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Ex-Gay Pride Events Postponed

by Bobby McGuire
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Monday Jul 15, 2013
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It appears that those who made travel plans to attend the First Annual Ex-Gay Pride festivities in Washington, D.C. later this month will have to wait until September due to alleged harassment and perceived security threats, according to the events’ organizers, Voice of the Voiceless (VoV).

An announcement dated July 12, posted to the VoV website states, "Due to some anti-ex-gay extremism that has occurred since we first announced Ex-Gay Pride 2013, 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."

While many may perceive the postponement notice as a white flag on the ex-gay issue, organizers of the event are literally doubling down on the delayed festivities and have claimed another month in the calendar for their cause. Their announcement goes on to state "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. So much so, that we believe it is necessary not only to hold events in July for Ex-Gay Pride, but also to declare September as the First Annual Ex-Gay Awareness Month."

The postponement announcement continues with an apology to attendees, "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."

The event in question was an evening dinner and reception scheduled for Wednesday, July 31. According to the event’s invitation, in addition to honoring "Ex-Gay Pride Month," the evening was to "officially launch two new ex-gay rights organizations, Equality and Justice for All and Voice of the Voiceless. Printed on the invitation was an impressive list of high profile opponents to marriage equality who were invited to speak, including Rep. "Michele Bachman" R-MN (name misspelled on the invitation) and Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-KS, the lead sponsor of a House of Representatives bill to put in place a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Also highlighting the event was to be the debut of the winning entry of a music video contest themed on celebrating ex-gay pride.

As of this writing, neither Bachmann nor Huelskamp confirmed their attendance or participation as speakers for the event.

No mention was made in the postponement announcement regarding any refunds on ticket sales to the July 31 dinner or the return of any $30 entry fees for the scheduled "music video" contest.

Comments

  • Matt1961, 2013-07-13 19:28:06

    The incredible gall of these hate filled bible thumpers. In the US they have the right to voice their opinion but the reasonable question is should they? Hate speech should be labeled as such by law.


  • gdhamf, 2013-07-13 22:52:27

    Bull crap, they just could not fill seats and want another month to try and sell six more tickets. These people are a joke.


  • Anonymous, 2013-07-14 00:07:15

    Please, please, Edge, keep us informed on the latest on this event! This has all the potential of a Shakespearian comedy plot or a lost episode of Gilligan’s Island! Either way, it beats summer reruns!


  • Bobby McGuire, 2013-07-14 02:44:39

    The sad comedy here appears to be writing itself.


  • fleebness, 2013-07-14 06:42:37

    Not refunding the money is the icing on the cake.


  • WayGay, 2013-07-14 09:32:04

    How funny. You know because the LGBT community is so violent. This is like inventing an event for gay ex-astronaut wives. Even if there were any, what kind of a march could they make?


  • Oh Jed said:, 2013-07-14 11:13:24

    Yeah, this is quite a chuckle. I wonder if we’ll now hear about a spate of ex-gay bashings perpetrated by phobic, angry, intolerant homosexuals...er...or would that be ex-straights.


  • Anonymous, 2013-07-14 11:47:16

    They have simply repackaged their movement. Very creative I admit. What a joke i cant wait for their circus to be the butt of jokes on Late night tv. In reality itd be like the KKK having flamboyant event in the middle of the civil rights movement in the 60s.


  • Anonymous, 2013-07-15 07:10:26

    "Cancelled due to anti-ex-gay extremism" is Asshole for "cancelled because only 10 people bought tickets".


  • Wayne M., 2013-07-15 21:05:14

    The idea of an Ex-Gay pride event makes as much sense as having a murderers’ pride event or a Mafia pride event. It is clearly proven by independent scientific and psychological study and research that you cannot change your sexual orientation. This is backed up by many so-called "ex-Gays" who entered into heterosexual relationships - and then started seeking same-sex contacts on the sly. The "Ex-Gay" and reparative therapy movement is a fraud and any event they host would best be named "Fraud Pride".


  • Anonymous, 2013-07-23 23:59:30

    Gays are the last group of people you can legally discriminate against in this country. We need federal protection just like any other minority.


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