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Ruth Institute to Host First Annual Awards Dinner in Louisiana

Posted on Thursday, May 31, 2018

Ruth Institute to Host First Annual Awards Dinner in Louisiana on June 15, featuring Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay author Daniel Mattson

May 31, 2018, Lake Charles, Louisiana—The First Annual Ruth Institute Awards Dinner in Lake Charles, LA, will feature keynote speaker, Daniel Mattson. Mattson’s book, Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay: How I Reclaimed My Sexual Reality and Found Peace, has met with worldwide acclaim, being slated for reprinting in four foreign languages less than a year after its original U.S. release date.

“Am I gay?” This is a question many people ask themselves when they experience same sex attraction. Having been there, Mattson can respond with authority that feelings of same sex attraction are not the same as being gay.

“Your identity, above all else, is you are a beloved son of God, loved by God the Father. All that you have longed for, and especially what you’re looking for in the gay community, is really seeking out the love of the Father,” Mattson said during an interview with the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) while in Rome last week to promote the Italian version of his book. Mattson will share his full testimony at The Brick House restaurant in Lake Charles June 15.

Mr. Mattson will also receive the Public Witness of the Year Award at the First Annual Ruth Institute Awards Dinner. The evening will also include an award for Activism to Caryl Ayala of Austin, Texas, for her work as a Ruth Institute Book Club Leader. Last, but certainly not least, Dr. Mark Regnerus of the University of Texas will receive an award for Scholarship for his book, Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy.

The event will also feature fine dining, exhibits, and music. Ticket information can be found at

To interview Daniel Mattson or Ruth Institute president Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, please send an email to

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