PFOX* is at it again. Jeremy has the scoop:
What sort of silly shenanigans are the PFOX-ers up to now? Well, they are taking one minor procedural determination from The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) and acting as if it has lent some kind of validity to their cause.
Here is the breathless press release from PFOX, replete with exaggerations:
BURBANK, Calif., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) has directed the Walt Disney Company to accept a shareholder resolution requesting the inclusion of ex-gays in Disney’s sexual orientation policies and corporate diversity programs. Disney had opposed the ex-gay resolution and asked the SEC for permission to exclude it from stockholder consideration.
“Like many corporations, Disney implements mandatory diversity training for employees that emphasizes gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgenders, but fails to include ex-gays,” said Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX). “It is a serious omission both for the ex-gay community and their supporters.”
“Employees who support the ex-gay community are not welcomed to express their views and fear they would be forced to undergo sensitivity training because they support former homosexuals,” said Griggs. “Ex-gays are forced to remain closeted because they are not protected by diversity policies and are subjected to open disapproval by others in the workplace. The inclusion of ex-gays will cost Disney nothing to implement and would provide true diversity and respect in the workplace.”
The resolution cites a recent judicial decision issued by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. In that case, brought by PFOX, the Court ruled that former homosexuals are a protected class that must be recognized under D.C.’s sexual orientation non-discrimination laws. The Court held that sexual orientation does not require immutable characteristics.
“Disney should treat ex-gays and their friends with the respect they deserve,” said Bobbie Strobhar, the stockholder who submitted the shareholder resolution. “We need more of these resolutions nationwide to assure tolerance and safety in the workplace for the ex-gay community and their supporters.”
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) leads the nation in providing outreach, education, and public awareness in support of families and the ex-gay community. They can be reached at //pfox.org/about_us.html.
Contact: Regina Griggs
Executive Director, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX)
Jeremy points out that we’re dealing with ONE determination in ONE case brought up by a shareholder from ONE company. ONE does not a pattern make, Regina, nor does ONE minor ruling lend any credence to the piffle your organization promotes.
“Ex-Gay” is not a sexual orientation, unless Regina is conceding our point that gays cannot change their sexual orientation. According to “ex-gay” orthodoxy, “ex-gay” people are straight, which is already recognized as a sexual orientation and therefore already subject to protection under non-discrimination laws. Therefore, unless Regina is truly advocating that the undersexed (or secretly sexed when they think nobody is looking) of our population be included in their own subcategory, as a suspect class entitled to protection from discrimination**, then this is much ado about nothing.
It’s also notable that PFOX has to refer back to their own poorly decided court case, instead of going to others in the “ex-gay” industry to lend credence to what she’s saying. Perhaps it’s because PFOX is so awful that even the “ex-gay” industry has told it to get bent.
*Stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Furries or something.
**If so, knock yourself out, baby! Spend the rest of your life going to court only to have judges laugh at you. I hear Investigative Dentist Orly Taitz has less and less on her plate these days, maybe she’ll help. How’s your gay son, by the way?