Target: Christopher Doyle
Goal: Stop perpetuating myths about ex-gay therapy
The ex-gay advocacy group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) is currently lobbying lawmakers on Capitol Hill for “protections” for ex-gays. PFOX advocates strongly for ex-gay therapy, which the American Psychological Association has deemed ineffective and psychologically harming.
PFOX is using misleading and untruthful talking points to push its ex-gay therapy agenda. For example, the group claims that ex-gay therapy would save gay men from AIDS and suicide. The group asserts that more gay men would “be alive today if someone had told them that there was a way out of homosexuality” and that “AIDS and suicide took them away from us.”
AIDS and suicide are not caused by homosexuality. Both are strongly influenced by stigmas that shame and discriminate against gay men in society. Ex-gay therapy is an example of a force that seeks to shame gay men.
Beyond its lies about AIDS and suicide, PFOX also presents a misguided argument for ex-gay protection. “We want federal protection just as gays are given,” said the group’s leader Christopher Doyle. He has not elaborated on what protections the ex-gay community seeks, but the LGBT community still lacks federal protections, so his argument is nonsensical and exploitive.
Sign the petition below to tell Doyle and PFOX to stop peddling lies about ex-gay therapy. These assertions about homosexuality causing AIDS and suicide are harmful to the LGBT community and do not in any way advance causes for expanding civil and human rights.
Dear Christopher Doyle,
PFOX’s attempts to lobby lawmakers on Capitol Hill for protection for the ex-gay community are misguided and harmful. Your group’s assertion that ex-gay therapy saves lives by preventing AIDS and suicide is completely unfounded. The American Psychological Association, in fact, has published extensive research discrediting the validity of ex-gay therapy and outlining its various harmful psychological effects.
Suicide in the gay community is not caused by homosexuality, but rather by societal pressures and stigmas that discriminate against gay people and suppress their identities. Ex-gay therapy does not save lives. It shames gay individuals.
Stop advocating on the behalf of ex-gay therapy. I urge you to cease spreading lies and myths about homosexuality in an attempt to advance your group’s hateful cause.
[Your Name Here]
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