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Truth Wins Out founder Wayne Besen appearing at LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s The Village tomorrow night

In addition to being your faithful blogger, I’m also president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association.

So it is in that role that I’m letting people know about what promises to be a very provocative event tomorrow at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center’s The Village complex: an evening with Truth Wins Out founder Wayne Besen.

NLGJA-LA is co-sponsoring this event with The Center and the timing is perfect with Besen recently making headlines after being labeled a “homosexual agitator” by some right wing groups that wanted him banned from Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor.

Besen will give a multi-media presentation about the work of Truth Wins Out, the national non-profit organization that fights anti-LGBT extremism and the dangerous “ex-gay” industry. He’s the architect of a sting operation that proved for the first time that the clinic run by Marcus Bachmann, husband of former presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, practices “ex-gay” therapy.

We can guarantee a unique, innovative and entertaining look behind the mask of the so-called “ex-gay” programs. But the evening will also reveal the damage caused by programs that claim to turn gay people straight through prayer and therapy.

“The multi-media show will take the audience on a whirlwind tour of ‘ex-gay’ programs,” Besen says. “[The audience] will learn the history of these groups, the bizarre techniques they use, and the political players that finance these ignoble efforts.”

A former spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, Besen is also the author of Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth and has appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show, NBC Nightly News, ABC’s Nightline and Good Morning America, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity & Colmes, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Please join us!

The event is free and takes place at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s Renberg Theatre on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 7-8 p.m. It will be immediately followed by a hosted reception in the courtyard and gallery of The Village at Ed Gould Plaza.

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