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Gay Conversion Therapy Group Founder Comes Out As Gay Himself: 'I Was Wrong, Please Forgive Me'

Gay Conversion Therapy Group Founder Comes Out As Gay Himself: 'I Was Wrong, Please Forgive Me'

After perpetuating a dangerous therapy treatment that has left thousands of LGTBQ+ folk in disarray, Game came out in an emotional Facebook post.

McKrae Game is the founder of gay conversion therapy group Hope for Wholeness in South Carolina. The network was established in 1999 as an affiliate of Exodus International and "encourages the church to stand boldly and graciously on the truth of scripture with regard to homosexuality." Game was at the forefront of the group's bogus mission. However, in a controversial post uploaded to social media platform Facebook last week, the founder revealed that he was, in fact, gay. He also took the opportunity to apologize for his wrongdoings and perpetuating hate against the LGBTQ+ community. Additionally, in an interview with The Post and Courier published on Saturday, August 31, he claimed that conversion therapy was "a lie" and "false advertising," The Hill reports.



 

His Facebook post read: 20 years in ex-gay ministry. I WAS WRONG! Please forgive me! Unpacking the memories. In the discussions leading up to The Post and Courier coming to interview me, I’d told the young reporter that I’d still not unpacked [my things] from my having been fired. "It was just too painful. I’ve just been putting it off." It all had been stacked up in our home office, which is a wreck, thus [I took] it all up to the den. The young reporter asked, "Would you be willing to let us film you and [let] me talk to [you] while [you] go through the boxes?" He had agreed.



 

The post continued: It was very cathartic going through the boxes, explaining each item, book, and picture, including one of me and Joseph Nicolosi—author of Reparative Therapy and late director of NARTH, Joe Dallas, and my counselor Dan Garvin of Solid Rock. I went through each item, one at a time...  He asked me why I’d keep [some of] the items. I said, “That was 20 [to] 26 years (20 in ministry leadership) of my life, it’s a large part of me (though it's like a distant memory). I will want to keep them to remember.” The memories aren’t all bad. There [are] many good memories. But I certainly regret where I caused harm. I know that creating the organization that still lives was in a large way causing harm. Creating a catchy slogan that put out a very misleading idea of “Freedom from homosexuality through Jesus Christ” was definitely harmful. Promoting the triadic model that blamed parents and conversion or prayer therapy, that made many people believe that their orientation was wrong, bad, sinful, evil, and worse, that they could change was absolutely harmful. People [attempted] suicide because of me and these teachings and ideals. I told people they were going to Hell if they didn’t stop, and these were professing Christians! This was probably my [worst] wrongful act. At one time I was working with so many [youths] that I had a weekly youth group where they’d share why they were there, and I would guide them in how to not be gay. What a sad commentary of my past verses today, or a bad joke as many may see it. I believe all of these young men are now out/gay.



 

Game concluded:  I plan to communicate with anyone, including media, that wants to speak with me. I’ll take advantage of any opportunity I get to share my experiences and my belief that ex-gay ministry and conversion therapy IS HARMFUL... The very harmful cycle of self-shame and condemnation has to stop. It’s literally killing people! Learn to love. Learn to love yourself and others. While it is momentous that the founder of such a group would come forward to admit its failings, the harm has already been done. According to UCLA’s Williams Institute, almost 700,000 adult LGTBQ+ folk have been initiated into some form of conversion therapy, which is sure to have detrimental lasting effects. There is much work to be done, and Game must do his part to erase the harm he has caused.


 
 
 
 
 
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