October 20, 2009

SNN Recommends 10/20/09-Wayne Besen

Wayne Besen is an author, activist, columnist and public speaker.

He is the author of a book nominated this year for two Lambda Literary Awards, "Anything But Straight: Unmasking the Scandals and Lies Behind the Ex-Gay Myth".

Besen made international news when he photographed "ex-gay" poster boy John Paulk cruising in a gay bar in Washington, D.C.

Besen is a former spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest gay and lesbian advocacy group. He has appeared as a guest on leading news and political talk shows including: the NBC Nightly News, The Roseanne Show, CNN's Talk Back Live and The Point, Fox's O'Reilly Factor and Hannity and Colmes, Hard Copy, MSNBC News, PAX's Faith Under Fire and Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Wayne has also spoken at many leading universities, including Vanderbilt, Harvard Law School, John Hopkins, and the University of Florida.

Prior to working at HRC, Besen worked in corporate communications for Edelman Public Relations Worldwide and as a press secretary for democratic Maine State Senator Sean Faircloth's bid for the U.S. Senate.

In 1992 Besen co-founded Sons & Daughters of America (SDA), a gay and lesbian public awareness campaign based in Fort Lauderdale. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Truth Wins Out, an organization founded to combat the 'ex-gay' myth and right wing propaganda.

Besen graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in broadcast journalism in 1993. He is a native of Fort Lauderdale, but has also lived in Houston, Washington DC, New York and graduated from Kaiser High School in Honolulu. His hobbies include playing and watching basketball, traveling, reading and writing.

Click here to check out his blog.

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