By Michael Baggot

ARLINGTON, VA, May 7, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Individuals who once considered themselves homosexuals but who have since left the lifestyle, often remain silent about their past life due to persecution from homosexual activists, an ABC News video revealed on Monday.

"A person may not be happy being gay, has anyone ever thought of that?" asked "David," an anonymous man who has overcome his homosexual inclinations, on ABC News.

"I’ve found feelings could change," David added.

Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX) observed that "David’s" desire for anonymity reflects the wide-scale persecution individuals like him face from those supportive of homosexuality.

"Many ex-gays are afraid to come out of the closet because of the harassment they will receive - their names, phone numbers and personal information posted on gay websites, attacked at ex-gay exhibit booths, press releases issued against them, etc," stated PFOX.

"The tactics of gay activists are to go after anyone who comes out publicly as ex-gay, force them back into the closet, and then claim that ex-gays don’t exist because there aren’t any out in public."

The ABC report was sparked by the American Psychological Association’s decision to cancel an important forum scheduled for Monday on the relationship between religion and homosexuality. The forum was to have included discussion of reparative therapy used to help individuals overcome unwanted homosexual tendencies.

Gay activists feared that the panel would challenge the APA’s official 2000 opposition to reparative therapy, itself rooted in the organization’s 1973 decision to remove homosexuality from the list of mental disorders.

The ABC report also featured footage of lesbian protestors who banged pots and pans, chanted, and danced in front of conservative author Ryan Sorba, forcing him to cut short his April 29 "The Born Gay Hoax" lecture at Smith College.

Observers observed that the Sorba incident is characteristic of the "gay rights" movement’s intolerance towards any discussion of the possibility that individuals may freely abandon the homosexual lifestyle if they so choose.

"This is exactly how the homosexual movement views free speech and civil rights in their march to force their social and sexual agenda on others and intimidate and terrorize anyone who would criticize or disagree.  Truth and freedom become subjected to the whims of thought police and rioters," commented the conservative Massachusetts organization MassResistance.

PFOX argues that individuals seeking to abandon their homosexual lifestyle should be afforded the freedom from discrimination that gay activists demand for themselves.

"Homosexual activists are talking about personal choice, freedom, and so forth, but they deny personal choice and freedom for those who wish to seek change," Peter Sprigg of PFOX told ABC News.

Watch the ABC report:
http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=4797243

  See related LifeSiteNews.com coverage:

APA Cancels Landmark Panel to Discuss Homosexual Therapy and Religion
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/may/08050606.html

Lesbian Break-in and Riot During College Speech on "Born-Gay Hoax" Forces Cancellation
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2008/may/08050205.html

Message from "Ex-Gays" to American Psychological Association: Don’t Ban Therapy
http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2007/dec/07120407.html

View the ABC video:
http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0508/517023_video.html?ref=newsstory

Learn more about therapy for individuals with homosexual inclinations:
http://www.narth.com

Learn more about PFOX:
www.pfox.org