"Ex-gay Pride Month" canceled because of "anti-ex-gay extremism"

The "intolerance" of others has derailed the "ex-gay" movement's festival of intolerance

By Katie McDonough
Published July 16, 2013 5:20PM (EDT)
Michele Bachmann was just one of the invited speakers to the now-defunct July event.            (AP/Jae C. Hong)
Michele Bachmann was just one of the invited speakers to the now-defunct July event. (AP/Jae C. Hong)

"Ex-gay Pride Month" has been canceled. Why? Because "anti-ex-gay extremists" (sometimes called "regular people") ruined everything.

"Due to some anti-ex-gay extremism that has occurred since we first announced Ex-Gay Pride 2013, the July 31 Lobbying Day on Capitol Hill and Evening Dinner/Reception at the Family Research Council has had to be moved and postponed to an undisclosed location in September," organizers have announced on their website.

Now July is just July again. The ex-gay festivities have been called off. Michele Bachmann no longer has an invitation to deliver a keynote. The theme song competition is over. All is lost. This is why we can't have nice things, etc.

But organizers are putting on a brave face, and won't be deterred by how "intolerant some individuals and organizations are about the existence of ex-gays and former homosexuals." As such, they have declared September to be "Ex-Gay Awareness Month," a time to "reflect on the discrimination and marginalization that former homosexuals and ex-gays experience in the public at large. It will also provide some much needed exposure to students in secondary schools and colleges across the country to learn about the plights, challenges, and tribulations facing ex-gays in our culture."




Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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