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07/01/2008

Hmm...maybe they think it's an advocacy group for incontinent foxes?

by Jeremy Hooper

Template-Index 70Did the typically gay-supportive NAACP allow the pro-"ex-gay" PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays) group to exhibit at its 2006 convention? Yes, according to newly-released information that's been obtained by Ex Gay Watch:

NAACP Appreciates PFOX Participation, Invites Them Back [XGW]

Yes, that's right -- a group that (a) eschews the opinion of credible experts, instead using their own faith-based opinions to try to "convert" gays into "ex-gays", and (b) resists the equal rights of those gays who refuse to "change," was apparently allowed to set up shop at the convention of a group whose sole goal is to better the lives of minority citizens. That's sort of like letting Krispy Kreme set up a booth inside a Weight Watchers!

It's unclear whether the NAACP was unaware of how deeply PFOX's biases truly run, or if they just turned a blind eye to the message. It's also unclear if the PFOX organization has been on site at other conventions before or since. But one thing is for sure: A Krispy Kreme donut sounds frickin' yummy The inclusion was misguided at best.

**SEE ALSO: An XGW commenter by the name of "Holly" (an ex-"ex-gay") was actually on site at the event. Read her experience here (comment 1) and here (comment 2).

**UPDATE: We received a semi-angry email from a self-identified "fat person" who takes issue with our silly Krispy Kreme at Weight Watchers comparison. This person said to us:

From my perspective as a fat person, you have the comparison all wrong. Weight Watchers and all those countless other weight-loss programs and diets are very much like PFOX and the ex-gay community; they believe fat people need to change 'for their own good.' They claim to be supporting fat people, to 'better the lives of minority citizens,' but in truth they are just humiliating and exploiting fat people. Fat people don't need to become thin anymore than GLBT people need to become straight.

Now, from our perspective, this isn't how we see it at all. Weight Watchers isn't trying to change laws so that they are discriminatory against overweight people, nor, in our estimation, are they exploiting or humiliating anyone. But that being said, we're sorry if that quip offended anyone.

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Your thoughts

maybe the naacp isn't completely aware of PFOX's reputation. You would be surprised to know how many African-American organizations (and lgbt African-Americans for that matter) aren't aware of the ex-gay lie.

Posted by: a. mcewen | Jul 1, 2008 12:33:31 PM

I think the 'ex-gay' movement is one of the most damaging things to GLBT rights. It makes homosexuality into a sickness that can (and should be) cured to achieve 'normality'.

And all of those poor ex-gay people, forcing themselves to live a lie and further hurt other gays, all because they're so desperate to change because society is so non-accepting of them.

Posted by: | Jul 1, 2008 2:33:16 PM

You give the NAACP more credit than they deserve in my opinion....take a look at the NC Chapter of the NAACP's role in the Duke lax case, mor eimportantly their 86 point "what happene on that night" concerning the case, for which nearly 2 years after theguys were exhonorated they STLL mintain happened and continue to keep u online...the NAACP is a very "I get mine first" type of organization. I wouldn't be surprised if they were looking for funding from the "religious" crew...just my opinion.

Posted by: Stef | Jul 1, 2008 2:54:11 PM

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