WASHINGTON, September 25, 2014 — For decades, gay activists and their progressive allies have claimed victim status and lobbied for special rights by equating homosexuality to innate, unchangeable characteristics like race and gender.
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays, a non-profit organization serving families and the ex-gay community has announced that Alan Keyes, former ambassador and presidential candidate, will headline apanel at its second annual Ex-Gay Awareness Month Conference in Washington, D.C.
PFOX says that each year, thousands of men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to leave a gay identity through gender-affirming programs, including counseling, support groups, faith-based ministries and other non-judgmental environments.
As ex-gays fight for acceptance, PFOX says gay activists fervently try to suppress research, therapy, or even recognition that they exist. This is because if the secret that homosexuality is changeable emerges, the cornerstone of the gay rights argument crumbles. Gays label ex-gays as traitors, self-deluded, mentally ill, charlatans, and much worse.
It does not stop with suppressing research that may help millions of gays who suffer with unwanted same-sex attraction. In 2002, the gay lobby very nearly stampeded the American Psychiatric Association (APA) into declaring the treatment of homosexuality unethical even if the patient eagerly seeks treatment.
APA past-president Robert Perloff courageously pointed out at the time the “willingness of many psychologists to trample patients’ right to treatment in the interest of political correctness.”
While the gay lobby uses APA support to press for bans on any sexual reorientation therapy, Wright and Cummings note that the “insidious sense of intellectual intimidation that currently exists under political correctness” within the APA exceeds that of the McCarthy era.
Past APA presidents and eminent psychologists Dr. Rogers H. Wright and Nicholas A. Cummings, editors of the book Destructive Trends in Mental Health: The Well-Intentioned Path to Harm, wrote, “Within psychology today, there are topics that are deemed politically incorrect, and they are neither published nor funded.”
Dr. Robert Spitzer, a leading member of the American Psychiatric Association “Task Force on Nomenclature” confirms that in 1973 he rewrote the definition of homosexuality for one purpose: so that homosexuality could declassified as a mental disorder. Spitzer now admits that the idea that homosexuality is unchangeable is politically convenient but not supported by scientific research.
“At the 1999 APA annual meeting in Washington, I talked to several people [ex-gays] who were picketing the meeting and claiming that, contrary to a recent APA position statement, change of sexual orientation was possible and should not be discouraged and that they, personally had changed from homosexual to heterosexual,” says Spitzer.
“After much thought, and realizing that previous studies claiming that such change was possible had all kinds of methodological flaws, I concluded that my curiosity would only be satisfied if I conducted a study of my own. … We conclude that, contrary to conventional wisdom, some highly motivated individuals, using a variety of change efforts, can make substantial change in multiple indicators of sexual orientation and achieve good heterosexual functioning.”
Dr. Spitzer quickly found himself “redefined”: Once a hero of the gay movement, he was now cast as incompetent, mistaken, past it, and likely senile. Spitzer was soon forced to retreat to claiming that his findings have been misused or taken out of context.
Video available online of Spitzer announcing the conclusion of his research suggests otherwise.
The all-day conference on Oct. 4 will celebrate the lives of individuals who have left homosexuality and will include a panel discussion with parents and friends of ex-gays and gays, led by PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs.
“Our second annual conference is sure to raise awareness about the serious issues that ex-gays face,” Griggs said. “We are looking forward to a strong showing of attendees as we honor our ex-gays and their families. We also welcome the families and friends of those living homosexually who support the ex-gay message that change is possible.”
Scheduled speakers at the second annual conference include Alan Keyes, former ambassador and presidential candidate; Sandy Rios, Director of Government Relations for American Family Radio Talk and Vice President of Family Pac Federal; Matt Barber, founder of BarbWire.com; Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at Family Research Council; and Greg Quinlan, an ex-gay and former president of PFOX.
More information and tickets for the event can be found at PFOX.org.