NEW YORK — Truth Wins Out thanked the Arcus Foundation today for rewarding TWO with a $40,000 grant that will greatly assist in the organizations efforts to counter the ex-gay industry. The gift was from The Arcus Gay & Lesbian Fund, which seeks to advance social justice by supporting efforts to promote human rights and policy change for GLBT equality.
“Truth Wins Out is grateful for the generous support it has received from the Arcus Foundation,” said Truth Wins Out’ Executive Director Wayne Besen. “This gift significantly increases our capacity to enlighten Americans about the ex-gay myth. This timely assistance will allow us to educate the public and help people who have been harmed by these dangerous organizations.”
Jon Stryker founded the Arcus Foundation and its Executive Director is noted GLBT advocate Urvashi Vaid. The Gay & Lesbian Fund focuses on impacting religious and values-based beliefs to promote greater acceptance of the GLBT community. It also concentrates on efforts to address and promote racial justice in GLBT communities and further the inclusion of issues of sexuality within racial justice movements as well as expand GLBT human rights in communities of color.
In the Spring 2007 grant cycle, The Arcus Gay & Lesbian Fund provided 53 grants totaling $2,951,105.
“The Arcus Foundation is truly a lifeline and a vital component in our battle to win full equality,” said Besen. “We are honored that they have invested in Truth Wins Out and given us the opportunity to bring a greater focus to these dangerous programs.”
Additionally, Truth Wins Out moved its national headquarters from Miami Beach to New York City this month. The rapid growth of the organization necessitated the move to a larger media market. There will still be a presence in South Florida, lead by board member Rev. Jerry Stephenson.
The Arcus Foundation envisions and contributes to a pluralistic world that celebrates diversity and dignity, invests in social justice, and promotes tolerance and compassion. Truth Wins OUT is a non-profit organization that counters right wing propaganda, exposes the “ex-gay” myth and educates America about gay life. For more information, visit www.TruthWinsOut.org.
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