John M. Becker

Former 'Ex-Gay' Spokesman John Paulk Slams Rick Perry

Filed By John M. Becker | June 20, 2014 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: conversion therapy, ex-gay, ex-gay myth, false equivalency, John Paulk, pray away the gay, reparative therapy, Rick Perry

"There was a time in my life when I used to sound a lot like Rick Perry. In fact, for more than ten years I was one of the nation's leading spokesmen for the 'ex-gay' movement. I traveled the country telling audiences that being gay was a preventable condition, and it could be treated if only you followed a simple plan, obeyed God and sought repentance for your sins. 'Ladies and gentlemen, homosexuality is not a genetic, inborn condition,' I would say. 'It is the result of traceable causes that, once unraveled, can bring about understanding and transformation in the life of one who is motivated and submitted to God.'

"But I was in denial. It wasn't in fact true, any of it. Worse than being wrong, it was harmful to many people--and caused me years of pain in my own life. Which is why I have this to say to the Rick Perrys of the world: You don't understand this issue. At all."

-- Former "ex-gay" poster boy John Paulk -- who apologized last year for the harm he caused and recanted his claims that homosexuality can be changed -- hitting back at Rick Perry's recent comparison of homosexuality with alcoholism and revealing more of his story in a must-read piece in Politico Magazine.

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