Monday, September 22, 2014

PFOX: Ex-Gay is Real, Change is Possible


For Immediate Release
September 22, 2014


Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096,


PFOX: Ex-Gay Is Real, Change is Possible 

PFOX to Exhibit at Values Voter Summit and Promote Second Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Conference Set for October 3-4 in Washington, D.C.

Richmond, Va.—To help promote and prepare for its upcoming conference, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX,, a non-profit organization serving families and the ex-gay community, will be one of the featured exhibitors at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., this weekend.

Set for this weekend at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in the nation's capital, the Values Voter Summit brings together some of the top names and organizations active in conservative politics to discuss pressing issues critical to the nation.

"We are excited to be a part of this group of game-changers at the Values Voter Summit this weekend in D.C.," said PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs. "Here at PFOX, we encourage unconditional love for family members and friends who identify as homosexual or transgender, and we are looking forward to sharing our mission as well as information about our upcoming conference with the thousands of attendees who are joining together to bring about positive change.

"Those at the Summit will be able to meet PFOX families as well as register for the upcoming PFOX conference, where former ambassador Alan Keyes and American Family Association's Sandy Rios will be featured speakers. The conference is a wonderful opportunity for people to hear the positive testimonies of members the ex-gay community and learn how they can help spread the good news that change is possible."

Values Voter Summit was created in 2006 to provide a forum to help inform and mobilize citizens across America to preserve the bedrock values of traditional marriage, religious liberty, sanctity of life and limited government that make the nation strong. It has drawn as many as 3,000 plus attendees from around the nation and internationally.

PFOX's exhibit, along with others, will open at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in the hotel's Ambassador Ballroom and Birdcage Walk. Registration for the Summit also opens at that time. On Friday, exhibits will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the Summit officially begins at 8:45 a.m. with the morning session and panel discussion titled, "America Abroad: Our Role in the Global Quest for Freedom."

The PFOX exhibit will remain open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Other exhibitors along with PFOX will include: American Family Association, "America" the Movie, Charisma Media, Concerned Women for America, Family Research Council, Freedom Alliance, Freedom X, Heritage Foundation, Liberty Counsel, Liberty Institute, Live Action, Media Research Center, National Organization for Marriage, National Religious Broadcasters and Patriot Voices.

At the Summit, PFOX will share information about its upcoming second annual Ex-Gay Awareness Month Conference, set for Oct. 3-4 in Washington, D.C. The conference will educate individuals and lawmakers on the reality that change is possible for those who struggle with homosexual feelings.

Tickets for the upcoming PFOX conference are $99, and registration is available at or at the exhibit table at the Values Voter Summit. The conference will feature interaction with lawmakers on Oct. 3, the first day of the conference, on Capitol Hill for those interested in visiting their legislators in support of ex-gays and individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions.

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 Griggs.

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 receive the Friends of Ex-Gay Freedom Award, and Jernigan will receive 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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