Ex-Gay Awareness Month designed to combat marginalization, discrimination
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX), a sponsor of the event, says bringing awareness to the ex-gay community in this way has become necessary because gay activists have changed their strategy from seeking equality for the 3.9 percent of LGBT Americans to silencing any of the 96.1 percent who disagree with their agenda. Among those being silenced are former homosexuals, whose voices PFOX says are routinely marginalized, maligned, and minimized in the media and public sector.
“Two wrongs don’t make a right. The same gay activists who claim to have fought against prejudice are now trying to take away the free choice of people who desire to change from gay to straight,” said Christopher Doyle, co-founder and president of Voice of the Voiceless, the only anti-defamation league for former homosexuals, people with unwanted same-sex attractions, and their families.
In August alone, the ex-gay community has been the victim of a number of injustices by high-ranking officials. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law that outlaws therapy for children who wish to overcome unwanted same-sex attractions, some of whom developed such attractions in the wake of sexual abuse at the hands of homosexual predators. Also, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit upheld California’s law banning therapy for minors who wish to go from gay to straight, despite statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing an increase in HIV infections by MSM (men who have sex with men) aged 13-24.
Doyle explained that gay activists carefully and patiently promoted these attacks on the free choice of ex-gays through various methods:
“The demonization of ex-gays by gays themselves is a sad development in the long struggle for the tolerance the gay community claims to be fighting for,” commented former homosexual Greg Quinlan, a PFOX board member. “That ex-gays are now oppressed by the same people who have felt victimized themselves demonstrates how low the gay rights movement has gone. The victims have now become politically powerful oppressors.”
Because former homosexuals are perhaps the last invisible minority group in America, Ex-Gay Awareness Month ensures the safety and inclusion of former homosexuals in all realms of society and supports the ex-gay community’s equal access to all public venues. Ex-gays and their supporters should not have to be closeted for fear of others’ negative reactions or disapproval.
For more information on the first Ex-Gay Awareness Month dinner/reception on Sept. 30, visit http://pfox.org/EXGayPrideAwareness.html.