Washington D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty apologizes after his office awarded a "Certificate of Appreciation" to Regina Griggs, executive director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX),
"The certificate—dated Nov. 16, 2009, and signed by Fenty—surfaced on PFOX's web site. The certificate was awarded to Griggs ''In recognition of your dedication, commitment, and outstanding contributions as Executive Director of Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays.' PFOX's April 28 press release praises Fenty for the honor."
Washington DC's Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance demanded an explanation and this morning via the Washington Post:
"D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty apologized Thursday over his decision to issue a certificate of appreciation honoring the leader of the ex-gay movement, which believes homosexuals can be rehabilitated...Mafara Hobson, a Fenty spokeswoman, called Griggs’ award a 'staff-level error.' 'We apologize for the error as it runs contrary to the mayor’s vision of a more open and inclusive city,' Hobson said. 'The mayor is proud of his ardent support of the LGBT community.'"