.- In an effort to seek tolerance and protect their rights, the ex-gay community has put up a billboard on one of the countryâs busiest highways.
The billboard on I-64, near the turnoff for I-95 in the Richmond area, features a photo of a young man who overcame homosexuality, and says: âEx-Gays Prove that Change Is Possible. Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays Seeking Tolerance for All.â
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) says homosexual activists, through their campaigns in favor of same-sex marriage, adoption rights and hate-crime laws, are attacking the freedoms of the ex-gay community. PFOX is a support group for families with loved ones dealing with homosexuality.
âHomosexual activists seek total acceptance and tolerance for their decisions but they openly discriminate against ex-gaysâ decisions to leave homosexuality,â said Regina Griggs, executive director of PFOX, in a press release yesterday. âWeâre hoping this ad will bring about public awareness, respect and tolerance.â
âAll major mental health organizations have proclaimed the right to self-determination. This includes seeking counseling to overcome unwanted same-sex attractions,â Griggs said.
Citing the American Psychiatric Association, Griggs says there have not been any conclusive studies that support the notion that people are ââborn gayâ and left without a choice.â
âEx-gays prove that change is possible and offer hope and answers for those who do not want to live homosexually. It is time that ex-gays got respect, honesty and equality,â she said.
âWe put up this billboard so that people will know the truth â that you donât have to be homosexual if you donât want to be,â she said.
View the billboard at www.pfox.org.