Pro-Ex-Gay Preacher’s Daughter Speaks Out

Timothy Kincaid

September 4th, 2007

It’s a ‘chicken or the egg’ question; what comes first, anti-gay extremism or a child’s sexual orientation?

It seems almost more than coincidental that there are so many anti-gay activists with gay children ranging from Eagle Forum’s Phyllis Schafly and Operation Rescue’s Randall Terry to ex-gay proponants like PFOX’s Regina Griggs and NARTH’s Charles Socarides. Oddly, none of the anti-gay or ex-gay leaders have ever had a child that succeeded in changing their orientation.

We recently told you about Sal Roggio, the Cumberland County, NJ, preacher who is bringing in ex-gay Greg Quinlan to “explain that homosexuality is a changeable behavior”. Rev. Roggio wanted “folks to come in and know there’s hope.”

I guess it’s really not all that surprising that Sal Roggio’s daughter Sharon is a lesbian. As reported by NBC10 she just couldn’t remain silent in the face of her father’s public crusade.

“I love my father and want only happiness for him,” Sharon Roggio said. “But I cannot stand silent and allow false statements against gay and lesbian people to be made any longer.”

Anthony Venn-Brown

September 4th, 2007

good observation Timothy. We know that often when people have ‘issues’ about homosexuality…..that is exactly right THEY have issues.

The psychologist/therapist themselves playing out some sense of failure or rejection……unable to be non-judgemental.


September 4th, 2007

Four isn’t a very large number.


September 4th, 2007

When I came out, my father joined the seminary. I think the gay kid comes first.

Ken R

September 5th, 2007

Four isn’t a very large number.


It is not how many of these children of religious right leaders or ministers that are gay its the fact that they have gay children. It’s kind of ironic if you ask me.

Makes you think about the nature vs. nurture debate.

Bruce Garrett

September 5th, 2007

And there’s David Knight, son of California state senator Pete Knight who campaigned fiercely against gay rights and same sex marriage in California.

Yeah…I’ve been wondering for years how much of their anti-gay activism amounts to punishing the gay community for their kid being gay. Or punishing the kid by proxy.


September 5th, 2007

You can add Arthur Goldberg of JONAH to the list.

Timothy Kincaid

September 6th, 2007


Does Arthur Goldberg have a gay child? If so can you please provide a link to a source?

I’m not aware of that one.


rebecca Kell

September 7th, 2007



November 22nd, 2009

where can i find a support group in the cumberland county area. I am a lesbian who is trying to reform to a straight life style… please help
e-mail me at

thank u so much

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