TWO’ Executive Director, Wayne Besen, was in San Diego last week to join nationally recognized gay and lesbian advocates to oppose Exodus International’ “ex-gay” road show, Love Won Out, which took place in La Mesa’ Skyline Church on Saturday.
On the same day as the Exodus event, a counter-conference was held, Just Love, which exposed the ex-gay industry and educated people about the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Just Love took place at St. Paul’ Episcopal Cathedral.
“We thank Rev. Canon Albert Ogle (pictured) and Mike Tidmus for their outstanding leadership in organizing a terrific forum,” said TWO’s Besen. “As a result of their hard work, we were able to educate and inform people about our lives as LGBT Americans.”
The San Diego Union Tribune covered the dueling events. (Although they misquoted me saying the word “lifestyle”, which I would never say.)
Truth Wins Out also held its first San Diego fundraiser on Friday at the lovely home of Bryan H. Wildenthal and Ashish Agrawal. Best selling author of The Front Runner, Patricia Nell Warren, (Pictured Left) was joined by TWO Founder Wayne Besen at the event, which raised more than $1,600.
“We thank Bryan and Ashish for a wonderful event and a memorable evening,” said TWO’s Besen. “Their generosity and commitment to our work allowed TWO to speak out against the ex-gay myth in San Diego and help educate people about these dangerous programs.”
If you are interested in hosting a fundraising event for Truth Wins Out, please contact the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org.