Right Wing Leaders To Spread Lies In The Guise Of Love, Says TWO
TWO’ Executive Director Wayne Besen Will Be In Macon on Saturday And Is Available For Interviews
WHAT: Leaders from Focus on the Family are appearing at a so-called “ex-gay” symposium in Macon called “Love Matters Most,” which falsely leads people to believe that they can “pray away the gay.” Truth Wins Out’ Executive Director, Wayne Besen, will be available for interviews in Macon on Saturday, September 30, in his organization’ effort to counter Focus on the Family’ disinformation campaign.
“This event will spread lies in the guise of love and substitute scientific facts with faith-based fiction,” said Besen. “What these ex-gay groups are not telling people is that their programs shatter lives, create divorces and can even lead to suicide.”
TWO’ Besen will also be attending the conference to get a first-hand account of the program. Love Matters Most promises to “Love homosexuals as Jesus would do” and to offer a “fresh Christian approach.” While skeptical, Besen says he will keep an open mind and would welcome a change of heart and rhetoric from Focus on the Family.
“This conference promises a “fresh Christian approach,’ but it is featuring the same stale anti-gay speakers who for years have twisted research, demeaned homosexuals and used the gay community as political pawns,” said Besen. “I’d like to be pleasantly surprised by the tone of this conference and hope the speakers acknowledge that God loves gay people just as they are.”
WHERE: Christ Chapel at Sportstowne –170 Starcadia Circle
TIME: (8am — 5pm)
BACKGROUND: The ex-gay ministries have a history of embarrassing scandals. Two of the ex-gay group Exodus International’ co-founders, Michael Bussee and Gary Cooper, left the group to marry each other. In 2000, Focus on the Family’ ex gay leader, John Paulk, was photographed by TWO’ Besen in a gay bar in Washington. So-called “conversion therapy” is rejected by every mainstream medical and mental health organization. At the American Psychological Association’ annual meeting in New Orleans, the APA released the following statement:
“For over three decades the consensus of the mental health community has been that homosexuality is not an illness and therefore not in need of a cure. The APA’ concern about the position’ espoused by the National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality and so-called conversion therapy is that they are not supported by the science. There is simply no sufficiently scientifically sound evidence that sexual orientation can be changed. Our further concern is that the positions espoused by NARTH and Focus on the Family create an environment in which prejudice and discrimination can flourish.”
TWO is a non-profit think tank and educational organization that counters right wing disinformation campaigns, debunks the ex-gay myth, and provides accurate information about the lives of GLBT people. Besen, the group’ founder and Executive Director, is the author of “Anything But Straight: Unmasking The Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth.”
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