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LGBTQA community announces photo shoot in reaction to ‘ex-gay therapy’ billboard

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Posted at 11:13 AM, Dec 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-14 12:31:10-05

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RICHMOND, Va. — A billboard promoting conversion therapy has been much discussed since it took perch along Interstate 95/64 right before the Belvidere exit heading south/east.

The slogan proclaims that nobody is born gay and was sponsored by Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays (PFOX).

On Sunday at 3:15 p.m., the Gay Community Center of Richmond will hold a photo shoot at their building off I-95, at 1407 Sherwood Avenue, reported GAYRVA.com.

All Richmonders — gay, questioning, straight — are invited to participate in the inclusive photo shoot, will could become a billboard.

“Does the billboard make you angry? Want to respond?” said Bill Harrison, the GCCR’s Executive Director, in a released statement. “You are invited to participate in a group photo that will be used to counter the “No One Is Born Gay” billboard message. The picture will be used through social media and other forums and will also be considered for billboard use.”

The photo will be taken in the event parking lot located at the east end of building, reported GAYRVA.

For more information, the Executive Director, Bill Harrison can be reached at Bill.Harrison@LGBTRichmond.net.

The billboard confronts a key cultural intersection in the world of sexual orientation.

Many gays and advocates say they are born that way – it’s genetic and therefore quite normal – and some cite the exact same identical twin study as proof. Read more on Mark Holmberg’s commentary, here.