An organization supporting those who have left the homosexual lifestyle has put up a new billboard it hopes will highlight the group’s belief that homosexual activists, contrary to their rhetoric, are not tolerant of those who have become heterosexual.

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays, or PFOX, has placed the billboard on Interstate 64 near the turnoff for I-95 in the Richmond, Va., area, the group said in a statement. The sign features a photo of a man who left homosexuality and says: “Ex-Gays Prove that Change Is Possible. Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays Seeking Tolerance for All.”

“Homosexual activists seek total acceptance and tolerance for their decisions, but they openly discriminate against ex-gays’ decisions to leave homosexuality,” said Regina Griggs, executive director of PFOX.

“All major mental health organizations have proclaimed the right to self-determination. This includes seeking counseling to overcome unwanted same-sex attractions,” Griggs said. “Furthermore, there is no credible evidence that anybody is ‘born gay’ and left without a choice.”

The group’s statement notes that the American Psychiatric Association states: “There are no replicated scientific studies supporting any specific biological etiology for homosexuality”( May 2000).

“Responsible families and parents seek respect and unconditional love for all of our children – homosexuals and former homosexuals,” Griggs said. “Ex-gays prove that change is possible and offer hope and answers for those who do not want to live homosexually. It is time that ex-gays got respect, honesty and equality.

“We put up this billboard so that people will know the truth – that you don’t have to be homosexual if you don’t want to be. We’re hoping this ad will bring about public awareness, respect and tolerance.”

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