Highlands billboard causing a stir about homosexuality


by WHAS11


Posted on February 18, 2014 at 6:49 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)—A new billboard is up on Bardstown Road and it’s become a topic of discussion.

The billboard placed on the corner of Bardstown Road and Grinstead Drive by Abba's Delight, has brought criticism, especially the phrase “Not everyone who is gay is happy.”

Daniel Mingo, founder of Abba’s Delight, chose the spot because “it's a heavily gay populated area.”

“Our ministry is to those who are in the gay community who have unwanted same sex attractions,” Mingo said.

The phrase is a reflection of Mingo’s personal experience. He said he walked away from homosexuality nearly 20 years ago, after struggling with his faith.

“I knew that in my life homosexuality is not what he designed for me,” Mingo said. “That's not his created intent for sexuality and I had a conflict going on in my life going on about that. So God won.”

Not everyone agrees with the story of Mingo, and think it’s bogus.

“I thought as a society we'd moved on from that,” Chris Lebrasseur said. “I don’t think you can reprogram a person to be gay or straight and I don't think we should be wasting our energy trying to do it.”

Chris Hartman, Director of the Fairness Campaign, agrees and said that those people questioning their sexuality should see a therapist.

“If someone is experiencing same gender attraction or believes that they're lesbian gay bisexual or transgender and is struggling with it they should see a licensed therapist,” Hartman said.

Mingo said he isn’t offering therapy with his program, but offer mentoring and discipline.

“We're not trying to change people from gay to straight,” Mingo said. “We're trying to disciple them so God can work in their lives and do whatever character changes he wants to do.”

Mingo said the majority of those who come to him are conflicted due to their faith.

The billboard will remain up in the Highlands for the next three months.