Friday, July 30, 2004
Los Angeles Times under fire from gay community after running controversial ad
From the Advocate: Christian groups claiming to help "cure" people of homosexuality are common in the United States, but I don't recall one placing an advertisement in a major metropolitan newspaper before. One such group, however, Exodus, ran a full page ad in the Los Angeles Times on July 23, featuring a man named "Randy" saying he had become gay because his father had abandoned him in childhood and he "felt desperate for the physical touch only a father can give. ... Today I am an ex-gay. No, wait... I don't define myself anymore with a sexual identity. I'm just...Randy." The Advocate, a magazine reporting on gay and lesbian issues, reports that 200 people have protested to the Los Angeles Times for accepting the advertisement, whose advertising department responded that "advocacy ads must meet our advertising standards and communicate their points of view legally and responsibly. This particular ad met those requirements."
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