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Hardball's Chris Matthews on the Death of the 'Ex-Gay' Movement: VIDEO


On Friday's Hardball, Chris Matthews welcomed Truth Wins Out's Wayne Besen and psychotherapist Dr. Laura Berman to discuss this week's news that Alan Chambers was shutting down the leading "ex-gay" organization Exodus International.

Besen and Berman discuss what a harmful sham these organizations are.

Asks Matthews: "The country I grew up in is very different than the one I live in now. The words like 'queer' thrown around 20-30 years ago - today somebody who's gay might say it sometimes for sort of campy reasons. Today, I think it's gone beyond tolerance to acceptance, not quite the celebration yet but certainly full understanding and acceptance in a positive way. What do you think the difference is for the young person today who at the age of 12 or 13 says, 'you know what, I think I'm that way.' How's it different? I want some hope here. I hope there is some."


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CNN's Carol Costello and Wayne Besen Rip FRC's Peter Sprigg for His Anti-Gay Hate: VIDEO


CNN anchor Carol Costello, last seen on Towleroad hanging up on AFA hate group leader Bryan Fischer, sides with Truth Wins Out's Wayne Besen after he suggests it's odd that Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg is denouncing intolerance in the wake of the Giglio dismissal, considering Sprigg has called for the imprisonment and deportation of gays from the United States.

Interjects Costello, popping on to the screen: "Wait a minute. Wayne is right about that Peter."


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Wayne Besen: A Gunman's 'Associate'? A 'Murderous Homosexual'?

Wayne_besen-766081Getting Wayne Besen off The O'Reilly Factor has, in the past 48 hours, become an obsession on the anti-gay right. Andrew Belonsky wrote about its first stirrings on Thursday, when several ex-gay groups jointly published a press release directed at FOX News, the nastiest paragraph of which might have been:

We ask the News Corporation, Fox News, and Bill O'Reilly to find more ethical spokespersons for the liberal view of sexuality. In their infamous Washington Post ad accusing FRC of hateful values, Besen and the SPLC claim that "words have consequences."  Yes, they do. And Besen's may lead to violence.

Wayne Besen is the founder of Truth Wins Out, and he occasionally appears on television to say nice things about the Southern Poverty Law Center -- the same Southern Poverty Law Center that's labeled the Family Research Center a "hate group" (partially because the FRC has stumped for legislation legalizing the execution of "repeat homosexual offenders" in Uganda), and who, therefore, are supposedly responsible for last week's non-fatal shooting of an FRC security guard by a crazyperson.

Now, the anti-Besenites have become totally unglued. They've penned a petition, bound for FOX News and signed by such headlining homophobes as Scott Lively, Matt Barber, Matt Staver, and Peter LaBarbera, in which they accuse Besen of being an "associate" of the FRC gunman. They ask readers to sign the petition, and finish off with this PS:

P.S. Thank you for standing with us against anti-Christian violence by murderous homosexuals.  Please forward this free petition widely to your friends!

Even Peter LaBarbera -- even Bryan Fischer -- has never before gone quite so far as to call a famous, non-violent gay activist "murderous." This is usually Fred Phelps's territory.

Wayne Besen responds here.

Wayne Besen Responds To Right's Bill O'Reilly Protest: 'It Is Rich'

BesenWayneWayne Besen's response to the right's crusade against Fox News and Bill O'Reilly for booking the LGBT activist is worth a read or two.

In it, Besen skillfully and calmly picks apart the argument that Besen's "demonizing" the conservative movement and that he's inciting violence.

"It was quite revealing that these activists would falsely accuse me of “demonizing conservative organizations and individuals” while asking their supporters to write to them at the e-mail address: WackyWayne666@hotmail.com," Besen writes, reminding readers that 666 is, to some, a sign of the beast. The implication is that Besen, or at least his inbox, is associated with Satan.

He goes on: "The [conservative group's] press release ends with the signers saying: 'words have consequences. Yes, they do. And Besen’s may lead to violence.' There appears to be a serious disconnect when these activists make such unverifiable claims but are unable to comprehend that equating LGBT advocates with the devil might place them and their families at an elevated risk."

Besen also says "it is rich to see these alleged defenders of liberty and freedom begging FOX to censor a point of view in which they find objectionable" and thanks Bill O'Reilly for his support. Even though the men don't always agree, Besen says their discussions are always rational and respectful.

I’d like to thank Bill O’Reilly and his producers for ignoring these fringe elements. Bill has invited me on periodically as a guest for more than a decade. While Bill and I have rarely agreed on the air, our exchanges have consistently been reasonable, rational, and respectful. Perhaps, this is why I have been invited back time and again.

I applaud Bill and his staff for thinking for themselves and not being intimidated by activists who are well known for an ignoble history of indecency and intolerance. A motley crew that has sullied the nation’s discourse and lowered the tenor of the debate in America.

Incredible. Read the rest at Truth Wins Out.

Hypocritical Conservatives Call On Fox, Bill O'Reilly To Stop Booking Pro-Equality Activist Wayne Besen


Conservatives balked that GLAAD and other LGBT activists were trying to suppress religious free speech by urging CNN, MSNBC and other news outlets to stop booking homophobic commentators like Family Research Council's Tony Perkins and American Family Association's Bryan Fischer on their respective shows.

Well, fast-forward a few months and now the right is doing the same precise thing by calling on Fox News to stop booking pro-equality guests like Wayne Besen from Truth Wins Out, an organization dedicated to combating conservative lies that denigrate gay people.

Read part of the press release signed by representatives from hateful groups like Liberty Counsel, the "ex-gay" group JONAH and Americans for "Truth" About Homosexuality AFTER THE JUMP.

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Truth Wins Out: Tony Perkins 'Cannot Be Allowed To Exploit' FRC Shooting

FRCShootingFBITruth Wins Out this evening joined the Southern Poverty Law Center in condemning Family Research Council president Tony Perkins suggesting the SPLC which deems FRC a "hate group", deserves blame for suspect Floyd Corkins shooting a security guard at FRC's headquarters yesterday.

Rejecting Perkins' suggestion that his LGBT opponents bear some responsibility, TWO executive director Wayne Besen said in a statement that "the LGBT community knows all too well the devastating consequences of violence."

"Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people are harassed, threatened, intimidated, beaten, and killed on a daily basis in violent acts of hatred all over the world, simply because of who they are and who they love," he said. "That is why -- yesterday, today, and every day -- we stand squarely against violence in all its forms, because violence is never a way to resolve political differences or settle disputes."

"[Perkins] expressed appreciation for the LGBT community's swift repudiation of violence but asked us to go further and disavow FRC's hate-group designation. Truth Wins Out cannot do that," the equality activist insisted.

[FRC] says that gays are deviants and pedophiles, strongly promotes fraudulent 'pray-away-the-gay' therapy, calls for the imprisonment of gay people, and says that homosexuality is destructive to society. Perkins cannot be allowed to exploit the sympathy rightfully generated by this inexcusable crime to whitewash his group's ongoing anti-gay activities. If the FRC wants to stop being labeled a hate group, it must stop doing and saying hateful things.

TWO Director of Communications John Becker also rejected Perkins' perspective, saying that insisted that "yesterday's senseless act of violence does not exonerate the Family Research Council and other anti-gay hate groups from the decades they've spent slandering, demonizing, and actively lying about the LGBT community."

He went on, "The Southern Poverty Law Center - a venerable civil rights organization that monitors and documents extremism across the country - rightfully labeled the Family Research Council an anti-gay hate group because of its extensive history of spreading malicious, hateful falsehoods about gay people. FRC is not a hate group because of its public policy views, as Mr. Perkins has alleged. It is a hate group because it earned that designation."


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