Honoring Ex-Gay Movement Leader a Mistake: Fenty

Mayor Fenty apologizes to gay community

By Sharon Donnell
|  Thursday, Apr 29, 2010  |  Updated 5:21 PM EDT
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Honoring Ex-Gay Movement Leader a Mistake: Fenty

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D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty apologized today for issuing a certificate of appreciation honoring the leader of the “ex-gay” movement, Regina Griggs, the Washington Post blog D.C. Wire reported.

On Wednesday, local and national gay rights leaders demanded to know why Fenty issued the certificate to Griggs, the executive director of Parents and Friends of ExGays and Gays, a group that believes homosexual people can be “rehabilitated” A copy of the certificate shows that Fenty signed his name to a statement thanking Griggs for her “dedication, commitment and outstanding contributions” to the ex-gay movement, according to the Post.

"We apologize for the error as it runs contrary to the mayor's vision of a more open and inclusive city," Fenty spokeswoman Mafara Hobson told the Post. "The mayor is proud of his ardent support of the LGBT community."
 
Hobson attributed the initial award to “a staff level error.”

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