PFOX Issues Statement on Lawsuit Lost by Anti-Ex-Gay Extremist

May 07, 2012, 07:03 ET from Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX)

Wayne Besen Admits to Self-Aggrandizement

WASHINGTON, May 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by homosexual activist Wayne Besen against Greg Quinlan and Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX). Besen claimed that Quinlan, a former homosexual, had defamed him when Quinlan said that Besen had been fired from the Human Rights Campaign and had uttered hateful rhetoric against Quinlan because he disagreed with Quinlan's ex-gay sexual orientation.

Ironically, in his court filings, Besen admitted that while he may be known among some gay rights activists circles, "most individuals on the street in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area if asked if they had ever heard of [Besen] would respond with a resounding 'No.'" Besen likened his public persona to "notoriety in small circles," admitted to his "own promotional self-aggrandizement," indicated that the books he has written were of "likely limited circulation," and that he "might like to view [himself] as more well known than is actually the case."

Besen filed his lawsuit against Quinlan even though state law grants Quinlan and other individuals immunity from civil lawsuit damages when they act without pay as an officer or director of a tax-exempt organization like PFOX. No one at PFOX is paid a salary.

Attorney Matt Barber, a PFOX board member, said "Filing frivolous lawsuits and abusing our judicial system seems to be a new tactic of radical homosexual activist pressure groups like Besen's. They are desperate to silence the message of hope that there is freedom from unwanted same-sex attractions. It won't work and, in the end, they only humiliate themselves and hurt what is already a lost cause. The science continues to mount against the false notion that people are 'born gay.'"

Read PFOX's earlier press release on the lawsuit at

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays is the nation's leading advocacy organization for the ex-gay community, their families, and individuals with unwanted same-sex attractions.

Contact: Regina Griggs, PFOX

SOURCE Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX)