Wayne Besen

Wayne Besen is the Founding Executive Director of Truth Wins Out and author of “Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth.”

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The ‘outing’ of Aaron Schock: It actually matters how he plays in Peoria

U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.)
YES – it is the media’s responsibility to accurately report on hypocrisy. For reporters to specifically exclude facts about gay hypocrites is itself, a hostile act proclaiming homosexuality is so shameful that it is exempted from the normal rules of ...

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Russia: This Berlin Wall of bigotry shall crumble too

If Russia is eventually freed from Vladimir Putin’s tyranny, it will partially be a result of LGBT people fighting this rogue nation’s state-sponsored terror apparatus. Worldwide efforts are now underway to pressure this petro police state into abolishing its recently ...

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Rick Santorum is a dead end for the Republican party

Rick Santorum
Although we just had an election, Rick Santorum, as tireless as he is tiresome, is already stumping in Iowa to prepare for his next defeat. His willful ignorance and woeful arrogance personifies why the GOP is losing the next generation ...

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Evangelicals confuse ‘freedom’ with free rein to insult others

Janice Shaw Crouse
For fifty years, Bob Jones University, in Greenville, S.C., prohibited interracial dating and Bob Jones Jr. once claimed that Catholicism was a “satanic counterfeit” of fundamentalist Christianity. Despite the ugly rhetoric and vile policies, Republican candidates regularly flocked to the school ...

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Pope Benedict’s attack on marriage equality will backfire

In private moments, it must be disconcerting to the Pope that gay couples pledging their love and lives to each other, have significantly greater moral authority than the Vatican. People, including most moderate Catholics, must be scratching their heads and ...

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Joy trumps jurisprudence in gay marriage case

Thea Spyer (left) and Edith Windsor
One of two cases that the Supreme Court has decided to hear in the coming year will challenge the Defense of Marriage Act. Although this is ostensibly a legal case, it is really about competing narratives – and there is ...

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Storming the ‘Ex-Gay’ Shores

In 1998, 15 religious right organizations launched a huge advertising campaign to promote “pray away the gay” programs. Anti-gay activist Robert Knight called the “Truth in Love” campaign the “Normandy Landing in the larger cultural wars.” Things didn’t quite work ...

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Shocking cult murder puts spotlight on the International House of Prayer (IHOP)

Today, I feel a little bit like Dr. Sam Loomis. He was the psychiatrist in the classic horror movie Halloween who ran through the streets of Haddonfield telling anyone who would listen that Michael Myers had just escaped from the ...

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Mean Mitt is a rotten apple in a bad barrel

Mitt Romney
In reality, Mitt Romney is a nasty individual with radical ideas who seems to have little regard for animals, women, minorities, gays, and 47-percent of Americans whom he regards as bums who can get their healthcare in the Emergency Room. ...

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Gay bashing by churches is why America is losing its religion

When people see their own sons and daughters and friends and co-workers coming out, it creates a crisis of credibility for religious institutions. It leads to countless situations where mean-spirited men like Archbishop John Nienstedt demand blind, irrational obedience and ...

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