Thursday, January 31, 2002
HEADLINE: Letters to the Editor
Gay activists aren't tolerant of ex-gays
Wayne Besen and Linda Bodie commented Jan. 16 that the addition of
sexual orientation to the state's hate crime laws will protect
"everyone" and not criminalize speech. That is incorrect.
Sexual orientation hate crime laws make ex-gays subject to an
increasingly hostile environment where they are attacked as perpetrators
of hate and discrimination simply because they dare to exist.
Support for the ex-gay community is interpreted as bigotry and hate
against homosexuals. Fighting hate becomes a euphemism for attacks
With a sexual orientation provision to protect their hate, gay activists
can then claim we oppress and intimidate them simply because we advocate
and live out a different view of homosexuality.
Please refrain from passing hate crime laws that will be misused to
legitimize intolerance against ex-gays.
Griggs is executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays. ___________________________________________________________________________
Anything But Straight:
Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth
By Wayne Besen
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Feb. 10, 2002
www.Anythingbutstraight.com is a Key Community Resource for Countering 'Ex-Gay' Misinformation Campaigns
WASHINGTON – A new groundbreaking web-site was launched today promoting a much anticipated book that debunks the ex-gay ministries and reparative therapy. The site, www.Anythingbutstraight.com, will also serve as a comprehensive GLBT community resource that will help activists across the nation fight the extreme right wing's efforts to promote the ex-gay myth.
The soon to be released book by the Harrington Park Press, Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth will be on bookstore shelves in late May 2003.
"This landmark web-site marks the end of the days where the 'ex-gay' hoax went largely unchallenged," said Wayne Besen, author of Anything But Straight. "This web-site debunks the litany of lies, unravels the untruths and separates fact from fiction. I hope GLBT activists, families, mainstream religious groups and news reporters will find this site useful in countering the well-funded 'ex-gay' myth."
www.Anythingbutstraight.com provides a history of the ex-gay ministries and reparative therapy, highlights the many scandals, illustrates the hateful quotes by some of their leaders and unveils a top 10 list of wacky ideas perpetuated by these destructive groups. The web-site also gives an overview of Anything But Straight and talks about the many interesting and unique findings in Besen's extensive research.
"While most ex-gay volunteers are good, but misguided people, their leaders and right wing political sponsors do an enormous amount of damage," said Besen. "This web-site offers victims of the ex-gay myth a way to tell their stories. I hope the web-site can help those still struggling with this issue to live fulfilling lives as proud openly gay individuals."
Anything But Straight can be ordered in advance on the web-site or on www.Amazon.com.
Wayne Besen has been following the "ex-gay" ministries for nearly five years. He also works for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay and lesbian advocacy group, where he edited, Finally Free: How Love and Self-Acceptance Saved Us From the Ex-Gay Ministries. In September 2001, Besen photographed "ex-gay" leader John Paulk in a gay bar after he was spotted by Daryl Herrschaft.
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