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Record Numbers of Ex-Gays Rally: Almost 10

by Bobby McGuire
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Friday Aug 2, 2013

There was no Michele Bachmann, no Tim Huelskamp, not enough in the crowd to constitute a minyan by Jewish law or a quorum by Robert's Rules of Orders, and although the stalwart group of less than ten fell far short of the thousands predicted in attendance by the American Family Association, the first annual "Ex-Gay Pride Rally" lived up to the old adage - "the show must go on!" in a spectacular showing that would have rivaled the attendance record set in the Garden of Eden, but not since.

Record numbers of ex-gays descended upon the steps of the Supreme Court, July 31. As this was their First Annual Ex-Gay Lobby Day for their (now postponed) First Annual Ex-Gay Month those record numbers were almost 10. ??

This number was just shy of the "thousands of ex-gays" they anticipated and even less than the "tens of thousands" of ex-gays that exist but are "in the closet because of fear, shame and threats from gay activists," claims Christopher Doyle, Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) Co-Founder and Acting Director. Co-Founder and Acting Director of the event's organizer's Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) an offshoot group of Christian ex-gay ministry the International Healing Foundation and who, according to their website are "the only anti-defamation organization dedicated to defending the rights of former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions, and their families."

The event was first announced in a June 17 Press release issued by the Voice of the Voiceless (VoV) which described Ex-Gay Pride as a "time to recognize the unique experiences of ex-gays and former homosexuals and celebrate their existence in American culture." It went on to say that its timing was strategically planned for "July, after June's annual gay pride month, in order to draw attention to the ever-increasing phenomenon of ex-gays or former homosexuals; that is, individuals who formerly had unwanted same-sex attractions and/or lived an LGBT-identified life, but now do not. These individuals may be in heterosexual relationships, pursuing heterosexuality, or living celibate lives as former homosexuals."

Additionally, VoV unsuccessfully sought a Presidential Proclamation from the White House to commemorate the event.

For a while, it seemed as though all systems were go with this event. Permits were secured, a venue for a Gala Dinner was booked, invitations boasting an unconfirmed stable of "A-List" conservative Christian politician invitees were printed, and a contest for music videos celebrating the festivities was announced.

Fast Forward less than a month later when a press release issued by VoV dated July 12 announced: "Due to some anti-ex-gay extremism that has occurred since we first announced Ex-Gay Pride 2013, the July 31 Lobbying Day on Capitol Hill and Evening Dinner/Reception at the Family Research Council has had to be moved and postponed to an undisclosed location in September. The harassment has caused several security threats which has forced us to change plans, and that is unfortunate."

The postponement announcement continued with an apology, "For all of our supporters that have made travel plans to attend the July 31 event, we sincerely apologize for having to change plans, but we thought it was in the best interest to ensure the safety and security of all participants and speakers."


  • BlondieSL, 2013-08-02 15:21:15

    "ever-increasing phenomenon of ex-gays or former homosexuals" Please let’s all chip in for some one-way tickets to Egypt. That’s where those fools will find... DE NILE!!! :) And this, ""Heterophobic gay activist will stop at nothing to attack ex-gays," .... PUH-LEASE!!! Before reading their BS, I had NEVER heard of any Gay person or activist doing/saying anything about these so-called "ex-gays." Probably because there’s no such thing as an ex-gay. You are who you are born as. They are fooling themselves and worse, trying to fool others. WE KNOW!!! I feel sad for them that they can’t accept themselves and allow others to dictate who they are and how they live. It’s just sad.

  • gdhamf, 2013-08-02 17:28:30

    Hey I am all for it, who am I to tell these " people" how to live? As a matter of fact I think the 8 or9 of them should get a house together with the million moms

  • gdhamf, 2013-08-02 17:29:37

    Hey I am all for it, who am I to tell these " people" how to live? As a matter of fact I think the 8 or9 of them should get a house together with the million moms a nice 2 bedroom ranch house in Jersey should fit all of them quite comfortably.

  • , 2013-08-02 17:37:49

    "Tens of thousands" of ex gays that exist but are "in the closet because of fear, shame, and the threats from gay activists". Really? What a laugh! So in denial for who they really are.

  • , 2013-08-03 03:19:58

    Seriously? Obviously they have such a "HUGE" following. It is amazing how organized religion can poision some people’s mind and not let them think for themselves!

  • , 2013-08-04 11:26:18

    LMAO! Those scary glitter-wearing homo fascists are discriminating against me! Where this guy is going wrong is admitting that HRC trained him on strategy, which says plainly (even if it wasn’t already obvious) that he’s trying to subvert the political rhetoric of the lgbt rights movement to push the ex gay, anti secular, homophobic agenda. But his manipulations are too obvious ... Plus who gives a shit about the ex gay movement? Live and let live... If he and his 10 sexually frustrated friends want to console each other in their misery, hey, party on.

  • Wayne M., 2013-08-06 10:26:04

    "Ex-Gay" equals fraud. You can suppress your homosexuality, but you will not change the fact you are Gay. And for a person to try to suppress his/her homosexuality can only bring unhappiness and trouble to self, partners and children of any union.

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