The founder of an organization that practiced “conversion therapy” to turn gay people straight has announced that he’s gay, renounced the use of conversion therapy and now thinks the entire practice should be outlawed. He says he feels sorry for the “very harmful cycle of self shame and condemnation” his work helped foster.
McKrae Game wants people to know that he was wrong about all of it.
He was wrong to found Hope for Wholeness Network, a faith-based conversion therapy program that seeks to rid people of their LGBTQ identities. He was wrong to create a slogan promoting the idea of “freedom from homosexuality through Jesus Christ.” He was wrong to tell people they were doomed for all eternity if they didn’t change their ways.
After 20 years working in that field, Game said he realizes the harm he has caused and that he, himself, is gay. Conversion therapy encompasses a widely discredited range of methods that purport to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity. The practice is illegal in 18 states and the District.
“It’s all in my past, but many, way TOO MANY continue believing that there is something wrong with themselves and wrong with people that choose to live their lives honestly and open as gay, lesbian, trans, etc.,” Game, 51, wrote on Facebook last week. “The very harmful cycle of self shame and condemnation has to stop.”
Bravo. We need more like him, those who realize how damaging ex-gay conversion therapy is to people. It tells gay people that they can be “healed” of their homosexuality through Jesus. And when that doesn’t happen, they blame themselves and it just spirals into a cycle of shame and self-hatred.