Well, isn't this just special?
In a precedent setting case, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia has ruled that former homosexuals are a protected class that must be recognized under sexual orientation non-discrimination laws. The Court held that, under the D.C. Human Rights Act, sexual orientation does not require immutable characteristics.
"All sexual orientation laws and programs nationwide should now provide true diversity and equality by including former homosexuals," said Greg Quinlan, a director of PFOX. "I have experienced more personal assaults as a former homosexual than I ever did as a gay man."
An interesting turn of events, but not an altogether bad one. The point of a civil rights movement is to increase equality and rights for all, right? But this "civil rights victory" is actually just another cloak and dagger move by PFOX to gain notoriety.
"The NEA must also stop its bias against the NEA Ex-Gay Educators Caucus by appointing an ex-gay caucus member to the NEA Sexual Orientation Committee. This committee is staffed with members of the NEA's gay and transgender caucus, although the ex-gay caucus has asked for inclusion."
The NEA successfully argued before the Court that it was not guilty of sexual orientation discrimination because its gay caucus would have protested the presence of PFOX's ex-gay exhibit at the NEA's annual conference. "Gay activists demand equality while denying it to others," said Griggs.
The suit wasn't about protecting ex-gays; it was about protecting PFOX's right to peddle ex-gay myths to the National Education Association. Shame on me for erring on the side of altruism!
I'm okay with giving ex-gay people freedom from discrimination and prejudice. I would be a hypocrite if I said otherwise; despite the fact that I don't agree with their story, and despite the feeling that these ex-gay people are simply lying to get back into the closet, they do have a right to exist free of prejudice and discrimination. Something still bothers me, though: with all the hubbub about ex-gay rights, or ex-gay attacks, or ex-gay discrimination, I have yet to meet one of these nigh-mythical creatures in my daily life.
The argument reeks of a "straw man;" we must take it on faith that these ex-gay people do exist, and that their therapies are successful. Therefore, we must allow people to offer a therapy that has been reported as damaging by the American Psychological Association, and furthermore must allow an organization diametrically opposed to the civil rights and dignity of LGBT people to parade these potentially deadly therapies as valid options to a person "suffering" from same sex attraction or, even more unspeakable, "gender confusion."
Sorry, PFOX. Your civil rights push gets a "close, but no cigar" from me.