Once again, the bigotry of the religious right has blown up in their face. The South African man who’s the star of an anti-gay billboard in Richmond, Virginia, has come out as being gay himself and said that he doesn’t agree with the message.
The roadside ad was sponsored by a conservative anti-gay hate group called the Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX). The ad features two identical twins, with the words “Identical twins: One gay, one not. We believe twin research studies show NOBODY IS BORN GAY.”
According to Richmond’s NBC affiliate, however, the model used for the picture disagrees. Kyle Roux spoke up after friends, family, and associates brought his attention to the billboard.
Roux doesn’t just disagree with the billboard; he’s not a twin, and he’s an “out and proud gay man.”
Writing to Channel 12, he said that “I was obviously quite shocked, so that why I decided to send you guys an email saying hey, I’m that guy in that billboard.” The photos are from a shoot a decade old, available on a stock image service. They were supposed to be used for corporate advertising and publicity materials.
Roux noted that “It just seems like there no place in today’s world for an organization that is promoting this as being some kind of deviant or distasteful lifestyle, because I’ve lived my life openly gay and happy for my entire life.”
PFOX, though, argues that the science is on God’s side. Chris Doyle, a counselor for the group, confirmed that the group believes that the “actual science” backs up their claim. He said that people choose to be gay, and that his organization is there to “help them undo that mistake” so they can “purse a more godly lifestyle,” presumably with plenty of incest, rape, murder, and stoning, since that’s what God’s all about.
The science here is unclear, as science is wont to be, but twin students have shown that twins are significantly more likely to share an orientation than ordinary bothers and sisters. About 52% of identical twin pairs of homosexual men and 48% of identical twin pairs of lesbians were found to be gay. This suggests that there’s a genetic factor somewhere, which makes up a person’s orientation.
This shouldn’t surprise you; all behavior is genetic to some degree or another, including your personality, since it’s determined by the chemical wiring of your brain — something you have no control over. And if you doubt me, let me introduce you to Phineas Gage.
Of course, actual science hasn’t stopped groups like this before; scientific studies have shown that the sort of “therapies” like the ones promoted by PFOX are very harmful. Not that they care; they’re more concerned with appearing “godly” than they are with actually being godly.
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