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GLN Protests Against the "Ex-Gay" Fraud - June 27, 2006

The Gay Liberation Network recently organized a protest against the anti-gay fraud of a group known as Exodus International -- a nutty outfit which obnoxiously claims that it can bring "freedom from homosexuality through the power of Jesus Christ.” Exodus was holding its national convention in the rural Indiana town of Marion, Indiana.

They were obviously alerted to our impending arrival, as campus police quickly greeted us. Even though Marion is a small, relatively isolated town in a rural, economically depressed part of the state, our reception by local citizens ranged from neutral to extremely positive. A burly truck driver dropped by to thank us for being there -- he said his mom is a lesbian. A man and woman couple profusely apologized to us, saying they felt that the Exodus International people gave a bad name to Christians -- they offered to bring us pizza.

GLN would like to thank our partners in Chicago A.N.S.W.E.R. and Black LGBT People & Allies for Equality, who joined us for the protest.

Driving into Marion, IN

Just a few miles outside of town.

Welcome to Marion

Setting up for the Protest.

Bigotry Opposed On University Blvd.

Bigots Not Welcome Here

Deborah talks with local press.

Love Needs No Cure

Justin & David

Rich Wilson of GLN & Deborah Lake, ED, Sankofa Way

University Blvd.

Bill Massey of ANSWER

Protest Organizer Bob Schwartz

Talking with locals.

Closing the Protest at nghtfall.


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