Those poor, mistreated ex-gays

Posted on 14 Oct 2008 at 1:29pm

I just got a press release from PFOX — that’s Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays — alerting me that the organization is filing a lawsuit against the Washington, D.C., Office of Human Rights for failing to protect “former homosexuals” under its sexual orientation non-discrimination law.

Says Regina Griggs, PFOX executive director, “The ex-gay community is the most bullied and maligned group in America, yet they are not protected by sexual orientation non-discrimination laws.”

Griggs also says, “Former homosexuals and their friends have been fired from their jobs, repeatedly ridiculed, assaulted and intimidated.  This harassment is most often perpetrated by the same groups who demand protection under sexual orientation laws but work to deny ex-gays the same respect.”

PFOX is also taking Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama to task for not having already answered the letter they sent in August asking if he would support protections for ex-gays. Here’s another quote from Griggs:

“Former homosexuals should have the right to be out, open and safe in society. On his website, Senator Obama says he supports gay and transgender rights because he supports civil rights for all persons, but does that include ex-gays?  Americans need to know where Obama stands on the issue of ex-gay inclusion because his pledge to pass homosexual and transgender legislation as President will affect all of us.  We urge Senator Obama to end his silence.”

Well, I am not sure what to think of this. I mean, if you are “ex-gay,” that means you are now straight, right? And isn’t “straight” a sexual orientation? And so if a law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, doesn’t it include straight people, even if they used to be gay?

So what’s their problem?

What am I missing here? Can anybody enlighten me?

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