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National 'Pray Away The Gay?' Speaking Tour Kicks Off at The University of Vermont Activist and Author Wayne Besen Available for Dynamic, Multi-Media Presentation on the 'Ex-Gay' Industry
NEW YORK -- Author and activist Wayne Besen will kick-off a national 2009-10 speaking tour in Burlington, Sept. 24, at the University of Vermont. The multi-media presentation, "Pray Away the Gay?", offers a unique, innovative and entertaining look behind the mask of so-called ex-gay programs. Besen is the founder of the non-profit organization Truth Wins Out and author of two books including the critically acclaimed, "Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth". He is also known for photographing ex-gay poster boy John Paulk in a gay bar in Washington, DC.
"My goal is to educate people on this important topic in an exciting and memorable way," said Besen, who has spoken at more than 100 leading universities, community organizations, business groups and religious institutions. "This new show is packed with powerful information, yet is very funny. The best entertainment allows people to learn and laugh at the same time."
During his hour and a half show, Besen takes the audience on a whirlwind tour of ex-gay ministry and therapy programs. Audiences will learn the history of these groups, the bizarre techniques they use and the political players that finance their efforts.
In 2006, Besen was recognized in the Advocate Magazine's "People of the Year" issue for his work with Truth Wins Out. Besen has appeared as a guest on leading news and political talk shows including: the NBC Nightly News, CNN's Talk Back Live and The Point, Fox's O'Reilly Factor and Hannity and Colmes, MSNBC News and Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. He has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Jour nal, USA Today, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and the Advocate Magazine.
Besen also has a weekly column that is published in the Falls Church News Press and more than a dozen GLBT publications. Prior to founding Truth Wins Out, Besen served as a spokesperson for five years with the Human Rights Campaign. He also worked in corporate communications for Edelman Public Relations and as a press secretary on a U.S. Senate race in Maine.
Besen can be booked for additional tour dates by contacting Lisa Darden at Hope Unlimited Productions (HUP) Talent and Booking, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wayne, no one can pray away the gay. It has a nice ring to it but it is impossible to pray away the gay. And for that matter it is impossible to pray away anything. I grew up in a strong Christian household and went to more prayer meetings than I can remember. I have been a prayer warrior and have never seen anything prayed away. I would come up with another slogan because evangelical Christians don't believe you can pray away the gay
posted by Monica, at
9/21/2009 9:50 PM
And of course MONICA speaks for everyone AS USUAL. A prayer warrior is how she defines herself? Twisted!!!!!!!!!!!! That's a catch 22. A complete 180. An oxymoron? I interpret "pray away the gay?" as a reaction to, not a definition of. Wayne Besen implies correctly by simply defining ALL these nutjobs as LOONS. Monica needs to be reminded that it is not Wayne Besen who is about slogans. It is the ding dong flip tart groups he is exposing that use slogans to hurt people. Waynes' words are messages. There is a big difference and people who do not use god and prayer as a "warrior" stance understand the goodness and love that drives Wayne and his "goal".
posted by ewe, at
9/21/2009 11:15 PM
Monica, it is a constant refrain in "exgay" circles like Exodus that if you have a good relationship with your imaginary friend Jesus you can "find freedom from gayness" - that is a belief that you can pray away the gay. If I had a nickle for every time I heard a Christian say "With god anything is possible" I'd be a wealthy woman.
posted by Priya Lynn, at
9/22/2009 12:26 PM
What you are saying is not true. Exodus' slogan is "Freedom from Homosexuality Through Jesus Christ".
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