It's always a good news day when a bigoted, homophobic organisation screws up. And then gets screwed!
In December, Cape Town, resident, Kyle Roux, 37, was surprised to hear from a friend that his image had popped up on a billboard overlooking a major highway in Richmond, Virginia. The billboard showed two pictures of Roux, in one wearing a suit; in the other, a T-shirt. "Identical twins,” the caption read. “One gay. One not. We believe twin research studies show nobody is born gay."
The PFOX Poster
The sign was put up by a group called Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (or PFOX), a nonprofit organization that promotes the misguided and fallacious idea, that gay people can change their sexual orientation through therapy or prayer.
Roux, an interior designer from Cape Town, was no fan of the message. For one thing, he is not a twin. For another, he is gay.
“I’m a proud and openly gay man,” Roux has told The Huffington Post in an email. “I’m no scientist, but from my own life experiences, and those of my peers, I do know that being gay is not optional.”
Roux believes that PFOX, which has since taken down the billboard, purchased the photos of him from a stock photography site. Legally, he said, there’s not much he can do. But this week, he’s striking back in his own way.
Roux tells it like it is!
On Wednesday, Planting Peace, a nonprofit organization based in Topeka, Kansas, erected a new billboard down the road from where the PFOX billboard once stood. The new sign, designed in the same color and style as the PFOX billboard and featuring new photographs of Roux, reads: “Dear PFOX: Identical twins? I’m not. I’m gay. Regardless of what you believe I was born gay. And I’m proud of who I am.”
PFOX did not make a spokesperson available to comment for this story, probably because he could only have drawled, "Yup, we're screwed!"
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