A group who call themselves Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gay (PFOX), put up billboard in Richmond, Virginia, featuring the image of twin white men and text reading: “Identical twins: One Gay. One Not. We believe twins research studies show NOBODY IS BORN GAY.”
It turns out their billboard models are actually just one man, Kyle Roux, who is not a twin and who also is openly gay.
Roux hasn’t thought about that photo shoot in nearly a decade. He says the pictures used on the billboard were part of a stock photo shoot he did. Roux signed away the rights and was told the pictures would be used in commercial and corporate ads and brochures.
Thursday morning, friends, family and even Roux’s trainer asked if he was featured in the ad, which claimed to show identical twins and the statement, “Nobody is born gay.”
It’s ironic, says Roux, given that he’s not a twin and openly gay.
“It just seems like there no place in today’s world for an organization that is promoting this as being some kind of deviant or distasteful lifestyle, because I’ve lived my life openly gay and happy for my entire life,” he said.
“It’s actually quite a big thing that there is this kind of discrimination and borderline hate speech going on, you know,” he said.
Roux says he’s worried about teens struggling with their sexuality, and he hopes to empower others.