Friday, September 26, 2014

PFOX Ex-Gay Awareness Conference Opens in One Week

PFOX Ex-Gay Awareness Conference Opens in One Week


For Immediate Release
September 26, 2014

Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096,

PFOX Ex-Gay Awareness Conference Opens in One Week

Former Ambassador Alan Keyes, American Family Association's Sandy Rios to Headline Speaker Lineup


Richmond, Va.—Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX,, a non-profit organization serving families and the ex-gay community, will be hosting its second annual Ex-Gay Awareness Month Conference in Washington, D.C. beginning one week from today on Friday, October 3.

The two-day event on Oct. 3-4 will feature a legislator education day on Capitol Hill on the first day of the conference for those interested in visiting their legislators in support of ex-gays and individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions. A training seminar will be offered on Friday morning in preparation for the legislator education day.

Then from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3, international worship leader Dennis Jernigan will perform his music and premiere his new film about his life and leaving homosexuality called, "Sing Over Me." Hors d'oeuvres will be served, followed by a Q&A session with Jernigan. 

The all-day conference and luncheon on Oct. 4 will celebrate the lives of individuals who have left the homosexual lifestyle and will include a panel discussion with parents and friends of ex-gays and gays, led by PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs.

"Our second annual conference is sure to raise awareness about the serious issues that ex-gays face," Griggs said. "We are looking forward to a strong showing of attendees as we honor our ex-gays and their families. We also welcome the families and friends of those living homosexually who support the ex-gay message that change is possible."

Scheduled speakers at the second annual conference include:

  • Alan Keyes, former ambassador and presidential candidate
  • Sandy Rios, Director of Government Relations for American Family Radio Talk and Vice President of Family Pac Federal
  • Matt Barber, Founder of
  • Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at Family Research Council
  • Jayson Graves, Clinical Director at Healing for the Soul
  • Greg Quinlan, Past President of PFOX
  • Regina Griggs, Executive Director of PFOX
  • Denise Shick, author, speaker and Executive Director of Help 4 Families
  • Christopher Doyle, President of Voice of the Voiceless

At the conference, Rios will be receiving the Friends of Ex-Gay Freedom Award, and Jernigan will be receiving the Ex-Gay Courage Award.

For more information on the conference, click here, visit, call (804) 453-4737 or email

PFOX recently unveiled its new web site to serve as an encouraging resource for parents and friends who are supporting an ex-gay or gay family member.

Found online at, the site provides help and support to ex-gays and their family and friends as they live out their daily lives. PFOX believes knowledge is power and wants to keep the community informed of the latest news concerning ex-gays and the ex-gay community by disseminating accurate information and debunking misconceptions about ex-gays and same-sex attraction.

PFOX is a national non-profit organization that supports families and educates the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX is for every person seeking the support of family, friends, the community and church. PFOX supports an inclusive environment for the ex-gay community and works to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals by conducting public education and outreach to further individual self-determination and respect for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation. 

PFOX believes that every person seeking positive life change needs and deserves the love and support of friends, family, the community and the church and strives to offer a place for help, a place for truth, and a place for the ex-gay to participate in the conversation about same-sex attraction.

PFOX families love their homosexual child unconditionally, believing that true love is granted in spite of our differences by treating each other with kindness and respect. Each year, thousands of men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to leave a gay identity through gender-affirming programs, including counseling, support groups, faith-based ministries and other non-judgmental environments. 

For more information on PFOX, visit

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to support families and educate the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community.


To interview PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs or another representative from PFOX, contact Deborah Hamilton at, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.

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