Fenty apologizes for PFOX award
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.
Fenty’s statement comes one day after local and national gay-rights leaders demanded to know why Fenty honored Regina Griggs, executive director of the Parents and Friends of ExGays and Gays.
Mafara 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.”
On Wednesday, PFOX sent out a press release heralding the fact that the District and its mayor had honored one of its leaders. According to a copy of the certificate, Fenty (D) signed his name to a statement thanking Griggs for her “dedication, commitment and outstanding contributions” to the ex-gay movement.
Gay rights leaders, who believe PFOX is a discriminatory organization, were outraged.
-- Tim Craig
Washington Post editors
| April 29, 2010; 9:34 AM ET
Categories: DC, Maryland, Virginia | Tags: Ex-gay, Gay community, Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays
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