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Task Force Announces Upcoming Release of Ex-Gay Expose; Denounces Latest Anti-Gay Attacks

Date: 
October 08, 1998

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF) today announced the upcoming release of the most in-depth study ever done on the political character and role of the ex-gay movement. The report, Calculated Compassion: How the Ex-Gay Movement Serves the Right's Attack on Democracy, comes on the heels of the latest assault by the ex-gay movement. Today right-wing groups announce an anti-gay television ad series seeking to "change" people under the guise of love and compassion. Calculated Compassion will be released next Thursday, October 15 at the New York Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC.

The ex-gay movement portrays itself as a haven for 'hope and healing for homosexuals,' The report documents that the ex-gay movement actually serves as a camouflage for a retooled and reinvigorated assault by the religious right on the legal protections against discrimination for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender persons. Calculated Compassion is a publication of NGLTF, Political Research Associates, and Equal Partners in Faith.

"We are not surprised by this latest assault, and we are not fooled by it. It's as dangerous and hurtful as it is aggressive and disingenuous," said NGLTF communications director Tracey Conaty. "It is about hate, and it is about hope - hope to rid our country of the democratic ideals of equality, diversity, and fairness. We are confident that our report, Calculated Compassion, four years in the making, will reveal for once and for all the disturbing truth about the ex-gay movement." added Conaty.

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The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.