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.