Truth Wins Out (TWO), a non-profit organization that works to demolish the foundation of anti-gay prejudice just celebrated it’s 11th anniversary on June 7, 2017. On their anniversary, it was also announced that the organization would be shutting down.
“On our 11th anniversary, it is with a mixture of great sadness and overwhelming pride that I reluctantly announce that Truth Wins Out is closing down,” TWO founder Wayne Besen wrote in a statement. “All good things must come to an end – and it is time to say goodbye.”
TWO worked to demolish groups and organizations that promoted and spread anti-LGBT prejudice. The organization exposed many “ex-gay” programs such as Love Won Out, Exodus International and JONAH.
According to their website, TWO strove to “attack the underpinnings of homophobia by debunking harmful lies, discrediting hateful myths, and countering anti-gay organizations.”
In his statement, Besen said the organization was closing down because it had achieved its major goals.
“Truth Wins Out has created a robust legacy that irrefutable proves ‘ex-gay’ activists are frauds and such programs are a hoax that exploits hate,” Besen wrote. “We battled these groups tooth and nail, in their heyday, when they were truly a threat to LGBT rights.”
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Besen went on in his statement to point out the major accomplishments of TWO, including getting the APA to condemn Focus on the Family and NARTH by name in a letter, protesting a number of “ex-gay” conferences around the world, and leading a joint investigation with SFGN in 2010 to expose JONAH’s Arthur Abba Goldberg as a Wall Street con artist and convicted felon.
The announcement to shut down was coupled with a long list of special thanks to donors, board members, LGBT media, activists and more.
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“This is a sad and sobering moment — but one I can step back from with great satisfaction and an enormous sense of accomplishment,” Besen wrote. “From my heart — I want to say how lucky I was to be in a position to help people find peace and joy in their lives. I would never have been able to do so without you.”