals with children of married biological parents, the differences in sexuality--experiences of sexual abuse, number of sexual partners, and homosexual feelings and experiences among the children themselves--were among the most striking. While not all of the findings mentioned below have the same level of "statistical significance" as those mentioned above, they remain important.

At one time, defenders of homosexual parents not only argued that their children do fine on psychological and developmental measures, but they also said that children of homosexuals "are no more likely to be gay" than children of heterosexuals. That claim will be impossible to maintain in light of this study. It found that children of homosexual fathers are nearly 3 times as likely, and children of lesbian mothers are nearly 4 times as likely, to identify as something other than entirely heterosexual. Children of lesbian mothers are 75% more likely, and children of homosexual fathers are 3 times more likely, to be currently in a same-sex romantic relationship.

The same holds true with the number of sexual partners. Both males and females who were raised by both lesbian mothers and homosexual fathers have more opposite-sex (heterosexual) partners than children of married biological parents (daughters of homosexual fathers had twice as many). But the differences in homosexual conduct are even greater. The daughters of lesbians have 4 times as many female (that is, same-sex) sexual partners than the daughters of married biological parents, and the daughters of homosexual fathers have 6 times as many. Meanwhile, the sons of both lesbian mothers and homosexual fathers have 7 times as many male (same-sex) sexual partners as sons of married biological parents.

The most shocking and troubling outcomes, however, are those related to sexual abuse. Children raised by a lesbian mother were 10 times more likely to have been "touched sexually by a parent or other adult caregiver" (23% reported this, vs. only 2% for children of married biological parents), while those raised by a homosexual father were 3 times more likely (reported by 6%). In his text, but not in his charts, Regnerus breaks out these figures for only female victims, and the ratios remain similar (3% IBF; 31% LM; 10% GF). As to the question of whether you have "ever been physically forced" to have sex against your will (not necessarily in childhood), affirmative answers came from 8% of children of married biological parents, 31% of children of lesbian mothers (nearly 4 times as many), and 25% of the children of homosexual fathers (3 times as many). Again, when Regnerus breaks these figures out for females (who are more likely to be victims of sexual abuse in general), such abuse was reported by 14% of IBFs, but 3 times as many of the LMs (46%) and GFs (52%).

These data require more detailed exploration and explanation. A number of researchers have pointed out that self-identified homosexual adults (both men and women) are more likely to report having been victims of child sexual abuse. However, Family Research Council and other pro-family organizations have been criticized for also pointing to evidence suggesting that homosexual men are more likely to commit acts of child sexual abuse than are heterosexual men. And experts in child sexual abuse in general say that men are most often the perpetrators, regardless of the sex of the victim. Therefore, the finding that children of lesbian mothers are significantly more likely to have been victims of sexual touching by "a parent or adult caregiver" than even the children of homosexual fathers is counter-intuitive.

However, it is important to note what we do not know about such experiences from the data that have been published. The fact that a child of a lesbian mother was touched by "a parent or adult caregiver" does not mean that the lesbian mother was herself the parent or caregiver who did the "touching." An alternative scenario mentioned by Regnerus, for example--hypothetical, but plausible--is one in which a child is molested by her biological father; her mother divorces her father; and the mother later enters into a lesbian relationship.

Limitations of the Study

While the Regnerus study is a vast improvement over virtually all the prior research in the field, it still leaves much to study and learn about homosexual parents and their effect on children. Author Mark Regnerus emphasizes the traditional caveat in social science, warning against leaping to conclusions regarding "causality." In other words, just because there are statistical correlations between having a homosexual parent and experiencing negative outcomes does not automatically prove that having a homosexual parent is what caused the negative outcomes--other factors could be at work.

This is true in a strict scientific sense--but because Regnerus carefully controlled for so many other factors in the social environment, the study gives a clear indication that it is this parental characteristic which best defines the household environment that produces these troubling outcomes. The large number of significant negative outcomes in this study gives legitimate reason for concern about the consequences of "homosexual parenting."

The definition of what it means to have a homosexual parent is also a loose one in this study--by necessity, in order to maximize the sample size of homosexual parents. Not all of those who reported that a parent was in a same-sex relationship even lived with that parent during the relationship; many who did, did not live with the partner as well. Only 23% of those with a lesbian mother, and only 2% of those with a homosexual father, had spent as long as three years living in a household with the homosexual parent and the parent's partner at the same time. Details like this involving the actual timeline of these children's lives can reportedly be found in Regnerus' dataset, which is to be made available to other researchers later this year.

Figures like these suggest a need for more research, to distinguish, for example, the effects of living with a homosexual parent from having a non-custodial one, or the effects of living with a homosexual single parent vs. a homosexual couple. But they also point out something of note for public policy debates on "gay families"--the stereotype put forward by pro-homosexual activists, of a same-sex couple jointly parenting a child from birth (following either adoption or the use of artificial reproductive technology), represents a scenario that is extraordinarily rare in real life. Most "homosexual parents" have their own biological children who were conceived in the context of a previous heterosexual relationship or marriage, which then ended before the person entered into homosexual relationships.

Conclusion

The articles by Marks and Regnerus have completely changed the playing field for debates about homosexual parents, "gay families," and same-sex "marriage." The myths that children of homosexual parents are "no different" from other children and suffer "no harm" from being raised by homosexual parents have been shattered forever.