A number of Washington D.C. gay activists led by Lane Hudson are demanding that Mayor Adrian Fenty should not invited to this year's Pride celebration .... unless he formally apologizes for the accidental "Certificate of Appreciation" awarded for the "good work" of the "ex-gay" group Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays.
Via the Facebook's "Un-Invite Mayor Fenty from Capital Pride Unless he Meets These 3 Demands":
Six months after the Certificate was discovered, a spokesperson from the Mayor's office blamed a "low level staff error" for the Certificate. However, the Mayor has been silent on the issue and refuses to apologize and retract this Certificate. This is a serious matter and must be addressed in a serious way by the Mayor. His refusal to take responsibility is a complete abdication of leadership. We as a community must stand up to anyone that gives credence to harmful organizations like PFOX. Please join others who are demanding that Mayor Adrian Fenty be un-invited from participation in Capital Pride until all three of the following conditions are met:
1) Formally retract this Certificate of Appreciation
2) Personally take responsibility for your office's actions instead of blaming a "staff level error"
3) Issue a statement condemning PFOX.
The mayor apologized last week. The certificate was awarded in November. It came to the attention of the gay media and blogoswphere after PFOX blasted their award in a recent press release.
Not invite the mayor to gay Pride after he's marched in every parade and just signed the District's marriage bill?
Fenty Apologizes After Award to Ex-Gay Group