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September 25, 2013 firstname.lastname@example.org
University LGBTQ Resource Centers in Virginia Engaging in Viewpoint Discrimination
Undercover Investigation Reveals Medically Inaccurate, Discriminatory, and Biased Counseling
As a part of September’s Ex-Gay Awareness Month, Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) went undercover into seven of Virginia’s fifteen state universities to document a variety of misconduct among publicly-funded employees, including medically-inaccurate advice, view point discrimination, and biased counseling for students who experience unwanted homosexual feelings. The investigation, which occurred over a 2½ week period in September, involved two former homosexuals posing as graduate students seeking anonymous counseling for unwanted homosexual feelings at university resource centers for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) students.
The LGBTQ Resource Centers in violation include the University of Virginia, James Madison University, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Old Dominion University, Christopher Newport University, and the College of William and Mary. Today, Liberty Counsel, an international nonprofit litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family, sent letters to all seven university presidents regarding their LGBTQ Resource Centers, urging them to include all viewpoints on this issue, and informing them that presenting only one viewpoint is not only wrong, but can cause harm to students.
“State-funded universities are required to provide value-neutral, medically-accurate information to all students in need of guidance. What we uncovered was a deliberate withholding of potentially life-saving information for students who may desire counseling to overcome unwanted homosexual feelings,” commented Christopher Doyle, President and Co-Founder of VoV. “A counselor at George Mason University told me that if I sought therapy to change, I would likely become psychologically-damaged, depressed, and even commit suicide. Instead of referring me to a licensed mental health practitioner or faith-based counselor that aligned with my spiritual values, I was told to attend the gay-affirming Metropolitan Community Church and read a book called ‘The Lord is my Shepherd, and He Knows I’m Gay’.
At Old Dominion University, the LGBTQ Resource Center staff said being gay was genetic, natural, and a part of your personality, and that therapy to help individuals who want to change is nothing but “brain washing” attempts to “pray away the gay” and “not valid.”
Organizations such as Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) have been providing informational pamphlets, free of charge, to state-funded Virginia universities for many years in an effort to advocate for students with unwanted SSA. But while gay-affirming information is readily available and prominently displayed for students to collect, ex-gay pamphlets are routinely destroyed and/or suppressed by biased resource center employees, who are required by law to provide equal access for all views on homosexuality. “At George Mason University, I nearly begged the counselor to give me an ex-gay pamphlet, which was buried in the bottom drawer of his filing cabinet. At UVA, the resource center’s director refused to show or give me an ex-gay pamphlet because he said he did not have enough of them to hand out. When I asked him where I could find scientific research on homosexuality, he referred me to the Huffington Post,” commented Doyle.
Last spring, Regina Griggs, Executive Director of PFOX communicated with UVA’s LGBTQ Resource Center Director Scott Rheinheimer, requesting that PFOX brochures and ex-gay books be placed inside the LGBTQ Resource Center and for PFOX to be listed on a printable list of resources to be handed out to students when requesting information. Mr. Rheinheimer assured her that the PFOX material was in his office and that PFOX general information material was in their center.
But during the undercover visit, the printable resource material that Mr. Rheinheimer distributed did not list any ex-gay organizations; rather, he scribbled PFOX’s name and website on the printed list only after repeated requests for ex-gay information. While no information was available on sexual orientation change, there was plenty of literature for transgender students seeking to change their biological sex, including this book.
Perhaps the most alarming “counsel” occurred at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, which has a history of anti-ex-gay extremism within their faculty. The counselor suggested that people are born gay, and that therapy to help overcome unwanted SSA is motivated by religious extremists who “ship their kids away” to “conversion therapy camps” for months at a time so they would “come back straight.” Such myths, which have been advanced by gay activists, have been thoroughly debunked.
When asked about the health risks of homosexual behavior, the counselor erroneously suggested that “protected” gay sex between men was no more risky than heterosexual intercourse and that the risk of HIV is no higher for men that have sex with men. She was also seemingly ignorant of the fact that there is no condom approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for anal sex.
“It is the height of irresponsibility to suggest that male gay sex is no more risky than heterosexual intercourse, especially considering that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that an astonishing 94.9 percent of HIV diagnoses among teenage boys (13-19-years-old) were linked to homosexual sex and 94.1 percent of the cases among young men ages 20-24 were from gay sex,” commented Doyle. “Not only are these LGBTQ Resource Centers discriminating against those who seek to overcome unwanted homosexual feelings, but they are also failing to provide gay-identified students medically-accurate information that could potentially save their life. The fact that these centers are being funded by state dollars is completely outrageous. Every tax-paying citizen in Virginia should
Specific recommendations for reform will include tolerance and sensitivity training for former homosexuals and students with unwanted SSA, professional development instruction so university staff can provide competent counseling and/or referrals for affected students, and university-financed distribution of ex-gay friendly resources made available in LGBTQ Resource and Multi-Cultural Centers. Detailed findings of each LGBTQ Resource Center’s violations and recommendations for reforms (as well as a recording for each undercover counseling session) will be published in the upcoming report: University Campus Climate Report: Virginia LGBTQ Resource Centers an ‘Unsafe Zone’ for Students with Unwanted Same-Sex Attractions.
For more information on Voice of the Voiceless, Ex-Gay Awareness Month, and the First Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Dinner and Reception on September 30 in Washington, D.C., visit: http://pfox.org/join-us-for-dinnner.pdf and http://www.voiceofthevoiceless.info/exgayawarenessmonth/
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September 9, 2013 email@example.com
Ex-Gays Condemn American Library Association’s ‘Banned Books Week’
Ex-Gay Awareness Month Encourages Virtual Readout to Protest ALA’s Censorship
Chicago, IL — In celebration of Ex-Gay Awareness Month in our nation’s schools, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) and Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) are urging the American Library Association (ALA) to include ex-gay books in advance of its “Banned Books Week,” September 22-28, when the ALA publicizes unpopular books censored by libraries and schools. ALA has refused to acknowledge the routine banning of ex-gay books in school and community libraries across the United States as a part of their efforts to end censorship.
Every week is ‘Banned Books Week’ for the ex-gay community,” said Regina Griggs, Executive Director of PFOX. “Books about leaving homosexuality are routinely censored in high schools and community libraries across the United States, while gay-affirming books are readily available for any young person questioning their sexuality.”
“Kristin Pekoll, the librarian in charge of young adult books at the West Bend Community Memorial Library in Wisconsin, advocates for children’s books with gay themes but refuses to accept our donation of ex-gay books for children. Public libraries are supported by all citizens, and it is appalling that tax dollars are supporting such censorship and viewpoint discrimination. Public libraries are supported by all citizens, and it is appalling that tax dollars are supporting such censorship and viewpoint discrimination,” said Griggs.
Christopher Doyle, President and Co-Founder of Voice of the Voiceless, which advocates for former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions (SSA), and their families, compares such actions to child abuse. “What if a sexually-abused child walks into a public library looking for information as to why he/she has unwanted homosexual feelings? That child is not going to receive accurate information from homosexual-affirming books, which often promote the myth that people are ‘born gay’ and cannot change. As a former homosexual and victim of childhood sexual abuse, having access to ex-gay literature would have provided me with some much needed hope that I could heal from that abuse and overcome unwanted SSA. The very idea that a school or community library is banning a book because of political correctness is contrary to our country’s ideals of liberty and the pursuit of self-determination.”
It is also contrary to the ALA’s policy against book banning, yet the ALA features Kristin Pekoll as a speaker for its conferences on intellectual freedom and First Amendment issues. PFOX and VoV are calling upon Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, to publicly condemn the censoring of children’s ex-gay books in the West Bend Community Memorial Library and in any community.
PFOX and VoV are encouraging all participants of Banned Books Week to fight censorship by reading an excerpt from an ex-gay book, video record it, and submit their video to the Banned Books Virtual Read-OutYouTube Channel. “Our children and grandchildren deserve access to all views on sexuality and sexual orientation, not just politically correct ones. Public libraries should be for everyone,” commented Regina Griggs. “People seeking positive life change need the love and support of their friends, family, communities, schools, workplaces, and places of worship,” said Griggs.
For more information on the First Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Month Dinner/Reception on Sept. 30, visit http://pfox.org/EXGayPrideAwareness.html or http://www.voiceofthevoiceless.info/exgayawarenessmonth/
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is the nation’s leading advocacy organization for love, support, and positive life change for the ex-gay community, their families, and individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions. Voice of the Voiceless is the only anti-defamation league for former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions, and their families.
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September 9, 2013 Christopher Doyle, 571-379-4546
Former Self-Described “Satanic Drag Queen” to Receive Voice of the Voiceless Courage Award
Trace McNutt to be Honored at the First Annual Ex-Gay Celebration in Washington, D.C
Washington, D.C. – Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) is excited to announce that former self-described “Satanic Drag Queen” Trace McNutt will receive the First Annual Courage Award for Former Homosexuals as a part of the 2013 Ex-Gay Awareness Dinner and Reception on September 30, 2013. Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX), a non-profit organization that advocates and supports former homosexuals and their families, is hosting the event in Washington, D.C. as a part of Ex-Gay Awareness Month.
“When gays come out of the closet they are welcomed, but former homosexuals are forced to remain hidden because of defamation by anti-ex-gay extremists and marginalization from American society,” commented Christopher Doyle, Co-Founder and President of Voice of the Voiceless (VoV), who is presenting the award. “It takes a lot of courage for ex-gays such as Trace McNutt to tell their stories, especially considering that doing so brings scorn and punishment, such was seen with Grammy-award winner gospel singer Donnie McClurklin, who last month was scheduled to headline a 50th Anniversary March on Washington celebration, but was uninvited because he is ex-gay.”
Individuals that have left homosexuality overcome more than just unwanted same-sex attractions. Trace McNutt was rejected by his family, bullied relentlessly by his classmates, and then victimized by the gay community, who used him for entertainment and then disregarded him once he became addicted to drugs and infected with HIV. At one point, Trace was so sick and destitute that he became homeless and was forced to live in a dumpster on the streets; the very drag queen community that welcomed him with open arms threw him away like yesterday’s trash once he was unable to perform. You can watch Trace’s story by clicking here.
It wasn’t until Trace came out of homosexuality, became a Christian, and stopped performing as a self-described “Satanic Drag Queen” called “Coma” that his former community paid attention to him. He received defamation, hate mail, and death threats from the so-called tolerant gay community. “Trace’s experience is proof that when ex-gays leave homosexuality, they are attacked and faced with an unbelievable amount of hostility. In today’s anti-ex-gay climate, talking publicly about leaving homosexuality is truly an act of courage. Trace McNutt is a real hero,” commented Doyle.
To watch Trace McNutt’s story of leaving a drug-addicted, drag queen lifestyle and recovery into a loving, supportive, Christian community, click here.
To register for the September 30 Lobby Day on Capitol Hill and/or purchase tickets for the Evening Dinner and Reception, click here.
To learn more about how you can support former homosexuals like Trace McNutt in Washington, D.C. on September 30 and become a sponsor for the First Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Dinner and Reception, click here.
The Voice of the Voiceless Courage Award for Former Homosexuals is presented annually to an individual who displays bravery and resilience in leaving homosexuality despite insurmountable challenges. For more information on the First Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Lobby Day on Capitol Hill and Evening Dinner and Reception, visit: www.VoiceoftheVoiceless.info. To register for the event, purchase tickets, and/or become a sponsor, visit: http://pfox.org/join-us-for-dinner.pdf
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Ex-Gays to Petition Supreme Court for Equal Protection Under the Law
Ex-Gay Pride Month Features Lobbying and Press Conference on July 31
Washington, D.C. – As a part of the First Annual Ex-Gay Pride Month, former homosexuals will unite on Capitol Hill on July 31 to lobby Congress and hold a rally and press conference at 2:00pm to petition the Supreme Court of the United States for equal protection under the law.
“In 2009, the Superior Court of Washington, DC granted former homosexuals protection under the law from discrimination due to sexual orientation (in Washington, DC), but we have got a long way to go to achieve federal recognition,” commented Christopher Doyle, President and Co-Founder of Voice of the Voiceless, the only anti-defamation league for former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions, and their families.
On July 31, ex-gays will meet with their Congressmen/women to seek tolerance and recognition in states across the country. At 2:00pm, they will unite in front of the Supreme Court of the United States to let Justice Kennedy hear their voices.
“Justice Kennedy needs to understand that LGBT Americans are not the only sexual orientation that faces animus, as he opined last month in his Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) decision. Ex-Gays are routinely mocked, marginalized, and maligned by the very gay activists who demand tolerance, yet refuse to extend it,” commented Doyle. To read about some of the documented intolerance that ex-gays face, visit: http://pfox.org/TOLERANCE_FOR_EX-GAYS2.html
To watch the 2013 Ex-Gay Pride Video, visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EBQzKlZKio
To join Voice of the Voiceless and Equality and Justice for All on July 31, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the event.
If you are a member of the press and do not have press credentials for the Capitol and wish to cover the event, please e-mail Christopher Doyle at email@example.com.
Ex-Gay Pride Lobbying Day and Press Conference Details
July 31, 2013
Cannon House Office Building (Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. – exact location to be revealed when you register) and Supreme Court of the United States (Washington, D.C.)
8:00am – Lobbying Congressional Staff (appointments made on your own)
Voice of the Voiceless is the only anti-defamation league defending the rights of former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions, and their families. For more information, visit our website at www.VoiceoftheVoiceless.info
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July 12, 2013 Chuck Peters, 571-379-4546
Anti-Ex-Gay Extremist’s Threats Force Postponement of July Ex-Gay Pride Events
September Awareness Month to Celebrate Ex-Gays, Highlight Gay Activist’s Intolerance
Washington, D.C. – Due to multiple security threats received in the last two weeks from gay activists and anti-ex-gay extremists, Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) and Equality and Justice for All (E&JA) have decided to postpone and move July 31’s Ex-Gay Pride Month Celebration at the Family Research Council (FRC) Action to an undisclosed location in Washington, D.C. as part of the First Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Month in September.
“While we have received an outpouring of support from our conservative and Christian allies, we have unfortunately been the recipient of a lot of hatred and threatening messages from anti-ex-gay extremists,” commented Christopher Doyle, Co-Founder and President of VoV. “In light of the shooting that occurred at FRC in August 2012 and the recent violence towards Christians at the Seattle Gay Pride Festival, we believe it is best, in the interest of the safety and security of all speakers and participants, to move the celebration to an undisclosed location in Washington, D.C. as a part of Ex-Gay Awareness Month in September.”
The decision to move the event was made, in-part, due to the Virginia man that shot a security guard at FRC last year while carrying a backpack full of Chick-fil-A sandwiches. Prosecutors want Floyd Corkins, who pleaded guilty to three charges (and was scheduled to be sentenced this month) including an act of terrorism, to spend 45 years in prison. The terrorism charge is based on the fact that Corkins acknowledged in a plea agreement that he wanted to kill as many people as possible and smear Chick-fil-A sandwiches in their faces. It was later determined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Corkins was inspired by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which lists FRC as an anti-gay “hate group.”
SPLC is also waging a similar hate campaign against ex-gay organizations by targeting them on an interactive map on their website, opening them up for potential violence at the hands of extremists who are intolerant of opposing viewpoints on homosexuality, such was seen recently at the Seattle Gay Pride Festival. “It’s a sad reality that the very activists who preach tolerance refuse to grant it to anyone who disagrees with their viewpoint. The violence in Seattle is a chilling reminder of what these extremists are capable of when their hatred towards Christians is fully unleashed,” commented Doyle.
“We remain steadfast in our commitment to former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions, and their allies across the country whose voices demand to be heard at Ex-Gay Pride 2013. In light of these security threats, every precaution will be made, including protection by law enforcement, for individuals to safely participate in the lobbying day on Capitol Hill and evening dinner celebration as a part of September’s Ex-Gay Awareness Month.”
For more information on the First Annual Ex-Gay Pride Month in July and Ex-Gay Awareness Month in September, visit: www.VoiceoftheVoiceless.info and www.EqualityandJusticeforAll.org. To schedule an interview with Christopher Doyle, call 571-379-4546 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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July 10, 2013 Chuck Peters, 571-379-4546
Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver to Receive 2013 Ex-Gay Pride Freedom Award
Defender of Client’s Rights to Address Historic Celebration on July 31, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) and Equality and Justice for All (E&JA) are excited to announce that Mat Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel, will accept the 2013 Ex-Gay Pride Freedom Award when he addresses the First Annual Ex-Gay Pride Celebration on July 31, 2013 at the Family Research Council Action in Washington, D.C.
“We are thrilled to honor Dean Staver at the First Annual Ex-Gay Pride Celebration on July 31,” commented former homosexual Christopher Doyle, President & Co-Founder of VoV. “He has been a champion in defending the freedoms of clients who pursue counseling to overcome unwanted same-sex attractions (SSA) and has tirelessly advocated for their God-given right of self-determination and Constitutional rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I can’t think of a better person to receive this award!”
Dean Mathew D. Staver is the Founder and General Counsel of Liberty Counsel and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board. Liberty Counsel is a litigation, education, and policy organization with hundreds of affiliate attorneys in all 50 states. Liberty Counsel was one of the first religious liberty litigation organizations in the country. In the early 1990s, Dean Staver was one of the first to pioneer a new legal strategy and theory in litigating religious liberty cases.
Dean Staver has been on the front lines in defending the rights of clients who pursue counseling to overcome unwanted SSA. Staver was the lead Counsel in Pickup v. Brown, which challenged the California ban on change therapy (SB 1172) that would prohibit any counseling to minors seeking to diminish or eliminate unwanted SSA, behavior, or identity. Oral arguments were heard in April 2013 in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, with a decision still pending.
“In honor of his heroic work on behalf of former homosexuals and clients who seek change, we are excited to congratulate Dean Staver with this award and express our deepest gratitude as he continues to advocate for our rights,” commented former homosexual Greg Quinlan, Board member of Equality and Justice for All, who is co-hosting the First Annual Ex-Gay Pride Celebration on July 31 at the Family Research Counsel Action in Washington, D.C.
The Ex-Gay Pride Freedom Award is presented annually to an individual who defends the rights of free speech, religious liberty, and self-determination for former homosexuals and clients who pursue counseling to overcome unwanted same-sex attractions. For more information on the First Annual Ex-Gay Pride Celebration on July 31, 2013, visit: www.VoiceoftheVoiceless.info and www.EqualityandJusticeforAll.org. For more information on Dean Mathew D. Staver and Liberty Counsel, visit: www.lc.org
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Voice of the Voiceless Announces July 2013 as First Annual Ex-Gay Pride Month Ex-Gays Call on The White House to Commemorate Unique Contributions
Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) is excited to announce the First Annual Ex-Gay Pride Month in July 2013! If you or your organization is interested in partnering to help sponsor our Ex-Gay Pride Awareness Day on Capitol Hill and Evening Dinner/Reception, please contact Co-Founder and Acting Director, Christopher Doyle at email@example.com
We are actively working to receive a Presidential Proclamation from The White House to commemorate Ex-Gay Pride Month and are speaking with members of Congress to recognize and participate in our first annual Awareness Event on Capitol Hill and Evening Dinner/Reception in Washington, DC. See below for more details on Ex-Gay Pride!
When is Ex-Gay Pride? VoV is strategically holding Ex-Gay Pride Month in July, after June’s annual gay pride month, in order to draw attention to the ever-increasing phenomenon of ex-gays or former homosexuals; that is, individuals who formerly had unwanted same-sex attractions and/or lived an LGBT-identified life, but now do not. These individuals may be in heterosexual relationships, pursuing heterosexuality, or living celibate lives as former homosexuals.
WHAT is Ex-Gay Pride? A time to recognize the unique experiences of ex-gays and former homosexuals and celebrate their existence in American culture. VoV is currently organizing events in the month of July to highlight the unique role of ex-gays in American culture and draw attention to increasing discrimination and hostility towards the ex-gay community in society.
WHY Ex-Gay Pride?Because former homosexuals are the last invisible minority in American culture and are increasingly subject to hostility from anti-ex-gay activists and the media at large, who is influenced heavily by the gay-activist lobby that discriminates and marginalizes former homosexuals. VoV estimates that ex-gays number in the tens of thousands (at least), but due to intimation and hostility, the exact numbers are unknown.
WHERE is Ex-Gay Pride? Currently, VoV plans to hold at least one event in Washington, DC in July to commemorate the First Annual Ex-Gay Pride Month. Because Washington, DC is the only jurisdiction that recognizes ex-gays as a protected class against discrimination in the United States, we believe this is a safe place to gather and celebrate free from any threat of intimidation.
WHO Should Participate in Ex-Gay Pride? If you are a former homosexual, individual with unwanted same-sex attraction (SSA), a friend or family member that knows an ex-gay or individual with unwanted SSA, or one of our allies, we welcome your support and presence at any of our events! Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more details on how you can participate.
HOW Can I Participate in Ex-Gay Pride? VoV is currently looking for individuals and organizations to partner with us and help sponsor an awareness event on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and an evening dinner/reception to celebrate and commemorate ex-gays in the United States. It is important that we let our voices be heard or we’ll continue to face marginalization and discrimination. This event is meant to celebrate and unite together for a common goal: to increase our public visibility, tell our stories proudly, celebrate our unique contributions towards American culture, and unite against the hatred and bigotry against our communities.
For more information on how you can partner and/or sponsor Ex-Gay Awareness Day on Capitol Hill and Evening Dinner/Reception, please e-mail email@example.com. If you are interested in speaking at the Evening Dinner/Reception in July 2013, please e-mail us a short biography, your resume, and a head shot photo.
Voice of the Voiceless is the only anti-defamation organization dedicated to defending the rights of former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions, and their families. For more information, visit: www.VoiceoftheVoiceless.info