A day prior to the announcement by Exodus International that it was folding, an announcement for the First Annual Ex-Gay Pride Month, was released. To be launched as part of the Month are two new organizations to advocate for the rights of former homosexuals – Voice of the Voiceless (VoV), and Equality and Justice for All.
According to the June 17 Press release issued by Voice of the Voiceless, the Ex-Gay Pride will be a "time to recognize the unique experiences of ex-gays and former homosexuals and celebrate their existence in American culture." The VoV further explained that the timing of the Ex-Gay Pride was strategically planned for "July, after June’s annual gay pride month, in order to draw attention to the ever-increasing phenomenon of ex-gays or former homosexuals; that is, individuals who formerly had unwanted same-sex attractions and/or lived an LGBT-identified life, but now do not. These individuals may be in heterosexual relationships, pursuing heterosexuality, or living celibate lives as former homosexuals."
The existence of ex-gays is the ultimate bad news for the Gay Lobby. All their arguments of homosexuality feelings being akin to the colour of one’s skin fall flat in the face of tens of thousands real people who once practiced homosexuality, but have now successfully come out of it! The VoV therefore did not think the powerful gay lobby would fold its hands and watch the Ex-Gay Pride events take place. In fact, according to press notes, one reason why organizers chose Washington DC as the venue of ”at least one event” during the Ex-Gay Pride Month, is “Because Washington, DC is the only jurisdiction that recognizes ex-gays as a protected class against discrimination in the United States” and thus likely to provide “ a safe place to gather and celebrate free from any threat of intimidation."
They were wrong! By July 12, the VoV had to announce a change in the programmes “due to some anti-ex-gay extremism that has occurred since we first announced Ex-Gay Pride 2013.” According to the release, “the July 31 Lobbying Day on Capitol Hill and Evening Dinner/Reception at the Family Research Council has had to be moved and postponed to an undisclosed location in September. The harassment has caused several security threats which has forced us to change plans, and that is unfortunate."
The VoV is taking a positive attitude to all the harassment from the Gay Lobby. The announcement continued: "On the bright side, this harassment and anti-ex-gay extremism has reminded us just how intolerant some individuals and organizations are about the existence of ex-gays and former homosexuals.”
The VoV had tried to seek the involvement of the White House in the ex-Gay Pride, via a Presidential Proclamation, as has been “issued in previous years, including this year, for June’s Gay Pride Month”. This must certainly be some joke on the part of VoV, given Obama’s unhidden absolute support for the homosexuality lobby. Despite its claim to represent “tens of thousands of former homosexuals” and the fact that “former homosexuals are now recognized as a legally protected class in Washington, D.C.”, VoV efforts drew a blank from White House Officials. In a letter written directly to President Obama on June 18, the VoV began:
"Dear Mr. President, Our office has left multiple voice messages for the White House Office of Public Engagement.”
It went on to request for discussion with relevant officials on the issue of “tolerance for the ex-gay community and how The White House can ensure equal access for ex-gays in the nation’s capital, which is the only jurisdiction that recognizes ex-gays as a legally protected class. "
The unofficial response was the series of intimidation and security threats that forced the change in date and venue of the events! In offering its apologies to attendees for the shift, the Voice of the Voiceless emphasized the security situation:
"For all of our supporters that have made travel plans to attend the July 31 event, we sincerely apologize for having to change plans, but we thought it was in the best interest to ensure the safety and security of all participants and speakers."
Meanwhile, all that is heard on mainstream media is how homosexuals are being persecuted with no mention of the ex-homosexual minority! (For related materials, please see the Exhortation in this edition of CA!)