'Ex-Gay' Movement Critic Wayne Besen Speaks in D.C. Area Sunday

Mar 20, 2007, 01:00 ET from Falls Church News-Press

    FALLS CHURCH, Va., March 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fresh from a TV
 appearance on the popular Daily Show with John Stewart, author, columnist
 and activist Wayne Besen comes to the Washington, D.C., area this Sunday to
 speak on the subject of his important book, "Anything But Straight:
 Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Movement." The free
 event, sponsored by the Falls Church News-Press, will be held Sunday, March
 25, at 3:30 p.m. in the Falls Church Community Center, 223 N. Little Falls,
 Falls Church, VA.
     Besen will also discuss the non-profit organization he heads, "Truth
 Wins Out," that "counters disinformation campaigns, debunks the ex-gay
 myth, and provides accurate information about the lives of gay and lesbian
     Besen is one of the nation's foremost experts on the false and damaging
 claims and efforts of the religious right's "ex-gay" ministries. He has
 documented how they destroy lives and family unity by creating false
 expectations lead to anger, depression and hostility when they cannot be
 realized. He has spoken to over 100 universities, churches, business groups
 and community organizations on the topic.
     A graduate of the University of Florida, he worked for the Human Rights
 Campaign and the Edelman Public Relations agency before launching his own
 non- profit and writing efforts. His weekly column, "Anything But
 Straight," appears weekly in the Falls Church News-Press.
     Following Sunday's forum, he will appear as a special guest in Falls
 Church at a fundraiser to support the Falls Church School System's
 "Diversity Affirmation Education Fund," supported entirely by private
 contributions to bring anti-bullying and pro-diversity programs to the
 City's public schools.
     For more information, contact the Falls Church News-Press, Attn.:
 Nicholas Benton, at nfbenton@fcnp.com or at (703) 532-3267.

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