Safe Exit Summit a Place for Parents to Find Peace, Restoration and Resources
Conference This Weekend in Washington, D.C., Helps Parents Support Loved Ones Struggling with Sexual Identity Issues
For Immediate Release
September 30, 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.—When sons or daughters reveal they are homosexual or struggling with same-sex attractions or gender identity issues, it can be a shock to parents. But there are resources available that can make a world of difference. Regina Griggs knows this well, as she was once one of those parents.
Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX, www.pfox.org), 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, will be one of the many expert speakers at this weekend’s Safe Exit Summit in Washington—an event designed to help navigate some of these complicated challenges.
The third annual conference, following September’s Ex-Gay Awareness Month, will aim to encourage, educate and edify parents, church leaders, family members and friends, as well as those struggling with gender confusion and unwanted same-sex attraction.
“When our children, whether in adolescence or adulthood, struggle with homosexuality or other sexual or gender issues, it can be alarming to parents at first,” Griggs said. “They don’t know where to turn, if their relationships with their kids will ever be the same, or what the future holds. But rather than hide or retreat, parents must know that there is help available, and that change is possible. At the Safe Exit Summit, our passionate speakers are proof, and as they share their stories, parents will see they are not on this journey alone and that they will be stronger on the other side with the support and prayers of people just like them.”
Registration is open for the two-day conference on Oct. 2-3 at www.safeexitsummit.org, and an inspiring lineup of speakers will offer hope and resources, answer questions and share their own stories. A promo code of SAFECHURCH2015 gives pastors and church leaders a special rate of $99 for Safe Exit Summit.
Friday, Oct. 2 will feature a legislator education day on Capitol Hill for those who support ex-gays and individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction, as well as a time of praise with musician Dennis Jernigan and the viewing of the documentary “Such Were Some of You,” produced by Safe Exit Summit speaker Dr. David Kyle Foster. Oct. 3 features the full lineup of speakers, along with breakout sessions, a luncheon, a panel discussion and the presentation of the Friends of Ex-Gays Freedom Award to attorney Charles LiMandri, who defended the counseling group JONAH this summer.
Those traveling to the Washington, D.C., area for the Safe Exit Summit will be connected with the host hotel upon registration. The hotel—close to the conference site—is offering attendees a discounted rate, a free breakfast and other amenities. Registration for the two-day event is still open, and co-hosting with PFOX is Voice of the Voiceless and Equality And Justice For All.
Serving as the keynote speaker for the Safe Exit Summit will be Dr. Michael Brown, one of the most respected conservative voices in America and author of the new book, “Outlasting the Gay Revolution: Eight Principles for Long-term Cultural Change.”
Brown is widely considered to be the world’s foremost Messianic Jewish apologist. Since coming to faith in 1971 as a 16-year-old, heroin-shooting Jewish rock drummer, he has devoted his life to fostering awakening in the Church, sparking moral and cultural revolution in society, raising up gospel laborers for the nations and reaching out to his own Jewish people.
He is the host of the nationally syndicated “Line of Fire” radio program (Brown will broadcast live from the Safe Exit Summit on Oct. 2) and is the president of FIRE School of Ministry and a professor of Bible and Hebrew Studies at several leading seminaries. Brown has preached in more than 25 nations and is the author of 25 books and numerous scholarly and popular articles. He has debated Jewish rabbis, agnostic professors and gay activists on radio, TV and college campuses. Read more at askdrbrown.org or view his columns for The Christian Post.
For information on additional conference speakers, visit www.SafeExitSummit.org/speakers.
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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