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D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty Honors 'Ex-Gay' Leader, Apologizes

Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is apologizing after his office awarded a "Certificate of Appreciation" to Regina Griggs, Executive Director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).

GriggsMetroWeekly reported yesterday: "PFOX's April 28 press release praises Fenty for the honor, and quotes PFOX president Greg Quinlan. 'Regina has served as executive director without pay. Instead, she prefers that donations be used to develop resources for families and teens, to promote unconditional love for all regardless of sexual orientation, and to seek equal access and protection for the ex-gay community,' Quinlan says. A statement from the mayor's office regarding the appreciation is pending."

The Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance of Washington D.C. immediately demanded answers.

Today, the WaPo reports: "D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty apologized Thursday over his decision to issue a certificate of appreciation honoring the leader of the ex-gay movement, which believes homosexuals can be rehabilitated...afara Hobson, a Fenty spokeswoman, called Griggs’ award a 'staff-level error.' 'We apologize for the error as it runs contrary to the mayor’s vision of a more open and inclusive city,' Hobson said. 'The mayor is proud of his ardent support of the LGBT community.'"

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  1. What protection does the ex-gay "community" need?

    Posted by: JImmy | Apr 29, 2010 10:16:12 AM

  2. Oops.

    Posted by: tjc | Apr 29, 2010 11:15:39 AM

  3. I met Fenty the night before the National Equality March at Halo. He and his wife made it very clear that he they were on our side.

    I bet someone is in big trouble at HQ.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Apr 29, 2010 12:37:32 PM

  4. Fenty is part of the solution, not part of the problem.

    These certificates get passed out to just about anyone who calls in and begs for them. Mayors rarely if ever know about them. I give Fenty the benefit of the doubt here.

    Posted by: JusticeontheRocks | Apr 29, 2010 1:25:26 PM

  5. MIMSY! (I hope this posts three x's)

    Posted by: TANK | Apr 29, 2010 1:28:18 PM

  6. JusticeontheRocks, that's so true.At my old church back in Baltimore, we had a city council woman in the congregation. She used to hand one of these out every time somebody died.

    Posted by: Ealan | Apr 29, 2010 6:54:17 PM

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