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Public forum on anti-gay policy coming to UNCW

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Childers said he has invited members of the Myrtle Grove Christian School to come to the forum, but has not heard back from anyone as of Friday evening. Childers said he has invited members of the Myrtle Grove Christian School to come to the forum, but has not heard back from anyone as of Friday evening.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT)-  A national organization, Faith in America, is holding a forum at UNCW to discuss anti-gay policies.

The forum titled, "Faith Perspectives that Embrace LGBT Youth and Families", is being held to address what can happen to LGBT families because of anti-gay policies like the one being implemented at Myrtle Grove Christian School.  The forum will be chaired by a panel of psychologists and religious leaders.

Brent Childers, Faith in America's executive director, said that the message conveyed by the discriminatory policy could have a negative impact on many young lives.

"Hundreds of individuals who went through immense trauma, many consider taking their own life because of this very message," said Childers.  "It has to stop."

Childers explained that a lot of people do not realize the implications anti-LGBT behavior.

"Many people never really stop to consider the horrific, unintended consequences to gay youth and their families," the executive director said.

Childers said he has invited members of the Myrtle Grove Christian School to come to the forum, but has not heard back from anyone as of Friday evening.

The school has defended the policy since it was announced in November.

An excerpt from an email sent out to parents by the school explains the schools stance on the policy.

We did not say that we were going to have parents "sign a pledge" and we are not even asking for their agreement with the policy. We simply want to ensure that every family applying or reenrolling is informed of it.

The "Faith Perspectives that Embrace LGBT Youth and Families" forum will be held on Tuesday, December 17 at the Burney Center on the campus of UNCW.

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