PTA Says PFOX Families Not Welcome at PTA Convention

Jun 08, 2010, 07:00 ET from Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX)

MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Charles ('Chuck') Saylors, hailed as the first male president of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA), has rejected a pro-family organization's request to exhibit at the national PTA convention.  Although the PTA allows gay rights groups to exhibit, Saylors rejected the exhibit application of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX).  

PFOX is a family organization that educates the public on the message of hope and support for students, families and educators affected by homosexuality, gender confusion, and school bullying.  

"PFOX phoned and emailed the PTA for eight months while seeking a response to our request for an exhibit booth at the annual PTA convention," said Regina Griggs, executive director of PFOX.  

"But Saylors chose not to speak with PFOX.  Instead, he sent an email accusing us of not meeting the PTA's 'Diversity and Inclusion Policy.'" (See Saylor's email at

"Why is it that gay rights groups like PFLAG meet the PTA Diversity and Inclusion Policy, but our families do not?  'Diversity' and 'inclusion' should mean exactly that – diversity and inclusion of everyone," said Griggs.  (See PFOX email to PTA at

"As a former homosexual and parent of small children, the message the PTA is sending is that families like mine are not welcome -- the PTA diversity policy is not worth the paper it's written on," said Christopher Doyle, a PFOX director.

"Now the PTA is pressuring its state PTA chapters nationwide to adopt its biased national diversity policy, which includes 'sexual orientation,' even though that term is selectively used by PTA to discriminate against people of faith and ex-gay families," said Griggs.

"The PTA has become a left-wing advocacy group instead of serving the needs of all children," said Griggs.

Please contact Chuck Saylors at or and ask why PFOX families are not welcome at the June 10 PTA conference in Memphis.

Also contact your state PTA and ask them to not adopt the national PTA's diversity policy because it does not include all families.  Or ask them to rescind 'sexual orientation' in their policies until the national PTA stops using it against families like ours.

Otherwise, consider joining the PTO, Parent Teacher Organization.

Contact:  Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays, PFOX

804-453-4737 --

SOURCE Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX)