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PFOX Conference Celebrates Ex-Gay Awareness Victories

PFOX Conference Celebrates Ex-Gay Awareness Victories


For Immediate Release
October 13, 2014

Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, DHamilton@HamiltonStrategies.com


PFOX Conference Celebrates Ex-Gay Awareness Victories


Two-Day Event in Washington, D.C., Highlighted Stories of Celebration and Evidence of Progress


RICHMOND, Va.—The recent two-day Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX, www.pfox.org) Ex-Gay Awareness Month Conference celebrated victories of personal stories, acceptance and support for those with a desire to leave the homosexual lifestyle, and progress for the cause of encouraging acceptance of ex-gays by society.

"Our second annual conference was a wonderful chance to provide support to ex-gays as well as families of those who have a loved one who identifies as homosexual," said PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs. "The Friday morning time of sharing your testimony with legislators was an opportunity to educate our elected officials about the fact that homosexuality is not innate and that changing sexual orientation and gender identity is possible. Friday evening's praise and worship concert with Dennis Jernigan opened hearts and minds for the conference, and Saturday was an educational and inspirational day with knowledgeable and compassionate speakers, including Alan Keyes and Sandy Rios, who addressed today's culture, and the need to stand firm and maintain our faith as we face the ongoing battles and those yet to come."

Attendees at the conference, which took place Oct. 3-4, included individuals struggling with unwanted same-sex attractions as well as those who had left the homosexual lifestyle. Griggs added that many of the participants expressed appreciation at meeting others who shared their experiences and understood what they are facing.

"I had lots of people tell me that they enjoyed the conference and were excited about meeting people who understood their issues, developed new friendships and they felt comfortable," she added. "They liked the friendly atmosphere, and there were opportunities for attendees to sit and talk with people they met."

PFOX worked alongside Voice of the Voiceless, an organization that advocates for the rights of former homosexuals, as well as Equality and Justice for All, the only civil rights organization dedicated to furthering the welfare of the ex-gay community by promoting fair and equitable laws and policies protecting the rights of ex-gays.

Voice of the Voiceless President Christopher Doyle told The Christian Post that support for the ex-gay community has improved over the past year, evidenced by the failure of legislation aimed at criminalizing talk therapy with minors who are struggling with homosexual feelings.

"We have stopped 14 bills in state legislatures across the country that have tried to ban therapy for minors," Doyle told CP. "People have been telling their stories in much greater number and veracity than last year."

Doyle added that the conference was a great success, with increased attendance over last year.

"This conference cast a vision for future work to protect the rights of individuals who do not embrace a gay identity and seek therapeutic and spiritual support for unwanted homosexual feelings, both from a legislative and advocacy standpoint," Doyle told CP.

The conference featured a time for legislature education, as well as the viewing of the film, "Sing Over Me," which tells the story of musician Dennis Jernigan as he left the homosexual lifestyle.

Griggs noted that several who participated in the legislator education day are already planning to attend next year's Capitol Hill sharing day.

"Ex-gays and their supporters are waking up," she said. "We offered a hopeful message to families of homosexuals who were able to hear from the ex-gay community, to connect to other families dealing with the same issues and to find helpful support and resources. We believe many at the conference did just that." 

Featured speakers at the conference were 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; and Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at Family Research Council. Rios received the Friends of Ex-Gay Freedom Award, and Jernigan received the Ex-Gay Courage Award.

The Liberty Counsel, Family Research Council, American Family Association and Defend Life, among others, helped sponsor the conference.

This year, 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 www.pfox.org, 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 www.PFOX.org or email info@pfox.org.

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 dhamilton@hamiltonstrategies.com, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096.

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