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Wednesday, June 3, 2015
World Meeting of Families said NO! Fortunate Families is not welcome because our message of 'please don't harm your child thru rejection' is one they don't understand....
Subject: The Exhibit Decision
Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 00:13:10 +0000
Dear Ms. Word,
Thank you for reaching out to the
WMOF. We appreciate your willingness to serve in so many ways. The information
about your repeated applications and contacts around exhibiting were shared
with me. Please rest assured that your application was considered with due
diligence and I regret that this was not conveyed to you via a timely response.
Apologies for the delay—it is clear that you were quite diligent in seeking
information on your end as well.
Let me explain the decision that was
reached about your exhibit. Fortunate Families (FF) was not accepted as an
exhibitor because the FF website and associated links claim that the
organization is meeting parents where they are at but then proceeds to indicate
that if parents give any sense of disapproval of behavior at all (or even
ambivalence), they are harming their children and even setting them up for
greater risk of suicide.
FF advocates for parental acceptance
of LGBT children and adolescents in such a way that “acceptance” requires that
parents must show full acceptance of both the person and the entirety of every
aspect of the person’s gay or transgender lifestyle, spelling out the
consequences of any lack of full endorsement of a child’s lifestyle as causing
psychological harm to the children and even likely driving the child to
There are certainly some wonderful
things about FF, and the fact that you and your husband are taking homeless
LGBT youth into your home and caring for them is admirable, but the above
issues caused your application to be declined upon review and re-review.
Dr. Mary Beth Yount, Ph.D.
Director of Content and Programming,
World Meeting of Families 2015