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Hundreds Gather To Protest Virginia 'Ex-Gay' Billboard - VIDEO

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Hundreds of people gathered at the Gay Community Center of Richmond yesterday to show their support for the city’s LGBT community after a billboard supporting “ex-gay” therapy was erected in the Virginia city by anti-gay activist group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX), reports GAYRVA.com.

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Attending Sunday’s demonstration of support, Richmond resident and mother of two Terra Courtland said it was important for gay families to “show we’re just like everybody else, just trying to raise our kids and live here.”

Another resident, Jason Coast, who identified himself as a straight ally, said “if some of us are being discriminated against, then we all are.”

Following the erection of the billboard, which is set run through the holiday season, Virginia Del Patrick Hope released information about a bill he plans to bring before the 2015 General Assembly to combat ex-gay therapy on minors. The damaging practice has already been banned in New Jersey, California and Washington, D.C.

“Out and proud” gay model Kyle Roux has spoken of his shock at being used for the billboard.

Watch a report on the PFOX billboard, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Ex-Gay' Organization Erects Billboard In Virginia Claiming 'Nobody Is Born Gay' - VIDEO

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A Virginia-based “ex-gay” activist group has erected a billboard in Richmond along a major state highway with the words “Nobody is born gay”, reports Huffington Post.

The group behind the billboard Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) has publicly supported the notion of “conversion therapy” or “reparative therapy” in the past, despite the fact that the harmful practice has been condemned by the American Psychological Association and banned in two states and Washington, D.C.

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Bizarrely, PFOX says that the billboard aims to “increase others’ understanding and acceptance of the ex-gay community.”

The billboard refers to two studies that purportedly deny the existence of a “gay gene”. This interpretation of the study has been refuted by its main researcher.

In response to the billboard, Bill Harrison of the Richmond Gay Community said:

"We do not know why people are heterosexual. Maybe when we figure that out, we can determine why some people are not. What we do know is that this type of therapy has caused many people to commit suicide."

A representative for Lamar Advertising, the group that owns the billboard said:

“It is in the best interest of our company and the communities we serve to accept advertising copy openly. We do not accept or reject copy based upon agreement or disagreement with the views presented.”

The billboard is set to run through January 4th.

Watch a report, AFTER THE JUMP...

In 2012, a school district in Maryland defended the distribution of flyers from PFOX to high school students.

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Richmond, Virginia LGBT Group Resurrects 1987 Billboard: 'Someone You Know is Gay... Maybe Someone You Love'

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Gay RVA reports on a new, yet not so new billboard campaign sponsored by the Gay Community Center of Richmond. It's a recreation of a 1987 campaign, down to the Cooper Black-style font.

Gay Richmond writes: "Each day tens of thousands of travelers traveling south on Interstate 95 and east on Interstate 64 will see this message of inclusion as they pass the Gay Community Center of Richmond. Perhaps some will learn. Perhaps some will come out. Just as in 1987, Richmond will be reminded that LGBT people are woven into the fabric of the city."


Pride Flag Drama: Some Upset at Richmond Bank's 'Commitment to Values of Acceptance and Inclusion''

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Richmond's Federal Reserve Bank is flying the Pride Flag for the month of June at the request of PRISM, an LGBT employee group, but some wingnuts are already complaining, though the Richmond bank is a private institution.

Said Sally Green said, chief operating officer at the bank: "We strongly support a diverse and inclusive culture at the Richmond Fed and have learned that it is important to value and embrace differences, both seen and unseen. We are flying the ‘Pride’ flag as an example of our commitment to the values of acceptance and inclusion."

Watch WRIC's report on complaints the flag has generated, AFTER THE JUMP...

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