Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays & Gays (PFOX) won't be funded by the World Bank this year, but the advocacy group for "former homosexuals" is nevertheless claiming victory.
For the first time this year, the World Bank included PFOX on its list of eligible charities in its annual staff fundraising effort; after criticism from LGBT groups, however, the Bank decided not to match funds to the ex-gays. In a statement, PFOX thanked the World Bank and urged staffers to contribute to the cause. "Because of PFOX, the public is beginning to recognize that ex-gays have much to contribute to the understanding of sexual orientation," the statement reads. "Please forward this email to your friends or family members who work at the World Bank and ask them to donate to PFOX."