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Aug 04 2013

No One Shows Up for ‘Ex-Gay’ Event at Capitol

A bunch of “ex-gay” activists — that is, gay people trying really, really hard to pretend they’re not gay anymore because of Jesus — held a lobby day on Capitol Hill on Wednesday and a press conference on the capitol steps. Let’s just say it was not a smashing success.

Image courtesy of Right Wing Watch: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/fewer-ten-people-show-ex-gay-pride-event-expected-draw-thousands

Image courtesy of Right Wing Watch: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/fewer-ten-people-show-ex-gay-pride-event-expected-draw-thousands

The signs they’re holding up demand “equal rights” for “ex-gays.” How, exactly, are their rights being violated? Are they fired from jobs for being “ex-gay”? Denied housing? Prevented from getting married?

And then there’s this: “Hip hip hooray for ex-gays! Hip hip hooray for ex-gays!” And now, I’m not making that up.

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  1. 1
    tuibguy

    Heehee. He said “Why can’t I choose who I love.”

  2. 2
    John Pieret

    “Why can’t I choose who I love.”

    Why can’t everyone else?

    I suspect, however, that the subtext is that homosexuality is a choice and, therefore, not a right (but so is religion … and around the mulberry bush we go again).

  3. 3
    dingojack

    What if they held an ‘ex-gay’ rally – and nobody came. ;)

    Nice to see the the ‘ex-gay’ movement getting all the support they deserve.

    Dingo

  4. 4
    laurentweppe

    How, exactly, are their rights being violated?

    They’re being called liars to their faces, people are telling them that they are the lackeys of corrupt, hypocritical holier than thou control freaks and that hurst their feelings.

  5. 5
    cptdoom

    Actually, Ed, I believe that’s the Supreme Court in front of which fewer than a dozen people are gathered for a press conference. Still lame, but across the street.

    I also find it quite humorous that in 1965, when you could be arrested in all but one state for the crime of being gay, never mind lose your job, be institutionalized against your will, etc., the first pro-gay picket of the White House drew 10 protesters, about the same as this. Of course, within 4 years, gays would be protesting in the thousands; one wonders where the “ex-gay” movement will be in 4 years.

  6. 6
    matty1

    While there isn’t a lot of evidence people can stop being gay if they simply chose to be celibate or try really hard to enjoy it with a woman I doubt anyone would even notice let alone bother to criticise. It’s when they start a movement to try and persuade others to copy them with the implication that all gays should do so that is the issue.

  7. 7
    Modusoperandi

    IM SICK AND TIRED OF THESE MILITANT EXHOMOSEXUALS FORCING THEIR EXHOMOSEXUALITY DOWN OUR THROATS!

  8. 8
    matty1

    How, exactly, are their rights being violated?

    Probably the same way the rights of Christians are violated when teachers aren’t allowed to lead students in prayer.

  9. 9
    dingojack

    OH MODUS! IF ONLY YOUR RECTITUDE COULD BRING THESE ‘EX-HOMOS’ TO THEIR KNEES!
    Dingo

  10. 10
    Chiroptera

    Somehow, I suspect that if real civil rights of “ex-gays” are being violated, they’re being violated by homophobes disturbed that these people “used to be” gay.

  11. 11
    Chiroptera

    Actually, it just occurred to me: I wonder if the main “right” that is being denied here is their “right” to pay large sums of money to frauds for “therapies” that are ineffective and highly damaging?

  12. 12
    paulburnett

    cptdoom wrote “Actually, Ed, I believe that’s the Supreme Court…”

    Yes, it is. That’s the very recognizable United Methodist Building in the background. They’re standing near the intersection of 1st Street and Maryland Avenue N.E., northwest of the Supreme Court building, about 900 feet from the East Steps of the US Capitol Building.

  13. 13
    Trebuchet

    Expect fake massive crowd pics on Faux News any minute now.

  14. 14
    doublereed

    I don’t even understand. What are they protesting?

  15. 15
    Modusoperandi

    doublereed “I don’t even understand. What are they protesting?”
    “We’re here! / We have feelings that we’ve been shamed in to desperately trying to suppress! / Get used to it!”

  16. 16
    exdrone

    This is why the website ex-gay-mingle.com went out of business.

  17. 17
    Modusoperandi

    exdrone “This is why the website ex-gay-mingle.com went out of business.”
    “Ex-gay male seeks ex-gay male for discrete self-loathing, denial and definitely not sex”

  18. 18
    Matt G

    I wonder how big the former ex-gay community is….

  19. 19
    jnorris

    laurentweppe

    They’re being called liars to their faces, people are telling them that they are the lackeys of corrupt, hypocritical holier than thou control freaks and that hurst their feelings.


    Bless their little hearts.

  20. 20
    Crudely Wrott

    Dingojack wrote: “OH MODUS! IF ONLY YOUR RECTITUDE COULD BRING THESE ‘EX-HOMOS’ TO THEIR KNEES!”

    Definition via Answers.com:

    rectitude n.
    1. Moral uprightness; righteousness.
    2. The quality or condition of being correct in judgment.
    3. The quality of being straight.*

    [Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin rēctitūdō, from Latin rēctus, straight.]

    *Recall how not so long ago the phrase “Damned straight” was used to express agreement with a statement or proposal. It never ceases to amuse and inform me to learn about how modern terminology arises through historic usage and gradual “meaning creep”.

  21. 21
    dingojack

    Hence the straight part of the lower alimentary tract: the rectum*.
    Dingo
    ——-
    * rectum? Hell, damn near killed ‘im!

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