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Anti-Gay Conference At Georgetown Out Of Harmony With U.S. Mainstream

Date: 
June 19, 1997

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force said today that plans to hold a conference on Homosexuality and American Life were misguided, misleading and out of step with prevailing American social and political thinking.

The conference, sponsored by the American Public Philosophy Institute, will be held June 19-21, 1997 on the campus of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Topics of the three-day session include "Therapeutic and Pastoral Responses to Homosexuality," "The Morality of Homosexual Acts," and "The Campaign to Legitimize Homosexuality." Robert Knight of the Family Research Council, Anthony Falzarano, from Transformation Ex-Gay Ministries and Joseph Nicolosi, executive director of the National Association for the Research and Treatment of Homosexuality are featured speakers.

"This group is using the facilities of one of the nation's leading universities to recycle old and unsubstantiated notions based on fear and ignorance," observed Kerry Lobel, Task Force executive Director. "It's very obvious that thereÕs an agenda here that does not include unbiased and open discussion about these issues,Ó she commented. "The viewpoint that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people need to be changed in order to save society is miles away from where this nation is moving," said Lobel. "New Hampshire and Maine have just recently passed comprehensive civil rights laws that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, joining nine others states that already had such laws," she added. "Now, one out of four Americans lives where discrimination based on sexual orientation is outlawed."

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