Dishonesty of ‘ex-gay’ group exposed
Despite the collapse of in recent years several high profile Christian groups that advocate gay ‘cures’, there are still cranks out there peddling the ‘ex-gay’ myth.
One is Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) – and they aren’t looking too clever this week following their launch of the billboard above on one of the busiest highways in Richmond, Virginia.
Things turned sour for PFOX when it was revealed that the “twins” on the poster aren’t twins at all.
Without seeking permission, PFOX doubled up a photo of a GAY South African model, Kyle Roux – and he’s spitting tacks.
According to this report, Roux says he was shocked that his image was used in ad – especially because he identifies as an “out and proud” gay man.
It just seems like there no place in today’s world for an organisation that is promoting this as being some kind of deviant or distasteful lifestyle, because I’ve lived my life openly gay and happy for my entire life.
He added that he hoped the billboard campaign wouldn’t harm set back the gay community in the US, in South Africa or anywhere in the world.
It’s actually quite a big thing that there is this kind of discrimination and borderline hate speech going on, you know.
Roux says he’s worried about teens struggling with their sexuality, and he hopes to empower others.
But Chris Doyle, a licensed clinical professional counselor and former board member of PFOX, defensively said:
The issue isn’t the photo on a the billboard, but the actual science.
In a press release announcing the erection of the billboard, PFOX referred to a report entitled by a conservative Christian Dr Neil Whitehead entitled “Identical twin studies prove homosexuality is not genetic“.
PFOX said it had erected the billboard:
To educate the public that research studies on identical twins prove that no one is born gay. The billboard is part of PFOX’s campaign to dispel the myths and mistruths that homosexuality is genetic and part of someone’s DNA.
PFOX executive director Regina Griggs added:
Because identical twins are always genetically identical, homosexuality cannot be genetically dictated.
No one is born gay. Every person seeking positive life change needs the love and support of family, friends, the community and the church. Thousands of individuals have made the decision to leave the homosexual life and will attest to the fact that change is possible.
PFOX believes people deserve to know the truth and believes respecting the lives of those who have made a decision to seek change is part of building a tolerant society.
The demented Griggs then refers to a case of a lesbian who turned straight after her twin sister introduced her to … “Christian music”.
The tattered remains of the “ex-gay” industry suffered another blow when Christian Schizzel, above, who spent seven years touting “reparative therapy”, this week ditched two ministries that had been using him as a poster boy – Janet Boynes Ministries and The Bachmann & Associates counseling centers owned by US Representative Michelle Bachmann and her husband.
Schizzel felt the need to come out publicly, claiming that his sexuality:
Has been exploited my whole life by the Christian community both knowingly and unknowingly. I’m coming out this second time as my true self – a gay man — louder than before so we can all learn from the mistakes made and the harmful effects of reparative therapy can be uncovered and so that people who have used my story against other gay people won’t have it as a weapon anymore.
Schizzel opened up on the process used to “remove” his homosexuality:
There was a psychological ‘breaking-me-down’ and isolation process from my friends and family because they were considered unhealthy. They did this to achieve complete domination over me to build me up and mold me from there.
I was kept from attending the funeral of the mother of one of my closest friend because, they said, the devil was using this funeral to lure me back out to become reacquainted with non-believers. I didn’t talk to my mom for almost a year and a half. I was told it was my family’s fault I was gay because of how I was raised.
And for those who still advocate for ex-gay therapy, Schizzel had this to say:
To those who still promote reparative therapy or hope it could work for them or a family member, I hope they realize this path leads to a horrid dead end.
It’s harmful and excruciatingly painful. There’s no academic or spiritual basis for its promotion. I wouldn’t wish this upon anyone, not even the ones who harmed me the most in this life. In the end, my sexuality is a beautiful gift from God, and every day, I have found, I have to make a choice to honor it in the straight man’s world.