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against them, ac­cord­ing to Par­ents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX), a Cal­i­for­nia-based grass-roots group.

They are de­mand­ing that the Walt Dis­ney Co. cover for­mer ho­mo­sex­u­als in com­pany poli­cies that for­bid dis­crim­i­na­tion against em­ploy­ees.

“For­mer ho­mo­sex­u­als who come out pub­licly are com­monly tar­geted for ridicule and hate,” says Regina Griggs, di­rec­tor of the group, em­pha­siz­ing that it seeks “tol­er­ance and safety” in the work­place.

“It is about time Dis­ney treated ex-gays with the re­spect they de­serve,” agrees Bob­bie Strob­har, who sub­mit­ted the de­mand to Dis­ney and a cited D.C. Su­pe­rior Court rul­ing that in­cludes ex-gays as “a pro­tected class” who must be rec­og­nized un­der sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion nondis­crim­i­na­tion laws.

“For­mer ho­mo­sex­u­als are true mod­els of courage who have been vil­i­fied by gay ac­tivists,” Ms. Strob­har con­tin­ues.

“Ex-gay em­ploy­ees are un­com­fort­able be­ing open about their sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion with their col­leagues be­cause they fear dis­crim­i­na­tion or un­fair treat­ment in the work­place,” Ms. Griggs adds.

Mr. Lovell does not ad­vo­cate throw­ing law­mak­ers over­board, though.

“Our politi­cians should re­al­ize that both par­ties should work to­gether to achieve their com­mon in­ter­est: the sur­vival of the United States,” Mr. Lovell con­cludes. In­dige­nous peo­ples? Na­tive Amer­i­cans? Some peo­ple are very cau­tious about such la­bels in this ex­cru­ci­at­ingly PC era. But there’s some ev­i­dence that the lex­i­con is evolv­ing in the White House.

“I look for­ward to hear­ing di­rectly from the leaders in In­dian coun­try about what my ad­min­is­tra­tion can do to not only meet their needs, but help im­prove their lives and the lives of their peo­ples,” Pres­i­dent Obama said Oct. 12, an­nounc­ing that he would host the White House Tribal Na­tions Con­fer­ence on Nov. 5.

The event will in­clude one leader from each of the coun­try’s 564 “fed­er­ally rec­og­nized tribes.”

“This con­fer­ence will serve as part of the on­go­ing and im­por­tant con­sul­ta­tion process that I value, and fur­ther strengthen the na­tion-to-na­tion re­la­tion­ship,” Mr. Obama said.

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