Griggs, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays
Parents Concerned Over Obama’s ‘Safe Schools Czar’
Washington, D.C., Oct. 8 – “Gay activist Kevin Jennings’ appointment
as President Obama’s ‘Safe Schools Czar’ is yet another questionable
selection. Only this
time, they’re endangering our children,” said Regina Griggs,
executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX).
“As a founder of the Gay/Lesbian/Straight Education Network, Jennings encouraged impressionable youth in
our nation’s public high schools to identify as ‘gay’ or
‘transgender’ at an early age,” said Griggs.
“Yet many youth are distressed by unwanted same-sex
attraction and want information about the possibility of change.
Jennings opposes ex-gay equal access to public schools like
our PFOX teen brochures
that offer ex-gay resources and encourage students to wait until
full maturity before declaring themselves ‘gay’ or ‘transgender.’”
“I wish ex-gay resources like those available through
had been around to help me when I was in high school,” said
Christopher Doyle, a former homosexual and
PFOX board member.
“As a youth, I was very confused and would have appreciated
support for my unwanted same-sex attractions.
All I heard, even from some teachers, was that I was born
gay. But as an adult, I
discovered there is no scientific evidence to support this claim.”
“While Jennings promotes
tolerance for boys and girls to identify as ‘gay’ or cross-dress at
school, he is intolerant of former homosexuals and their message of
hope and change,” remarked Griggs.
“As a national public official, will Kevin Jennings now work
on behalf of all Americans, including the ex-gay community?
Or will Jennings continue to deny
ex-gay organizations a voice in our public schools while he supports
full access by gay and transgender organizations?”
disregard for parental rights and children's well being has surfaced
before,” said Griggs. “Jennings admits that a 15 year-old student
once came to him and confessed that he was having sex with an older
man he met in a bus station restroom.
Shockingly, rather than notify the boy’s parents or school
administrators, Jennings' only response as
a teacher was, ‘I hope you knew to use a condom.’
“Our children deserve better,” said Griggs.
“We encourage the Secretary of Education to reappoint another
Safe Schools Czar capable of protecting all students.”
Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX)
distributes educational literature on unwanted same-sex attractions
and teaches tolerance for former homosexuals.
They can be reached at