President of Stoneman Douglas Gay/Straight Alliance To Speak at Equality Florida Gala Saturday March 10
Rod is Equality Florida's Miami Dade Development Officer
Rod was born in Cuba but never lived there. He grew up in Venezuela where he learned how difficult it is to be different from others. As a result, he committed himself to help people who fear opening up about their sexual orientation.
On Tuesday, the Miami-Dade Board of Commissioners rejected a proposed ban on conversion therapy, a harmful practice I can speak to all too well. After 23 years in the conversion therapy and ex-gay world I tried everything to change my sexual orientation as a gay man, nothing worked. I was a respected "ex-gay" leader, an ordained minister, as well as the Executive Vice President of Exodus International and spoke out frequently about "change" and "freedom from homosexuality."
Today, the Miami-Dade County Commission voted 4-7 against an ordinance that would ban so-called "conversion therapy." Equality Florida’s Senior Policy Director, Hannah Willard, provided the following statement:
Miami-Dade County is considering a ban on conversion therapy, and we need you to help the County Commissioners understand how important it is to denounce this debunked and dangerous practice.
So-called “reparative therapy” purports to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity - but not only is it completely ineffective in actually changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, it puts LGBTQ youth and their families at serious risk.
DATE: Wednesday, July 12th
TIME: 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Stephen B. Clark Government Center
111 Northwest 1st Street, Miami, FL
Please wear RED!