Speaking Event Counters Notorious “Pray Away The Gay’ Therapy Conference
Only three months after the American Psychological Association released a landmark report that claimed attempts to change from gay-to-straight do not work, a notorious “ex-gay” therapy group will come to South Florida this weekend to peddle its fraudulent cure for homosexuality. In response to the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality’ (NARTH) infamous conference, Compass and Equality Florida hosted Truth Wins Out’s Executive Director Wayne Besen last night, who gave a multi-media presentation on the harm of so-called ex-gay therapy.
“NARTH is a notorious and discredited fraud that peddles shame and profits from pain,” Wayne Besen, Executive Director of Truth Wins Out, said at Compass, the Lake Worth LGBT community center. “The American Psychological Association made it clear that there is no evidence that people can go from gay to straight. Unfortunately, NARTH members are only interested in evidence that the checks they take from vulnerable and desperate clients can be cashed.”
NARTH’ conference will be held at the West Palm Beach Marriott, Nov. 20-22. Besen’ talk will kick off a week of protest and educational events that will culminate with the 2009 Anti-Heterosexism Conference, sponsored by SoulForce and several other organizations, including Truth Wins Out.
“A special thanks goes to Tony Plakas and his partner Jamie Foreman for holding the event at Compass,” said Besen. “Allan Hendricks of Equality Florida did a wonderful job promoting the presentation. And, thank you to Dan Hall, a great friend and long time supporter of our work.”