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Wayne Besen

Exodus Is Gone, But the 'Ex-Gay' Message Stubbornly Persists

Wayne Besen | Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

Although this was a monumental victory, the fight is not over. Just as the election of Barack Obama did not eradicate racism, the death of Exodus is not the death of homophobia.

Election 2012: A Silver Cloud With A Gold Lining As History Is Made

Wayne Besen | Posted 01.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

In a sweeping election victory, barriers were broken, glass ceilings shattered and dreams realized, and the upstream struggle for LGBT equality suddenly felt like a fantastic flume ride at the amusement park. Against all odds, we won four referenda on marriage equality.

Will Chick-fil-A Dig In Or Dig Out Of The Hole?

Wayne Besen | Posted 11.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Wayne Besen

This company is simply not going to be able to control its image as long as it remains a rallying cry of hate groups and homophobes. I suppose that Chick-fil-A could defiantly stand firm and remain the right's anti-gay Alamo, but I'm sure they are well aware of that fort's fate.

WATCH: Former Navy Chaplain Claims He Can 'Exorcise' The Gay Out Of People

Posted 07.05.2012 | Gay Voices

A number of religious authorities have argued the possibilities of "praying away the gay," but now, a former Navy chaplain has come forward with claim...

KONY 2012 Effort a Ministry in Antigay Evangelical Barnabas Group, Reports LGBT Rights Nonprofit

Bruce Wilson | Posted 06.10.2012 | Politics
Bruce Wilson

Mounting suspicions about the evangelical nature of the Invisible Children nonprofit, which released the blockbuster KONY 2012 viral video hit in early March, have now been confirmed.

Daniel Avila: The Catholic Culture Warrior Who Went Too Far

Wayne Besen | Posted 01.08.2012 | Politics
Wayne Besen

Unfortunately, for the church, one of its lead cultural warriors took it a bit too far when he ventured from co-belligerence to flat out belligerence.

Herman Cain's Implausible Spin

Wayne Besen | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

Let me put it in simplistic branding language that Cain might comprehend: Don't bill yourself as a pepperoni pizza if you are actually a submarine sandwich.

Mainstream Christians Must Stand Up To The Religious Right

Wayne Besen | Posted 11.22.2011 | Religion
Wayne Besen

What truly bothers me, however, was the lack of mainstream Christians standing up and speaking out against such fanatical behavior.

Leading GOP Candidates Run Away From the Gay

Wayne Besen | Posted 10.24.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

Attacking LGBT people is not yet a third rail of politics. But it is clear that it is no longer the Holy Grail for electing Republicans that it once was in the not too distant past.

Mitch Daniels and the Family Values Trap

Wayne Besen | Posted 07.23.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

It is tragic that an intelligent, qualified politician felt he had to choose between his family and his desire to be president. However, Mitch Daniels has no one to blame but his own party, which has become a bastion of intolerant "family values" scolds.

Dumbstruck That Michele Bachmann Is Star-Struck Over Glee

Wayne Besen | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

Maybe Bachmann is confused and thinks there are different kinds of gays -- the bad ones who sodomize and the goody-goody Glee type that harmonize.

Why I Support J. Crew's Controversial Pink Toenail Ad

Wayne Besen | Posted 06.13.2011 | Style
Wayne Besen

Anti-gay activists are exploiting J. Crew's ad to portray gay people as confused heterosexuals who are different because their parents let them play with the wrong toys as children. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Apple Should Dump 'Ex-Gay' iPhone App

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Wayne Besen

Apple doesn't allow racist or anti-Semitic apps in its app store, yet it gives the green light to an app written by an anti-gay extremist group that condones violence against LGBT people.

Forbidden Sex and Chicken Sandwiches

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Wayne Besen

It was mid-afternoon and I was driving into Stillwater to speak at Oklahoma State University. Hungry, I saw a gleaming red Chick-fil-A restaurant in t...

Offensive Catholic iPhone App Controversy Continues

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Wayne Besen

Last week, Truth Wins Out caused an international uproar by criticizing a new Catholic iPhone confession app that asks users, "Have I been guilty of a...

Obama's Gay State of the Union

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

Obama's relationship with the LGBT community has been much like a marriage saved by the husband delivering bouquets of red roses moments before the divorce papers arrive.

Anti-Gay Hate Groups Waiting In The Wings

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Wayne Besen

The Southern Poverty Law Center report is a sober reminder that we must remain vigilant in combating extremism. There are well-organized and wealthy hate machines waiting in the wings, poised to cause tremendous harm to LGBT people.

Dangerous New Anti-Gay Sham Study Debunked

Wayne Besen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wayne Besen

This study is betrayed by common sense and reality. If being around gay parents makes a child gay, then how does Walter Schumm explain the inconvenient fact that the vast majority of LGBT adults had heterosexual parents?

To Win, Democrats Must Define, Defend, and Dumb Down

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

In the absence of a brand, Democrats have had to disproportionately rely on prodigy politicians, such as Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, as well as scaring voters into believing that Republicans are too radical to govern.

Voting on Equal Rights is a National Disgrace

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

With a record of 0-31 in marriage initiatives, now may be a good opportunity to review our complicity in a process that doles out or strips away basic rights by majority vote.

Obama's Big Gay Speech

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

Let it be known that the GLBT community is no longer interested in being pals with the powerful or having the famous tell us we are fabulous -- unless it leads to action.

The Gay Community's Pope Problem

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

It is time to admit that the gay community has a gigantic Pope problem. Under the leadership of Benedict XVI, the Vatican has become an implacable foe of basic rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

Pope Condom Quote Undermines Credibility

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

"You can't resolve HIV with the distribution of condoms," the Pope told reporters aboard the Alitalia plane headed to Yaounde, Cameroon. "On the contrary, it increases the problem."

Word Thief To Lead Focus on the Family's DC Lobby Shop

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Wayne Besen

Tim Goeglein is a perfect hire as lead Washington lobbyist for Focus on the Family. He resigned from the Bush White House, after it was discovered that he had plagiarized 19 of 38 columns.

Winds of Change

Wayne Besen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Besen

The rules of the Mormon, Catholic and Evangelical churches are now enshrined into civil law. I think people are finally awakened to this existential threat and willing to fight back.