Thursday, February 24, 2011

PFOX thanks D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray for standing up for equality

Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray -- PFOX was instrumental in achieving equal rights for ex-gays under the D.C. Human Rights Act with our landmark legal case. In light of the new mayor Vincent Gray's commitment to “One City,” PFOX’s civil rights achievement is more important than ever. Like the D.C. mayor, we believe in one city, one people, without division of race, class, or sexual orientation.

From: Traci Hughes []
Sent: Monday, May 24, 2010 11:01 AM
Subject: Re:

Every resident is considered a part of the diverse communities that make up the District of Columbia.  Every resident deserves protection under local and federal laws.

On Sun, May 23, 2010 at 1:58 PM, PFOX <> wrote:
Hello Traci --

Thank you for responding.  Can you clarify for us the following:

As a mayoral candidate, does Chairman Gray believe that ex-gays are included as part of the diversity of the District of Columbia community?
As mayor, would Gray ensure that the D.C. Office of Human Rights continues to protect ex-gays under the District’s Human Rights Act?
We appreciate your response.
Greg Quinlan

From: Traci Hughes []
Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2010 4:28 PM

Dear Mr. Quinlan –

Thank you for your email to Chairman Gray.  The statement issued by the Chairman was done so in his capacity as a mayoral candidate.  The statement expressed the views of the Chairman regarding Mayor Fenty issuing the certificate, and nothing more. 

Kind Regards

Traci L. Hughes
Press Secretary
Vince Gray for Mayor

From: PFOX []
Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2010 1:30 PM
To: Gray, Vincent (COUNCIL)
Subject: Your reaction against ex-gays like me
Importance: High

Dear D.C. Councilmember Vincent Gray:

We are concerned about the negative comments you made about ex-gays with respect to Fenty’s apology for awarding a certificate of appreciation to Regina Griggs, the executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX).  PFOX has been instrumental in obtaining civil rights for all District residents. 

Last year, the lawsuit filed by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) against the D.C. Office of Human Rights resulted in ex-gays being recognized as a protected class under the District’s Human Rights Act.  The Office had refused to extend D.C.’s sexual orientation non-discrimination law to former homosexuals.  But the court held that the Human Rights Act does not require immutable characteristics for sexual orientation status, so that ex-gays are entitled to the same legal protections as gays.  See Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays, Inc. v. Government of the District Office of Human Rights, 2008CA003662 (June 26, 2009).

Are you now saying that ex-gays who apply for ceremonial documents from the Mayor’s office should be refused? 
If a District employee or one of your staff was outed as ex-gay, would you recommend that the employee be fired? 
From your comments to the media, are you saying that ex-gays are not included as part of the diversity of the District of Columbia community?
Do you believe that the D.C. Office of Human Rights should continue to protect ex-gays under the District’s Human Rights Act?

We remain very much concerned about the implications of your comments.  Please respond to our questions as soon as possible. 

As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama was criticized by gay activists for allowing ex-gay singer Donnie McClurkin to sing at his fundraiser.  They insisted that Obama drop McClurkin from the program, but Senator Obama refused.  Please follow President Obama’s courageous example.  There’s no reason why gays and ex-gays can’t live and work together in the District.  Let’s be inclusive of everyone without exception. 

We would like to meet with you and show you that ex-gays are not the horrible people that some others make us out to be. 

Thank you very much.


Greg Quinlan
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays

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