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PFOX Posts Anti-Gay Billboard in Richmond

“No young person or adult should be walking down the road and see something that says that they are not okay as they are.”

PFOX Billboard

— Beth Panilaitis, Executive Director at the LGBT youth-support organization Rosmy, to NBC12 regarding a billboard on I-95 in Richmond, Va., which depicts a set of identical twins and the words “One is gay, one is not. Nobody is born gay.” The ad was paid for by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX).

“We find it interesting that the attacks against the billboard and ex-gay community have nothing to do with the facts,” PFOX Executive Director Regina Griggs wrote in an online 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.”

Said Panilaitis, “I am shocked and really disappointed that at the end of 2014, we have a billboard in the middle of our city that says that kind of hate.”

NBC12 – Richmond, VA News

Source: NBC12

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