Oregon Residents to Hear Experts Debunk Homosexual Myths

Focus on the Family
Monday, 16 June 2003

Hundreds to Attend Focus on the Family's 22nd National Conference in Portland

Hundreds of Oregon residents plan to attend Focus on the Family's 22nd national Love Won Out conference held at Portland's New Hope Community Church on June 21, despite opposition from local homosexual activists who plan to protest the event by holding a conference of their own.

"The opposition being displayed by gay activists in Portland is just another example of their myopic and inconsistent application of tolerance," said Mike Haley, a former homosexual and Love Won Out conference host. "Thousands of men and women know firsthand that there is a way out of unwanted homosexuality. Attempts to silence and discredit us only display a cruel disregard for those who feel trapped in gay life and deserve to know that change is truly possible."

The Love Won Out conference offers practical help for those wanting out of homosexuality. Conference speakers include experts in the field of homosexuality and gender identity, such as Joseph Nicolosi, Ph.D., president of the National Association of Research and Therapy of Homosexuality. Dr. Nicolosi has just written A Parent's Guide to Preventing Homosexuality and has appeared on the Fox's News Channel's O'Reilly Factor. Other speakers include Dick Carpenter, Ph.D., a veteran teacher, principal and college professor; and Jane Boyer, a nurse practitioner and former lesbian.

Since its inception in 1998, Focus on the Family's Love Won Out conference has shared its message with more than 17,000 people in 21 cities and has seen nearly a 25 percent increase in attendance over the past year.

"Gay activists continue to force-feed our culture with misconceptions and half-truths regarding the issue of homosexuality," Haley concluded. "Despite this, people continue to hunger for the truth, and our hope is that this conference will be a day of hope and healing for them."

More information is available at: www.lovewonout.com.

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