Safe Exit Summit Served as a Place for Parents to Find Peace, Healing and Restoration
For Immediate Release
October 8, 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.—Parenting can be one of the toughest jobs in the world. So, naturally, parents can feel lost or hopeless when sons or daughters reveal they are homosexual or struggling with same-sex attractions or gender identity issues.
Regina Griggs was one of those parents, so she knows firsthand how helpful resources and support can be.
As 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, Griggs was one of the featured speakers at this past weekend’s Safe Exit Summit in Washington, D.C.—an event designed to help navigate some of most complicated parenting challenges.
“This past weekend at the uplifting and inspiring Safe Exit Summit, parents were provided with invaluable resources that can truly help to change families—for the better,” Griggs said. “When our children, whether in adolescence or adulthood, struggle with homosexuality or other sexual or gender issues, it can be alarming to parents. 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. Our passionate and helpful Safe Exit Summit speakers were proof.”
The third annual conference, held on Oct. 2-3, featured a legislator education day on Capitol Hill. Storms did not stop the dedicated parents and former homosexuals from sharing the truth with congressional leaders—that nobody is born gay, change is possible and ex-gays exist everywhere.
Besides Griggs, the inspiring lineup of speakers at Safe Exit Summit included columnist and radio host Dr. Michael Brown, renowned attorney Charles LiMandri, licensed marriage and family therapist David Pickup, and Denise Shick, founder of Help4 families, who addressed helping families who’ve been affected by gender confusion. The day ended with prayer and a powerful testimony by group leader Flo Hubbs.
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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