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New York Times: Michael Glatze, an ex‑gay exposé


Michael Glatze, who, along with his boyfriend of the time, once founded the “Young Gay America” magazine, which he used to help gay youth.

But after spending a decade fighting for equality and fighting on behalf of gay youth, Michael came out in an article on World Net Daily as a “straight” man, born again in the name of Jesus. It turns out that his “spiritual awakening” came after a medical scare involving heart palpitations that he feared could signal his untimely death.

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Glatze, left, with his ex-partner, Ben.

I have known far, far too many of these “ex-gays” who maintain that Jesus really did “fix” them even though they know just as well as I do that they are still attracted to the same-sex as much as ever.

Michael’s old friend, Benoit Denizet-Lewis, interviewed him and wrote the following exposé on him for The New York Times:

“God loves you more than any dude will ever love you,” he told me at the cafe. “Don’t put your faith in some man, some flesh. That’s what we do when we’re stuck in the gay identity, when we’re stuck in that cave. We go from guy to guy, looking for someone to love us and make us feel O.K., but God is so much better than all the other masters out there.” […]

I asked Michael if he’d heard the news that Ben [his former boyfriend] had recently married in Canada. He blinked twice, and his body tensed slightly. “No, I didn’t,” he said. “To a man, or to a woman?”

“To a man. Were you holding out hope that he would marry a woman?”

“You have to understand something,” he said, leaning forward in his chair. “I don’t see people as gay anymore. I don’t see you as gay. I don’t see him as gay. God creates us heterosexual. We may get other ideas in our head about what we are, and I certainly did, but that doesn’t mean they’re the truth.” […]

As we approached the school, I asked him what he thought about last year’s highly publicized gay teenage suicides and the ensuing It Gets Better campaign, in which gay people from across the country — and high-profile political leaders, including President Obama — recorded encouraging video messages aimed at gay youth. He didn’t hesitate. “I think it’s stupid,” Michael said. “It doesn’t get better if you’re gay.” (Read more)

The above picture to the left shows Glatze at a happier time when he fully embraced his sexuality and even fought to help gay youth. That’s a stark contrast to the image of him at the top, where he appears cold and colorless.

This is another reason why I absolutely loathe ministries that uphold the ex-gay myth like The Ramp.

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