Are Churches Ready to Stand for Truth?
PFOX’s Safe Exit Teaches How to Preach the Facts; Dispel Homosexual Entrapment
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays’ Safe Exit Program Educates Pastors and the Church How to Open Doors and Minds
For Immediate Release
November 10, 2015
Deborah Hamilton, Hamilton Strategies, 215.815.7716, 610.584.1096, ext. 102, or Jen Wozniak, 610.584.1096, ext. 100, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com
RICHMOND, Va.—Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX, www.pfox.org) believes every person seeking positive life change needs the love and support of family, friends the community and the church.
PFOX, the nation’s leading advocacy organization that offers love and support to families and friends of individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions and gender confusion, supports the right of all individuals to seek the type of counseling, therapy or ministry of their choice that meets their personal beliefs and needs including counseling to overcome unwanted same-sex attractions.
PFOX has also long held the view that change is possible, and that all people should have the right to obtain therapies for issues with which they are struggling.
“Countless people have benefitted from therapies that help them with unwanted same-sex attractions and gender identity confusion,” said PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs. “PFOX works personally with many who have experienced true change—and that change was possible because of numerous types of support such as counseling, ministries and various types of therapy.”
Children especially should have a safe environment to seek the help they want and need without fear and be able to access full mental health care as legally provided under the law in the majority of the states, Griggs added. Yet, homosexual activists seek to entrap those with unwanted same-sex attraction into a lifestyle they wish to leave by imposing their beliefs and promoting laws based on fiction.
Respecting the lives of people who have made a decision to change—and including them in the conversation—is crucial to building a tolerant society. Unfortunately, some gay activists deny that change is possible—and therefore deny that former homosexuals do exist. Thus, homosexual activists sadly work to exclude scientific facts, and attempt to censor and silence the truth allowing only one side of the story to be told, while demanding tolerance from others.
According to the American Psychological Association, “[a]lthough much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors.”  The APA also indicated that there is no proof of harm of Sexual Orientation Change Efforts on pages 82-83 of its 2009 report.
Homosexual activists and organizations that support homosexual behavior as normal, natural and healthy seek to deny that change is possible and work to entrap youth by taking away their rights to self determination and to choose to live the life that represents their personal beliefs by making therapies to overcome unwanted same sex attraction illegal.
In spite of these facts, the Obama Administration has been vocal about denying help for minors with unwanted same-sex attractions and gender identity issues, calling for a ban on therapies—even if they are requested voluntarily.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently issued a report stating that “conversion therapy” is dangerous and must stop. Then the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) also touted “sample legislation for state legislators and equality groups who want to protect LGBTQ youth” from what they perceive to be dangerous, while the APA says there’s no proof of danger.
The APA also stated in 2009 that affirmative approaches, or homosexual affirming therapy, have also “not been evaluated for safety and efficacy.” [Appropriate Therapeutic Responses to Sexual Orientation] Yet, PFOX asks, is anyone calling for these types of therapies to be outlawed?
“It’s so important,” Griggs added, “that churches are educated about people who are struggling with complex issues and know how to best open the church doors to them. We realize that pastors are in a very difficult position and often aren’t sure how to address these matters in a loving but truthful way. These interactions are complicated, and at times, even uncomfortable, but this ministry is one of the most important callings on churches today. That’s where PFOX’s Safe Exit program can help.”
PFOX’s Safe Exit program offers resources and expert speakers to help churches open their doors to those struggling with same-sex attractions and gender identity confusion, as well as to families whose lives have been affected by a homosexual loved one. The church needs to recognize and promote the ex-gay community as the living proof that change is possible and provide hope to its membership, Griggs said.
Griggs added that the varied parishioners in congregations today include both strugglers and seekers:
- The Struggler: Someone wrestling with unwanted feelings of sexual attraction for the same sex. This person is struggling to understand what it all means, but often feels that no one will understand them or their struggle. They also believe—and have even experienced—that anyone who learns about their struggle looks upon them with shame nd rejection.
- The Seeker: Someone who has been or is currently on the journey of overcoming unwanted same-sex attraction. They are the “ex-gay”—the person who at one time perhaps publicly identified as homosexual, but made a decision to change their life. This person seeks a church home where they can share their story of God’s redemption and healing without fear, stigma or suspicion.
PFOX highlights the stories of those who are either ex-gay or have been affected by transgender, homosexual and other sexual identity issues in their family on its web site at www.pfox.org/personal-stories and www.pfox.org/safe-exit. Some of those featured in the videos now serve as guest speakers at churches for the Safe Exit program.
For more information on the Safe Exit program for churches, or to request more information on how to invite a guest speaker to a church, visit www.pfox.org/safe-exit.
PFOX is a national non-profit organization that supports families and educates the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX supports an inclusive environment for the ex-gay community and works to eliminate negative perceptions and discrimination against former homosexuals by conducting public education and outreach to further individual self-determination and respect for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation.
PFOX believes that every person seeking positive life change needs the love and support of family, friends, the community and the church, and strives to offer a place for help, a place for truth, and a place for ex-gays to participate in the conversation about same-sex attraction. PFOX families love their homosexual children unconditionally, believing that unconditional love between them and their child is based on treating each other with kindness and respect. Each year, men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to seek help in overcoming a homosexual identity through gender-affirming programs, including counseling, support groups, faith-based ministries and other non-judgmental environments.
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is a 501(c)(3) national non-profit organization with a mission to support families and educate the public on sexual orientation and the ex-gay community. PFOX is committed to supporting parents and friends of homosexuals who want help, hope and community, and exists to provide education and resources. PFOX works toward understanding and acceptance of the ex-gay community.
To interview a representative from Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays, contact Deborah Hamilton at 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, ext. 102, or Jen Wozniak at 610-584-1096, ext. 100, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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