The Stand4Truth Conference is being held Monday in Salt Lake City. Sponsors include KTALK Radio, the American Family Association, Family Research
Council, Mass Resistance and Eos Mobile. The event, choreographed in part by three certified anti-gay hate groups, brings together the usual crackpots and religious wingnuts. The presentation strives to be mostly secular. However, this is a conservative Christian event. This is an expression of their disapproval of LGBT people.

After a welcome by AFA’s Sandy Rios, attendees will hear the morning keynote from Peter Sprigg, Family Research Council’s self-anointed LGBT expert. Then it’s on to business.

Contrary to false and misleading information touted about sexual orientation change therapies, scientific research, and anecdotal evidence, this panel will discuss authentic change therapy and how scientific and anecdotal evidence demonstrate real change. State laws now banning change therapies will also be addressed.

  • Robert Vazzo, LMFT – “Junk Science Versus Valid Research”
  • David Pickup, LMFT – “How Authentic Reparative Therapy Really Works”

Doesn’t that make you want to just hop on a plane to SLC to wade into the wisdom? Will they release transcripts for our grateful consumption? New Victim in the making, Dr. Paul Church, makes an appearance at the next panel: “The Truth About Censored Medical Evidence.”

Eventually, Michael Brown, Peter LaBarbera, Mat Staver, Brian Camenker, Regina Griggs, Dawn Stefanowicz and others get their chance to participate in the homophobia choir. The whole thing is brought to a close by extremist gay bashing Houston pastor Dave Welch — because they love us.

I am guessing that these folks are paying good money to talk to each other and maybe some local Mormons. Nevertheless, this is extremely offensive. The event’s purpose is the promotion of falsehoods about LGBT people in an attempt to conform societal values and public policy to scripture.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.