The Charlotte Rainbow Action Network for Equality (CRANE) and Wayne Besen’s Truth Wins Out plan to present counter programming during Focus on the Family’s Love Won Out pray-away-they-gay disinformation road show this week. It’s disgusting to think that Dobson is polluting my state with this kind of garbage that has harmed so many and “cured” so few. The “ex-gay” activities will be going on at the same time as the Human Rights Campaign Carolinas Gala. TWO:
“The research is very clear that you can’t pray away the gay and attempts to do so can be harmful,” said Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out. “Focus on the Family is offering false hope to vulnerable people and profiting from their pain. They are intentionally confusing stereotypes with legitimate science in an attempt to mislead people about homosexuality. We hope to offer a realistic view of our lives and use sound science to set the record straight.”
On Friday, Feb. 20, 2009 at 11:30 a.m., CRANE and national organizations including Truth Wins Out, Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign and other local orgs will hold a press conference on the lies and false promises doled out by the ex-gay industry. Besen will unveil a new Truth Wins Out/Lambda Legal publication, “Ex-Gay and the Law,” including resources for victims of pray-away-the-gay propaganda. The press conference will be held at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Charlotte at 234 N Sharon Amity Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211.
On Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009, CRANE will hold a silent, non-violent protest of the conference at Central Church of God. LGBTQI and straight citizens from across North Carolina are expected to attend. Information for protest participants and media, including parking access can be found at: www.rainbowaction.org/events/#protest. From CRANE’s release:
“These programs sell false hope and take advantage of desperate and vulnerable people who just want acceptance from loved ones,” said Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out. “Love Won Out’s dangerous sexual engineering campaign is ineffective, psychologically damaging and confuses stereotypes with science. We hope to educate the community and provide people with accurate and reliable information.”