If You Want to Become Straight, Edit a Gay Magazine

First, it was Charlene Cothran, editor of Venus Magazine.

Now, it’s Michael Glatze, founding editor of Young Gay America magazine.

Glatze was attracted to men at 14. He came out as gay when he was 20. Now, he’s 30 and declaring himself straight.

He wrote a piece about this for WorldNetDaily:

Homosexuality came easy to me, because I was already weak.

My mom died when I was 19. My father had died when I was 13. At an early age, I was already confused about who I was and how I felt about others.

Because when a loved one dies, the gay gene turns on.

What was it that finally made him reconsider his gayness? (Emphasis mine)

Knowing no one who I could approach with my questions and my doubts, I turned to God; I’d developed a growing relationship with God, thanks to a debilitating bout with intestinal cramps caused by the upset stomach-inducing behaviors I’d been engaged in.

Soon, I began to understand things I’d never known could possibly be real, such as the fact that I was leading a movement of sin and corruption – which is not to sound as though my discovery was based on dogma, because decidedly it was not.

So gay sex turned Glatze closer to God? That means Ted Haggard was really just performing his pastoral duties when he was engaging in sodomy with a male prostitute…

By the way, has anyone heard of Venus Magazine or Young Gay America before these “non-outings”? I haven’t. But they’re definitely getting some publicity now…

I’m not sure we can call him straight until he’s slept with a woman. The latest craze seems to be for “ex-gays” to just live a life of celibacy… since they’re still into same-sex partners.

Not Glatze, though. In one interview, he said he was “repulsed by the thoughts of sex with a man.”

One thing he wrote scares me:

Homosexuality allows us to avoid digging deeper, through superficiality and lust-inspired attractions – at least, as long as it remains “accepted” by law. As a result, countless miss out on their truest self, their God-given Christ-self.

He seems to be implying that homosexuality ought to be banned or limited in some way.

Maybe we shouldn’t be surprised. He did come out as straight on WorldNetDaily.

So he is not just a former gay. He is vehemently anti-gay.

You would think after all his years working with gay youth, he of all people would understand what it’s like to be a homosexual in America… hearing the anti-gay crap spewing out of the mouths of uninformed, hateful people. He must remember what it’s like hearing conservative Christians say that people like him were responsible for so much that is wrong in society.

Yet he follows the same path. That’s a pity. Not that I agree with what he says, but he could’ve had a golden opportunity to spread his message to a wider audience if he was more compassionate toward other gay people in his piece and chose a better vehicle (than WorldNetDaily) for his announcement.

(Thanks to Logos for the link!)


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  • http://fivepublicopinions.blogspot.com AV

    You would think that . . . but then again he has entered the funhouse of cognitive dissonance that is Born-Again Christianity.

  • http://olvlzl.blogspot.com/ olvlzl, no ism, no ist

    Homosexuality allows us to avoid digging deeper, through superficiality and lust-inspired attractions – at least, as long as it remains “accepted” by law. As a result, countless miss out on their truest self, their God-given Christ-self.

    It’s always interesting how people who have led self-centered, egotistical lives as gay people and then decide to cash in on the phony ex-gay, neo-fascist gravy train always attribute their actions to gay people in general. All of this is consistent with their ego-driven personalities, unable to see that many, perhaps most gay people are quite a bit less self-involved than they were and, given the profits possible from slamming your own minority group on behalf of Republican-fascism they still are.

    Armstrong Williams? Clarence Thomas? There’s money to be made by being the first wave Kapos in the planned concentration camps.

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  • http://emergingpensees.blogspot.com/ Mike C

    I have no problem with people who were gay and either decide they don’t want to be or discover that they no longer are. Each person’s journey is different and I don’t think sexual orientation is always set in stone. However, it’s sad that on this person’s journey he decided to go to the complete opposite extreme and become not just ex-gay but anti-gay.

  • Logos

    Mike C, what is your Church’s position on homosexuality.

  • http://emergingpensees.blogspot.com/ Mike C

    Mike C, what is your Church’s position on homosexuality.

    We don’t have one. We welcome a diversity of opinions and encourage dialogue about it. Our only guideline is love – no matter what our opinions are we must treat both homosexuals and those whose opinions about it differ from ours with love.

    It’s a crazy experiment but so far it’s working. We have conservatives in our church who definitely still think it’s a sin to be gay, but those same people were able to pray for and bless our church member who left to go on the Soulforce Equality Ride this past spring.

  • Vincent

    Not Glatze, though. In one interview, he said he was “repulsed by the thoughts of sex with a man.”

    What about thoughts of sex with a woman?
    If he’s just repulsed by sex in general, he’s not straight.
    Has he subscribed to Playboy yet?
    (actually he’s unlikely to for political reasons regardless as it has a very humanist/libertarian position).

  • http://www.matsonwaggs.wordpress.com Kelly

    It’s too bad that he felt so bad about himself (and I’m guessing it wasn’t just because he was gay, but other lifestyle issues) that he felt the need to punish himself by aligning with the people that hate his lifestyle most. Think about it, most people in the gay community (depending on where they live) are probably familiar with gay friendly churches-yet this guy ends up with this damaging, hateful dogma. I feel sad for him.

  • http://off-the-map.org/atheist/ Siamang

    I once worked on a straight magazine. And it caused me to be straight. I’m convinced it was the magazine that did it.

    Magazines are magic.

  • Maria

    We don’t have one. We welcome a diversity of opinions and encourage dialogue about it. Our only guideline is love – no matter what our opinions are we must treat both homosexuals and those whose opinions about it differ from ours with love.

    It’s a crazy experiment but so far it’s working. We have conservatives in our church who definitely still think it’s a sin to be gay, but those same people were able to pray for and bless our church member who left to go on the Soulforce Equality Ride this past spring.

    Wow Mike C, that’s pretty good. I hope more churches do this………..

  • Logos

    Yeah, good on Ya! Mike C

  • Miko

    I once worked on a straight magazine. And it caused me to be straight. I’m convinced it was the magazine that did it.

    I once worked on a magazine that was printed on paper. And you don’t even want to know what that did to me. :-)

  • Logos

    his former magazine has issued a statement
    http://www.ygamag.com/glatze.html

  • Maria

    I once worked on a magazine that was printed on paper. And you don’t even want to know what that did to me.

    LOL, that’s great

  • Richard Wade

    Looks like there’ll soon be enough staff for a magazine for ex-gays. Maybe they could call it Straightened Out. Then when enough survivors of the bogus cure-you-of-your-gayness clinics amass we’ll see a magazine for ex-ex-gays. Maybe it’ll be called Gay Again. Is there a magazine for ex-Christians? Like Lost Weekly? That’s sure to be followed by Lost and Found for ex-Christians who go back. What about a magazine called Reformed Rednecks for ex-anti-gay bigots who feel sorry for what they did but don’t want to be thought of as gay? For people who start out gay, find God, turn straight, then turn gay again but still want to keep the God part there could be a magazine called Gays for God. What about straight atheists who find God but turn gay in the process? Their magazine might be called Formerly Faithless Fundie Fags. Agnostics who are bi-sexual would need a magazine called Maybe Men.

    Like Andy Warholl’s idea about everyone in the world eventually getting 15 minutes of fame, there may eventually be enough specialty magazines for every possible category in the world with no more than 15 subscribers each.

  • Karen

    ROTFL Richard!!! :-)

    My fundie mother was a loving, caring person but rather on the prudish, unemotional WASPy side. Her favorite phrase, when I was going through the typical teen girl angst stuff, was “Karen, get yourself straightened out! Little did she know she could’ve have coined a great magazine title!
    ;-)