Haworth Press set today as the release date for Wayne Besen’s book on the ex-gay movement, “Anything But Straight.”

The unveiling will be accompanied by a 55-city book tour. An extended excerpt from the book is available here.

The book-release announcement follows. It lists 51 of the 55 cities and says they are “tentative.”

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2003

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Anything But Straight, by Wayne Besen, Disproves the Controversial and Politically Charged Notion That Gay People Can Go Straight Through Prayer and Therapy

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Haworth Press announced today that on October 1 the much-anticipated book ANYTHING BUT STRAIGHT: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth, will be unveiled nationally. Wayne Besen, the book’s author and a former Human Rights Campaign spokesperson, says the highly controversial and politically explosive book shatters the notion that gay people can change into heterosexuals through prayer and therapy.

“Anything But Straight is the one book that the right wing doesn’t want America to read because it exposes their lies, hypocrisy and willingness to destroy innocent lives in pursuit of their anti-gay political agenda,” said Besen. “What the right wing particularly hates about this book is that it will hurt their ability to use so-called ex-gays as props to raise money and deny gay people equal rights.”

On October 11, National Coming Out Day, Besen will kick-off a 55-city 28-state tour in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., his hometown. Besen will take his important message to America’s heartland and Canada at a time when right wing leaders are attempting to exploit the “ex-gay” myth in their efforts to thwart same-sex marriage. Please visit www.AnythingButStraight.com for further information about stops on Besen’s book tour.

“We made this an extensive book tour because we wanted to ensure the truth is told in every region of the country. We hope this book tour opens minds, changes hearts and saves lives,” said Besen.

Leaders in the GLBT community are already looking forward to the important message offered in Anything But Straight.

“Anything But Straight is a powerful, riveting, and well written look at the ex-gay ministries and blows the lid of these false prophets,” said David Mixner, author of Stranger Among Friends and co-editor of Brave Journeys: Profiles in Gay and Lesbian Courage.

“Wayne Besen splays open the underbelly of the ex-gay ministries and sheds light on one of the most insidious movements of the radical right,” said gay activist Donna Red Wing. “America needs to pay attention to what Besen has exposed in this astonishing revelation.”

“This is a must-read book for people on all sides of the debate,” said Soulforce founder and author Mel White, who wrote the Forward for Anything But Straight. “Besen does a masterful job of making both gays and ex-gays alike contemplate ways to re-examine all our assumptions, re-state all our conclusions, and in the process extricate ourselves and our issues from the hijackers who are using gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people to frighten and divide the nation and control the churches.”

The book tour is tentatively scheduled to visit the following cities: Albuquerque, Ann Arbor, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Boulder, Buffalo, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbia (S.C.), Columbus, Dallas, Denver, Des Moines, Detroit, Ferndale (Mich.), Flagstaff, Fort Lauderdale, Gainesville (Fla.), Houston, Key West, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Madison, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland (Ore.), Providence (R.I.), Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Seattle, St. Louis, Syracuse, Tampa, Vancouver (B.C.)Washington, D.C.

Besen is a nationally recognized advocate for gay and lesbian rights. He is a frequent guest on leading news and political talk shows including: the NBC Nightly News, The Roseanne Show, CNN’s Talk Back Live and The Point, Fox’s O’Reilly Factor and Hannity and Colmes, Fox News and MSNBC News. He has also been quoted in a number of national publications such as The Washington Post, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, The San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone and the Advocate magazine.

Besen made international news when he photographed “ex-gay” poster boy John Paulk cruising a gay bar in Washington, D.C. In August, Besen again made headlines when he uncovered HIV positive ex-gay leader Michael Johnston’s not so ex-gay life. Besen traveled to Norfolk, Va. and found that Johnston was allegedly having unsafe sex with several men, even as he was a spokesperson for Rev. Jerry Falwell and other major right wing groups.

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