The Orlando Sentinel reports:
Amid calls from activists in Orange County for a ban on gay conversion therapy, conservative and religious groups along with two men who survived the Pulse nightclub shooting hosted a rally Saturday at Lake Eola Park promoting “deliverance to the LGBTQ community” through religion.
Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan in an interview Friday with non-profit Truth Wins Out revealed she attended a church as a teen that promoted conversion therapy, which she described as “abusive.” She said she was told by the group that her homosexuality would “leave [her] body as an orange mucous” and was set up on dates with gay men who were also told they could become straight.
“To those who are thinking about entering an ex-gay ministry, I would really encourage you to get some counseling outside of the church and really get a handle on where you are at, because I think they will take advantage of you, they will make you dependent and they will not do what’s in your best interest,” Sheehan told Truth Wins Out.
The Christian Post claims “hundreds” attended the event.
I walked by the freedom march today in Orlando, basically an anti-lgbt rally. I just wanted to walk around the lake with my boyfriend only to be reminded that Orlando isn’t safe from gross hatred towards my community pic.twitter.com/ro5Rkyz053
— Daniel – Gay Werewolf Extraordinaire (@RadeDRB) September 14, 2019
Hundreds Proclaim Freedom in Christ from Homosexuality in Orlando Freedom March Three Years After Pulse Nightclub Shooting — BCNN1 – Black Christian News Network https://t.co/McZ3PNigGP pic.twitter.com/YwmDjpe9GP
— Truth2Freedom (@Truth2Freedom) September 16, 2019
Far from a “Freedom March”, the Religious Right exploited desperate and vulnerable LGBT people to hold a “Fraud March” in Orlando, where these folks renounced their humanity to get a pat on the back from homophobic bigots. Fortunately, the Truth Wins Out.https://t.co/WPgRWTxD5b
— Wayne Besen (@WayneBesen) September 14, 2019