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Daddy D's 'ex-gay' road show cruises into Georgia on Saturday

The parade of professional “ex-gays” continues its mission to prey upon gays struggling with coming to terms with their sexual orientation and family members convinced their loved ones can pray away the gay.

Focus on the Anus’s Love Won Out extravaganza pulls into Woodstock, Georgia, on Saturday, November 4 (8AM-5PM) and will set up its disinformation pageant at the First Baptist Church. Here’s AgapePress‘s take on it:

Melissa Fryrear, a Love Won Out speaker and director of Focus on the Family’s Gender Issues Department, says she and other LWO speakers will be presenting the truth about homosexuality, showing “that change is possible for people who are unsatisfied living as a gay or lesbian.” And for the family or friends of homosexuals who attend, she adds, “We want to show that it is possible to love a gay family member or friend without compromising your Christian faith.”

Professional heterosexual Melissa Fryrear.

The LWO conference will feature a panel of experts and speakers, many of them former homosexuals. Sessions will address the root causes of homosexuality, the debate over same-sex “marriage” and methods of combating pro-homosexual activism in public schools. Protestors, led by the homosexual-activist group Soulforce, are expected to demonstrate outside the event, as they have done in the past. “We just hope they will be sensitive to those who come to hear our message of hope,” Fryrear observes. “We know protests will likely generate media coverage,” she adds, “and we hope the coverage is balanced and reflects what we say, in the manner we say it.” Most LWO events are open to the public, and a noon press conference is also scheduled to take place.

Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out will hold a press conference with Soulforce about the danger of “ex-gay” organizations and will stage a peaceful protest at the LWO event on Saturday.

United for Truth, a coalition of groups supporting fairness and equality, will hold a press conference on Friday and a peaceful protest rally on Saturday against Love Won Out, a so- called “ex-gay” conference hosted by Focus on the Family. This anti-gay organization has already placed offensive, untruthful and misleading billboards on Atlanta’s highways to advertise for the conference.

The controversial event will take place in Woodstock, Georgia at First Baptist Church, the spiritual home of Gov. Sonny Perdue. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, who leads the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH). This organization recently caused a firestorm when an article that justified slavery was discovered on its website. Still, Focus on the Family proudly stands by Dr. Nicolosi and supports NARTH’s insidious and dangerous message.

… In August, the American Psychological Association specifically condemned NARTH and Focus on the Family by name at their annual convention.

“For over three decades the consensus of the mental health community has been that homosexuality is not an illness and therefore not in need of a cure. The APA’s concern about the position’s espoused by the National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality and so-called conversion therapy is that they are not supported by the science. There is simply no sufficiently scientifically sound evidence that sexual orientation can be changed. Our further concern is that the positions espoused by NARTH and Focus on the Family create an environment in which prejudice and discrimination can flourish.”

The ex-gay founder of Love Won Out, John Paulk, was photographed in a gay bar in 2000 and eventually left the organization. The co-founders of the ex-gay group Exodus International, Michael Bussee and Gary Cooper, fell in love, left their wives and held a commitment ceremony. The enormous failure rate of these groups is usually not discussed and is often concealed from Love Won Out participants.

Wayne is also the author of the excellent Anything But Straight, an expose of the “ex-gay” movement.

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