District Rethinks Leaflet Policy After Ex-Gay Promo Given to Kids


Following an outcry over kids in Maryland schools taking home ex-gay leaflets with their report cards last month, the school district is now considering banning all leaflets from outside organizations.

From the Washington Post:

Montgomery board members voted Monday to refer the matter to the board’s policy subcommittee for review and to recommend changes. The committee is expected to meet March 20, and then the full school board would vote on any revisions.

David Fishback, advocacy chairman for the Metro D.C. chapter of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, applauded Starr for speaking out against the fliers.

Peter Sprigg, a member of the board of directors of PFOX, told board members that it would be “reprehensible, deplorable and disgusting” if they decided to “punish” all nonprofit groups in the county because they disagreed with the messages of some.

The Rev. Grace Harley, also testifying on behalf of PFOX, said that the people she referred to as “ex-gay” are often discriminated against. She said she lived for 18 years as a transgender man named Joe before becoming an ex-gay woman. “I have suffered more intolerance as an ex-gay person than I ever did as a gay person,” she said.

The board voted 8 to 1 to pass a resolution to review the policy “in light of concerns raised by the community.”

The flier, which was in fact distributed to students at five high schools in the district area, came from Parents and Friends of Ex-gays and Gays (PFOX), an organization that maintains†gay people can change their sexual orientation. The flier said,†”Every year thousands of people with unwanted same-sex attractions make the personal decision to leave a gay identity.” The flier challenged the notion that people are born gay by saying that no one has ever found a gay gene and encouraged students to seek help if they felt they might be LGBT.

Understandably, the flier caused a great deal of concern among parents who were worried what effect this might have on the wellbeing of kids and whether it was right to send home leaflets with such a glaring agenda.

However, the District said its hands were tied by a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruling that Montgomery County’s previous refusal to allow an evangelical organization to send home leaflets was discriminatory.†Therefore, if the school district allows outside organizations to send home materials it†must allow any registered nonprofits to send home fliers with students. Routinely, and as was the case here, schools add a disclaimer, but the District was criticized that this simply isn’t good enough because the materials could be dangerous for LGBT kids due to the unsubstantiated claims and outright distortions the flier contained — we analyzed those for you here.

While the District is required to allow all nonprofits to send home fliers if it accepts material from outside organizations, it has always had the option of ending that practice entirely. Now, this is something that the District is considering so as to avoid children becoming , as one board member apparently put it, a “pony express for fliers” and risking pupils’ mental health.


Related Reading:

Did Bachmann Try to Pass a Law Protecting Ex-Gay Therapy?

Donít Filter Me!: ACLU Campaigns to Get Positive LGBT Websites Unblocked in Schools

Minnesota Family Council: Gay Indoctrination Causes Youth Suicides


Image taken from PFOX website from "I Chose to Change" brochure in the public domain. Image is not necessarily representative of the particular flier handed out to Montgomery students and is used for illustrative purposes only.


rene davis
irene davis5 years ago


Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia5 years ago

why would a school have to allow any non-school organization to send home fliers? it doesnt make any sense. i hate that people think just because a "gay gene" hasnt been found that it means that being gay is non-biological. the human genome is huge and still being decoded. maybe it's just something pyschological, which makes sense to me since attraction is phychological. I am a lesbian who has been with more men than women and I can tell you that to me, those guys where basically dildos i couldnt toss on the floor after sex, they were meaningless to me, sure some i felt love for, but not anything as strong or as intense as all the women ive been with. the bond and connection i have to my girlfriend is nothing like what i had with any guy. so yeah, i would be ok accepting that it could just be pyschological.

Lilithe Magdalene

It especially irks me that a transgender person would conflate being gay with being transgender. Even though the 'T' is in LGBT, it is still not gay - it is transgender - something completely different than sexual orientation. You'd think even a former transgender person would specify that.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

Good Lord...how about leafletting for growth as a human being?

Grainne O'Carroll
Grainne OCarroll5 years ago

Not being gay I don't know if it is a choice or not but I can't imagine anyone being persuasive enough to turn me gay, so why would it work the other way around? I do know that I didn't choose who to fall in love with. If it were a choice, I would have picked someone rich!

Anne F.
Anne F5 years ago

Why should outside organizations be piggybacking on school district information channels?

Janice A.
Janice Adams5 years ago

Couldn't you just scream. Why do some people, who find some path to their own happiness, then decide they need to force that path on every one else. When will we learn that whether you are a parent, a friend or a so called expert, you do not have an exclusive all encompassing cure for everything. Most roads are enjoyable if people are free to travel them at will. When people put up barriers or line the road with others who are allowed to throw stones at certain people, that is where the problems come. Leave us all alone, stop trying to fix people because they have different realities than you. What you discover in life is yours, do not try to validate it by forcing others to accept it as the truth. That goes for your sexuality, your religion or your politics. There are as many paths to happiness as there are people. Let each of find our own happiness and not try to convince others it is the only one. Exgay usually usually means I wasn't really gay to begin with, or I will always deny who I am so I fit someone else's idea of who I should be and struggle with that every day of the rest of my life. Either way there is no such thing as exgay and no one would want to go there unless you make them ashamed of who they really are.

A E G.
Elizabeth G5 years ago

With all of the toxic Hormone Disrupters in our pesticides - I mean food - we will all have dual sex organs soon enough. We are creating an infertile, androgenistic, multi sexed race.. yeaa for us.

Helle H.
Helle H5 years ago

I think Jesus was homosexual. He was always with men, and the only woman he was connected with was a prostitute. Let people be what they are, it's not up to others to decide what is right or wrong.

cori johnson
Cori johnson5 years ago

You can't change who you are. its just not possible.