'Ex-Gay' Support Group Leader Blasts Gay Men Who Challenged Tenn.'s Therapy Bill

Wednesday June 22, 2016

Regina Griggs, professional cheerleader for harmful gay conversion therapy and executive director of the misnomered Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) once again proved that she is no friend to anyone even remotely gay.

In an email sent to followers Wednesday, Griggs blasted to gay men who filed a complaint last week challenging Tennessee's new anti-LGBT law that allows mental health therapists to turn away patients based upon their religious beliefs.

"The two homosexual men bullying Tennessee right now want to use state power to force therapists to do something against their deeply held beliefs and to violate the APA code of ethics" said Mrs. Griggs. 

"At PFOX, we believe in unconditional love, a client's right to self-determination, and the freedom of therapists to provide counseling that does not violate their beliefs," said Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX), a parents support group.  "Unfortunately, progressive activists are attempting to criminalize the simple act of seeking help - and assisting - with unwanted same-sex desires. There are consequences for deliberately placing people in harm's way and denying them the truth, and that includes LGBT strugglers who have a right to seek help."

Griggs' ire wasn't reserved only for the gay men involved in the complaint, she also turned her poison pen to the American Counseling Association who have called Tennessee's new anti-LGBT therapy law a breach of professional ethics. From Tennessee, she traveled south to neighboring North Carolina to defend their recently adopted anti-LGBT law.

"In response to the law, the American Counseling Association apparently wants to regulate whom a therapist can treat," Griggs' statement read. "ACA has labeled the North Carolina law a 'hate bill,' canceled a planned conference in Nashville for 2017, and the mayors of Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia banned any city-related travel to Tennessee until the law is overturned."