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Ex-gay group seeks to infiltrate schools during ‘Day of Silence’

Monday, April 2, 2012

The organization Parents and Friends of Ex-Gay’s and Gays (PFOX) has decided that GLSEN’s annual Day of Silence is the perfect opportunity for their supporters to pass around flyers promoting “ex-gay” therapy.

Greg Quinlan

In an interview with the far-right “news” organization World Net Daily, the president of PFOX – Greg Quinlan – said,

“Since members of these gay affirming clubs agree to remain silent for the day, April 20 is the time to distribute ex-gay information without interference or harassment from any gay activist faculty or GSA clubs”

They are encouraging supporters to distribute flyers that say that “there are no scientific studies to support that a person can be born gay” and that “sexual orientation is based upon feelings and is a matter of self-affirmation and public declaration.”

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Such is the tactic of organizations like PFOX. Instead of providing an environment where LGBT students can feel supported and free to be themselves, they are instead spreading the message that “for many youth, homosexual attraction develops due to traumatic experiences, such as sexual abuse.

These students need therapy for the trauma, not affirmation of a gay identity” that “sexual re-orientation therapy has been proven effective for those with unwanted same-sex attractions” and that “it is not the schools role to treat any students medical condition”.

The information in the last paragraph is not in the flyer that PFOX has said that they want to distribute on school grounds, the latter quotes are in this flyer, yet the usage of the first flyer is purposeful.

Instead of focusing upon the idea that LGBT students have a “medical condition” or that “sexual reorientation therapy has been proven effective” PFOX is purposefully attempting to lure those children who are struggling with societal and religious pressures about their sexuality, into participating in a psychologically harmful activity (reorientation therapy).

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Organizations like PFOX do not care that their words and actions have consequences. Instead, they care only about ensuring their own validity within their religious community, to hell with the well-being of LGBT children. And the fact that they are attempting to sneak in their harmful message on the Day of Silence, a day which is supposed to show support for those who are forced into silence by outside pressures, shows just how deceptive their message truly is.

You can read my own experiences with “Ex-Gay” therapy here.

© Kyle Luebke.
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27 more reader comments:

  1. Sad!

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 9:58am
  2. It’s going to be a useless effort. All those flyers are gonna be ripped or taken down. They really want to waste all that money, paper and time, idiots.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 9:58am
  3. I just can’t with these ignorant people…

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 9:59am
  4. If they can’t quit thinking about gayness, how good was the “cure?” Whether you are going toward or away from a certain point, that point is the center of your life.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 9:59am
  5. Okay.. I totally believe this ex-gay crap! Really people? Can a leopard change his spots?

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 9:59am
  6. smh

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:00am
  7. So dangerous to vulnerable youth

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:00am
  8. why would we want to change? Anymore than a straight person wants to change?

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:01am
  9. That’s just wrong!

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:02am
  10. I used to be gay,now I’m homosexual.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:03am
  11. Each state Attorney’s General Office should sue these people for fraud, mail fraud, interstate fraud, incitement to riot, endangering the public health, and incitement to violence and practicing medicine without a license (psychiatry). When will you write your State Attorney General to investigate and prosecute these criminals?

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:10am
  12. Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:10am
  13. Despicable.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:11am
  14. well that’s dumb…

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:15am
  15. @ssholes

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:17am
  16. ARGH.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:24am
  17. If parents forced their children to go through a traumatic process like this, the suicide rate would go up faster and would happen more frequently.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:28am
  18. I wonder what his boyfriend says about this. Liars, and harmful, hurtful people these.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:29am
  19. This makes me so sad.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:29am
  20. I am so worried about suicides and I just know this will only make it worse and pile on more grief, pain and sadness on these poor young people.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:32am
  21. I just don’t understand why people are so hate filled.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:38am
  22. :-(( insanity they dont care who they hurt or kill, or bully..

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 11:06am
  23. There is no such thing as ex-gay, however there is such a thing as very delusional people.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 11:46am
  24. Good Gawd…. really in 2012?!?!

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 12:59pm
  25. Aren’t there more important things for people to focus on? I think it’s so rediculous that people can’t just mind thier own business. Yeah, silence, scary stuff…puuuuuleeeeaaaaaase!

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 1:21pm
  26. Ex-gay therapy…..poor ignorant bastards.

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 8:27pm
  27. These ‘people’ are the ones who are sick, mentally ill, and perverted..fucking Satan incarnates!

    Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 10:14pm