Thursday, November 11, 2010
World Bank Scandal: Employees Will Be Able to Support Group that Promotes "Conversion Therapy" to "Cure Homosexuality"
The World Bank has approved an employee giving program that includes World Bank matching funds for an anti-gay group that promotes conversion therapy for homosexuality.
MetroWeekly reported yesterday that the World Bank's Community Connections Campaign includes this year the ability to give funds to a group called PFOX (Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays).
The American Psychological Association, in a 2009 resolution, determined that there was no evidence to support the idea that sexual orientation can be changed by psychological interventions. The PFOX group, however, promotes the idea that gay and lesbian persons can "change" their sexual orientation.
The World Bank will reportedly match employee contributions made to PFOX, which will allow the anti-gay group to represent that its programs and mission are supported by the World Bank.
The MetroWeekly article notes that including PFOX in the World Bank Employee Giving Campaign calls into serious question the World Bank's commitments to equality and non-discrimination. The World Bank was urged to remove the group from the list and to state that PFOX does not represent the values of the World Bank.
Hat tips to Rex Wockner and MetroWeekly.