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Gay Star News: Virginia 'ex-gay' group erects billboard claiming 'nobody is born gay' Print


Created:  Thursday, December 11, 2014


Thousands of cars will drive past a billboard on a busy interstate highway in Virginia that claims, 'Nobody is born gay.'

The sign was erected on I-95 in Richmond by the 'ex-gay' group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX).

'Identical twins,' it reads. 'One is gay, one is not. Nobody is born gay.'

PFOX was referring to a 2000 study of twins that found 80% of gay men had a straight twin, which the group said proved there was no gay gene. However, the main author of the study disagrees with this interpretation of his research.

Local LGBTI groups said the billboard made no sense and called for it to be taken down.

'We do not know why people are heterosexual,' Bill Harrison of the Richmond Gay Community told WWTV.

'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.'

PFOX said attacks on the billboard and the group had 'nothing to do with the facts.'

'Thousands of individuals have made the decision to leave the homosexual life and will attest to the fact that change is possible,' said executive director Regina Griggs said in a statement.

'Identical twins have the same genes or DNA. They are nurtured in equal prenatal conditions. If homosexuality is caused by genetics or prenatal conditions and one twin is gay, the co-twin should also be gay.'

'Because identical twins are always genetically identical, homosexuality cannot be genetically dictated. No one is born gay.'

In January, Virginia General Assembly delegate Patrick Hope introduced a bill banning 'reparative therapy' for minors.

'Conversion therapy is based on the false assumption that homosexuality is a mental disorder or a sin. Well, it is not. There is no on/off switch to sexual orientation,' he said at the time.