Thursday, March 29, 2012

Celebrate Silence

Contact:  Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX)

804-453-4737, PFOX@pfox.org   

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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PFOX Celebrates Day of Silence

Urges Students to Distribute Ex-Gay Flyers on April 20

 

Washington D.C. – Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) is urging students, parents, and educators to distribute ex-gay flyers on April 20 to their schools with Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) or other gay-themed student clubs. 

 

April 20 is the annual “day of silence” when student and teacher members of homosexual clubs in schools across the country remain silent for the school day in order to bring attention to intolerance against homosexuals. 

 

“Since members of these gay affirming clubs agree to remain silent for the day, April 20 is the time to distribute ex-gay information without interference or harassment from any gay activist faculty or GSA clubs,” said Greg Quinlan, President of PFOX.

 

“PFOX is calling on students to distribute flyers promoting acceptance of ex-gays.  Former homosexuals and their supporters are ridiculed and forced to live in silence.  Our nation’s schools deny students with unwanted same-sex attractions any support or fact-based information that feelings can and do change.”

 

“PFOX has distributed informative flyers in some of the largest school districts in the country,” said Quinlan.   “PFOX’s one-page flyer gives students more complete information on sexual orientation and urges tolerance for all.  Yet many GSA clubs have opposed our flyers even though they demand equality for gays.  Equality exists when both gay and ex-gay organizations have equal access to students on the issue of sexual orientation.  Gay groups should not be the only ones to have access to students on the issue of sexual orientation.”

 

PFOX’s flyer can be downloaded for free at http://pfox.org/school_resources_handout.pdf

 

“We encourage everyone to print these flyers and distribute them at their schools on April 20 and whenever a gay event is featured in order to promote diversity and safety,” said Quinlan.  “Our children deserve no less.”

 

Since many students are now encouraged to identify as ‘gay’ at an early age, the flyer explains that children do not have to prematurely label their entire future lives as ‘gay.”  The flyer also discourages bullying, name calling, discrimination, and intolerance.

 

Various PFOX brochures and handouts about sexual orientation, gender identity, bullying, tolerance, and more can also be found at http://pfox.org/bookstore.html for downloading, printing and distribution.

 

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is the nation's leading advocacy organization for the ex-gay community, their families, and individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions.

 

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