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Greg Quinlan is Liar and PFOX is a Dishonest Organization, Says TWO
Burlington, Vt. – Truth Wins Out disputed Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX) dishonest and immature portrayal today of a lawsuit filed against its President Greg Quinlan. The lawsuit was dismissed by the United States District Court in Richmond because Besen was deemed a “public figure,” which raises the bar on proving malice in defamation lawsuits. However, the outcome does not erase the fact that Quinlan is a liar who got successfully called out for lying by Truth Wins Out.
“Greg Quinlan clearly fabricated a story and continues to lie about it, showing he has deep character flaws and is unchristian,” said Truth Wins Out’s Wayne Besen. “I’m pleased that we were able to use our lawsuit to highlight his moral turpitude and unethical conduct. Our legal action hardly cost us any money, but it cost Mr. Quinlan his credibility and reputation.” (What shard of credibility existed, anyway)
On October 7, 2011 Quinlan was interviewed on News-Plus with Mark Segraves (WDCW-TV). At the 10:38 mark of the show, Quinlan fabricates an alleged hit on his life. According to Quinlan:
“Truth Wins Out if you look further, including Wayne Besen. He’s asked for people, you know, somebody needs to run Greg over. He needs to be hit with a bus. Somebody should inject him with AIDS. Those are the things that Wayne Besen and Truth Wins Out says about me. That’s pretty hateful rhetoric.”
When confronted with TWO’s threat of a lawsuit, Quinlan abruptly changed his story on PFOX’s website: “The truth is that Besen once said to me in a private conversation that someone should run me over with a bus or inject me with AIDS.”
First Quinlan alleged that Besen made these statements to other people, then he reversed course and said that Besen addressed him directly in a private conversation. TWO challenges Quinlan to disclose when and where this alleged private conversation occurred. If it was a phone conversation, we hope that Quinlan will provide phone records. If the supposed conversation took place in person, Quinlan should reveal precisely where and when the incident took place. Of course, we will never get honest answers because Greg Quinlan is a liar who consistently misrepresents the truth.
“When one’s entire life is based on a lie, it is easy to see how this might affect truth telling in a number of ways,” says Besen. “My challenge to Quinlan still stands: let’s both take lie detector tests and release the results publicly. Of course this dishonest coward will never rise to this challenge.”
Quinlan also outright lied on PFOX’s website about Besen being fired from the Human Rights Campaign. During the court case TWO provided Quinlan and his legal team with a letter from HRC refuting the bogus charge. Yet, Quinlan repeated the charge today, setting the stage for another potential lawsuit.
To see the dishonesty of PFOX, one has to look no further than the Homepage of its website. On the bottom right-hand side is a video of Dr. Robert Spitzer asserting that some gay people can go from gay to straight, even though Spitzer has now disavowed his study. Right below that is a “Certificate of Appreciation” from the District of Columbia, even though the former mayor, Adrian Fenty said in 2010 that the “honor” was a clerical error.
“Why are the Spitzer video and the DC certificate still on the front page of PFOX’s site?” Asked Besen. “It seems incredibly sleazy of PFOX to deceive their own supporters by deliberately posting misrepresentations and outdated research.”
Truth Wins Out is a nonprofit organization that fights anti-LGBT extremism. TWO specializes in turning information into action by organizing, advocating and fighting for LGBT equality.