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Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX)
Families Ask Obama Administration to Take Down Government Links to Anti-Ex-Gay Websites
Government gives $100,000 to gay group for schoolchildren to become “youth activists”
Washington DC -- In a letter to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) is asking President Obama’s administration to stop promoting websites of organizations and publications that denigrate Christian ex-gay ministries and former homosexuals.
The CDC’s federal government website, "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health Youth Sources" at http://www.cdc.gov/lgbthealth/youth-resources.htm#friends links to gay activist organizations and homosexual resources for youth and parents, but fails to include links to organizations or resources for parents who do not affirm homosexual behavior, or for youth with unwanted same-sex attractions.
The links on the CDC site include:
http://gsanetwork.org – “Empowering youth activists to fight homophobia and transphobia in schools.”
http://gsanetwork.org/what-we-do/transforming-schools -- “GSA Network’s 5 campaigns to Change Your School empower youth activists to create changes that will transform schools for generations to come.” The CDC gave away over $100,000 in taxpayer money to fund this homosexual/transvestite “youth activist” program.
“How do these links ‘meet scientific standards supported by published, evidence-based studies,’ as the CDC claims?” asked Regina Griggs, PFOX’s executive director.
“The CDC’s link to Trevor Space: News and Networking describes itself as ‘a social networking site for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth ages 13 through 24.’ What is scientific about this?”
“The federal government website also contains links to anti-ex-gay organizations, such as PFLAG, which openly denigrates former homosexuals, and the anti-ex-gay publication Just the Facts, which advocates against Christian ex-gay ministries and only lists religious organizations that affirm homosexual behavior. Just the Facts is so biased that a federal judge in Maryland said it violates the First Amendment’s religious freedom protection.”
“Why is the federal government spreading intolerance against the ex-gay community and Christians who support the religious testimony of former homosexuals?” said Griggs.
“PFOX asks CDC Director Thomas Frieden to adopt the standards utilized by the Office of Adolescent Health, Department of Health and Human Services, and provide website links that are factually oriented, relevant to adolescent health, non-partisan, free from bias and predjudice, and do not take or present an advocacy position.”
“The CDC’s current list of links results in ex-gay bashing, does not provide complete factual information to youth and their parents, and sends the wrong message that unpopular sexual minorities like former homosexuals are not entitled to protection or respect. The CDC is engaging in sexual orientation bias against disfavored groups. As concerned parents, we are asking President Obama, who appointed CDC’s Thomas Frieden, and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, to intervene.”
Action Alert! Contact these leaders and ask them to intervene:
CDC Secretary Thomas Frieden at 404-639-7000 or Tomfrieden@cdc.gov
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius at 202-690-7000 or Kathleen.Sebelius@hhs.gov
White House at 202-456-1111 or 1-877-210-5351 or http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments
Congressional switchboard to reach your senator or representative is 877-210-5351 or http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/congdir.tt