Press release from Wayne Besen about last week’s Law & Order: SVU episode:
AUTHOR ON EX-GAY MYTH COMMENDS NBC’S LAW AND ORDER FOR HIGHLIGHTING SCIENTIFIC VOODOO BEHIND EX-GAY PROGRAMS
Focus on the Family’s Own Failed Ex-Gay Leader Proves That Law and Order Was Right, Says Anything But Straight Author, Wayne Besen
WASHINGTON – Wayne Besen, author of the controversial new book ANYTHING BUT STRAIGHT: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth, today commended the NBC show Law and Order: SVU for presenting an accurate portrayal of the harmful, failed programs that unsuccessfully try to turn gay people straight through prayer and expensive therapy.
In the show, an ex-gay “poster boy” is murdered because he is about to expose the movement’s failures. The story ends by revealing that the killer is another ex-gay leader. Right-wing group Focus on the Family issued a harsh statement condemning the show, calling it “misinformed drivel” and accusing the show of having an “activist agenda.”
“I urge Focus on the Family to lighten up and realize the show was simply fiction – just like their ex-gay programs,” said Anything But Straight author, Wayne Besen. “Law and Order and NBC should be commended for showing the truth about the complete and total failure of attempts to change a person’s sexual orientation. Focus on the Family hardly has the credibility to protest the show when its own ex-gay leader, John Paulk, was once found imbibing in a gay saloon.”
Besen, a former Human Rights Campaign spokesperson, says his politically explosive new book shatters the false notion that gay people can change into heterosexuals through prayer and therapy.
Besen is currently on a 55-city-28 state tour in his effort to 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.
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Friday, Nov. 14, 2003
Contact: Wayne Besen