Contact: Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX)
For Immediate Release
Ex-Gays Condemn Hypocritical Attacks on Duck Dynasty TV Star
In response to the A&E cable network's suspension of Duck Dynasty founder Phil Robertson from his television reality show because of the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation’s (GLAAD) anger at Robertson's statements against homosexual behavior, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays ( PFOX) released the following:
HRC and GLAAD demand punishment for people like Phil Robertson who do not agree with homosexual behavior, yet these same gay activist groups work to deny the civil rights of former homosexuals because they disagree with their sexual choices. Gay activists advocate for homosexuals, bisexuals and transgenders, but openly hate and bully people in the ex-gay community. Homosexual groups cannot claim sympathy as victims when they victimize others.
Mr. Robertson’s crime was to say that, as a man, he prefers female anatomy, and he quoted the Bible. For that, he has been targeted by gay groups and suspended by the A&E Network from filming the hit show.
The demonization of ex-gays by gays themselves is a sad end to the long struggle for tolerance by the gay community. That ex-gays and their supporters are now oppressed by the same people who continue to claim victimization themselves demonstrates where the gay rights movement has gone – toward intolerance.
Every person seeking positive life change toward healthy sexuality needs the love and support of friends, family, the community, and places of worship. Respecting the lives of real people who decided to change – and including them in the conversation – is part of building a tolerant society. No one should be deprived of the truth about ex-gays because opponents prefer censorship and demonization over dialogue. Ex-gays need a climate of compassion and inclusion, not contempt and exclusion.
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) is the nation’s leading advocacy organization for love, support, and positive life change for the ex-gay community, their families, and individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions.