WND: "Ex-Gays" Are The New Targets Of Discrimination
September 16, 2013 2:31 pm ET by Luke Brinker
A WND columnist accused the LGBT community of engaging in rampant discrimination against "ex-gays," including people who allegedly incorrectly identified as gay because they were molested as children.
In a September 15 column, WND's Gina Loudon touted the fringe ex-gay organization Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX), which has declared September "Ex-Gay Pride Awareness Month." PFOX is the organization behind the "Ex-Gay Pride" rally in Washingto that organizers predicted would attract thousands" but only managed to draw fewer than 10 people. Still, Loudon is confident that PFOX is at the forefront of a new civil rights movement:
Now, it's homosexuals who are being accused of discrimination against people who describe themselves as "ex-gay."
The ex-gay community has begun to fight back with its declaration that September is Ex-Gay Pride Awareness Month.
The advocacy group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, or PFOX, said it's the first event to recognize the plight of former homosexuals.
"Why does the ex-gay community need civil rights?" PFOX asks. "Because in their quest for cultural dominance, gay activists have changed their strategy from seeking equality for the 3.9 percent of LGBT Americans to silencing any of the 96.1 percent who disagree with their agenda. This includes former homosexuals, whose voices are routinely marginalized, maligned, and minimized in the media and public sector."
Christopher Doyle, co-founder and president of Voice of the Voiceless, said that for decades, LGBT Americans "were discriminated against and subject to violence and harassment, and that's wrong."
"But now, these same activists who fought against prejudice are trying to take away the rights of individuals who desire to change from gay to straight, and that's also wrong," he said. "Two wrongs don't make a right."
Doyle's group describes itself as the only anti-defamation league for former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions and their families.
Loudon's column promoted the quack theory that homosexuality is often the byproduct of sexual abuse during childhood - one of the most common myths peddled by anti-gay activists. The column cited policies like New Jersey's ban on "ex-gay" therapy as flagrant examples of discrimination against pedophilia victims and others with "unwanted same-sex attractions."
Of course, those attractions are usually "unwanted" because of the unfortunate social stigma confronted by many gays. The American Psychological Association (APA) calls for the removal of such stigma, while dubbing "ex-gay" therapy efforts harmful. Even onetime promoters of "ex-gay therapy" concede it's ineffective at best. Alan Chambers, the former "ex-gay" activist who was president of Exodus International until the group shut its doors this summer, admits that despite years of therapy, he still experiences same-sex attractions.
Scientific and anecdotal evidence cast doubt on the very notion of a genuine "ex-gay community," but Loudon heralded "ex-gays" who have pleaded with Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to protect them against discrimination. But other than the words of extreme activists who claim they've been "ridiculed and condemned," Loudon offers no concrete evidence that "ex-gays" face systemic discrimination - you know, things like widespread employment discrimination, marriage inequality, and deep-seated social prejudice.