A crowd of about only 36 people showed up for yesterdays much hyped right-wing ex-LGBT “Freedom March.” at the National Sylvan Theater yesterday for those who say that they no longer identifying as gay or transgender “by the grace and power of Jesus Christ,”
The event was co-sponsored by Voice of the Voiceless, which has previously advocated for forms of conversion therapy on college campuses but says its mission is to “to defend the rights of former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction, and their families.”
Jeffrey McCall, a former transgender rights activist and organizer of the event, shared his story, which seemed to have taken a sharp turn from his days of trans-advocacy. Wearing a red shirt emblazoned with “#Jesus,” he stood before the small crowd at the National Mall and said he had left his gay identity of 12 years behind.
“Everyone has marches, all kinds of views and opinions,” McCall told said, explaining his decision to hold the event. “So I said, ‘I don’t really know about a march for people coming out of the LGBT [community] to follow Jesus so I want to do that.’
Also in attendance was an “ex-gay” survivor of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.
Luis Ruiz, who survived Orlando, Florida’s horrific Pulse Nightclub massacre two years ago where 49 were killed, said, “I should have been number 50!”
“Going through old pictures of the night of Pulse, I remember my struggles of perversion, heavy drinking to drown out everything and having promiscuous sex that led to HIV.. My struggles were real! The enemy had its grip, and now God has taken me from that moment and has given me Christ Jesus.”
One of the strangest speakers at the event had to be extreme right-wing conservative bat-shit crazy blogger Elizabeth Johnston, commonly known as “The Activist Mommy,” who explained that she considers herself an ally, “to one of the most marginalized and censored groups in our culture, and that is the ex-homosexual.”
“I am pro-choice,” she added. “I believe those who choose to engage in homosexual sin also have the right not to engage in homosexuality, and they have the choice to seek therapy for their unnatural and unwanted desires.”
“I am tolerant. I want homosexuals to have the freedom to speak their mind and beliefs. Do we not? And I believe those who believe who believe homosexuality is a sin against God also have the right under God and under our first amendment to speak our beliefs,” she concluded. “That is tolerance.”
The handful of activists marched from the National Mall to the White House, drawing an audience with chants like “Freedom in Christ, it’s so nice.”