The Significance of “Ex-Gay Pride Month”

Chris Doyle, co-founder and President of Voice of the Voiceless

Chris Doyle, co-founder and president of Voice of the Voiceless

Following the closure and apology of prominent ex-gay therapy organization Exodus International, other groups have stepped in to fill the void. The right-wing Family Research Council has launched two new ex-gay organizations, Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) and Equality and Justice for All, and formulated the first-ever “Ex-Gay Pride Month.”

VoV’s mission is to highlight the stories and experiences of “ex-gays” and defend their virulently anti-LGBTQ positions. VoV’s leadership declared July 2013 as a month to advocate for the rights of “former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions, and their families.” This “Ex-Gay Pride Month”  is a direct counter to the annual LGBT Pride Month held in cities across the country each June.

In its official announcement for Ex-Gay Pride Month, VoV declares that “former homosexuals are the last invisible minority in American culture” who suffer discrimination and marginalization by the media and the gay activist lobby. It explains the choice of Washington, D.C. as the center for the ex-gay festivities because it is the only jurisdiction in the U.S. that has recognized “ex-gays” as a protected class. Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) is also partnering with VoV in the campaign to increase awareness of the discrimination VoV activists believe is plaguing the “ex-gay” community. Read More