And it isn’t the Otto Preminger film of the novel by Leon Uris.
This summer, the antigay group, Exodus International, will hold a conference in Black Mountain, entitled “The Reality of Grace.” In response the local LGBT community is organizing “The Reality of Will and Grace: a Refutation of the Ex-gay Movement,” a conference with film, panel discussions, and exhibits at Tressa’s (June 8th – 11th) and First Congregational United Church.
Help us bring author/activists Mel White and Wayne Besen to Asheville.
Dr. Mel White
Mel White is the founder of Soulforce, a LGBT organization seeking nonviolent dialogue with Christian leaders. Before coming out, Dr. White was a ghostwriter for Billy Graham, Jerry Falwell, and Pat Robertson. Dr. White’s journey is recounted in his autobiography, Stranger at the Gate (1994). His most recent book, Religion Gone Bad (2007), is an expose of the Christian Right.
Wayne Besen founded the nonprofit Truth Wins Out (TWO) in 2006, which was instrumental in convincing Apple Computers to drop its ‘gay cure’ iPhone app. He has written two books on the exgay movement Anything but Straight (2003) and Bashing Back (2007) and has appeared on The NBC Nightly News, Fox’s O’Reilly Factor and Hannity and Colmes, MSNBC News, PAX’s Faith Under Fire, and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
THE REALITY OF WILL AND GRACE
A Refutation of the Ex-gay Movement
June 8-11, Asheville, NC