RICHMOND, Va. — The “twins” whose photographs appear on a Virginia billboard declaring “nobody is born gay” is actually one “out and proud” gay man who is not a twin.
WWBT-TV spoke with Kyle Roux, the model from South Africa whose photographs were used in the billboard, who said he was shocked his image was used to promote gay-to-straight conversion therapy, especially because he is openly gay.
“It just seems like there no place in today’s world for an organization 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 said.
Roux said the pictures were taken in a photo shoot nearly a decade ago. He said he signed away the rights and was told the pictures would be used in commercial and corporate ads and brochures.
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX), the group behind the billboard, has supported “conversion therapy” (sometimes referred to as “reparative therapy”) in states around the country as a means to change a person’s sexual orientation.
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The billboard, along Interstates 95/64 in Richmond, Va., is scheduled to run through January 4.