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High School Students Receive Ex-Gay Fliers. And That’s Okay.

High School Students Receive Ex-Gay Fliers. And That’s Okay.

Queerty reports that PFOX distributed a very special advertisement to Maryland high school students this semester. And this is perfectly constitutional.

Let me make this clear: the Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) want you to be mad about this. If we aren’t mad, they can’t portray us as the evil persecutors in their counter-narrative. As you can see below, PFOX’s mission goes beyond ex-gay conversion; they want to portray you and me as “intolerant” toward ex-gays, and willing to “censor” PFOX’s free speech (read the full PFOX narrative here):

Self-proclaimed proponents of tolerance want PFOX's flyer censored and facts about the medical and psychological effects of homosexual behavior suppressed, along with the very idea that sexual orientation is not immutable. These pro-homosexual tolerance and diversity advocates generally "see ex-gays as nonexistent," the PFOX official contends. And when former homosexuals are introduced to society, she says, many homosexual activists become afraid that this "confuses the public and may actually be a deterrent to gay marriage and other civil rights that they believe they deserve."

Look at what’s happening in the American Family Radio article above; they are using this spectacle to portray us as “afraid,” as if we all have a weekly summit and decide how we collectively feel. Because, of course, all homosexuals are exactly the same, and will do anything to persecute good, honest Christian folk like them. Like many of the anti-homosexuality groups that are active today, they are trying to present themselves as the persecuted party. 

You know, because hundreds of gays Christians are getting beaten up or murdered for who they are every year.

In lieu of this, I’m making a choice. PFOX, I’m not mad at you. You have as much of a right to spread misinformation as corporations, politicians, and religious institutions. The more we fight about the small stuff, the less we can work together. You want to recruit ex-gays? Go ahead! You can probably snag some of the girls I hooked up with in college. But we gays – we don’t recruit. Nature kind of does the job for us. In fact, the ex-gay movement can exist in a world where we also have our civil rights. Don’t want to bang chicks anymore? Great! As long as I can get married and have equal protection under the law, you can do whatever you want, friend.

You see, PFOX, I’m not mad, and all I ask is that you don’t tell your friends that I am.