‘I Hurt People’—Conversion Therapy Leader Renounces, Comes Out as Gay

In 1999, McKrae Game founded a group based on the Exodus International organization called Truth Ministry. Truth Ministry grew into one of the largest conversion therapy groups in the US. These organizations taught that gay men and women could change their sexual orientations through prayer and psychotherapy. Exodus disbanded in 2013 because its leaders believed they were doing more harm than good. At that time, Game changed the name of his group to “Hope for Wholeness,” but carried on.

In 2017, Game was fired by the organization’s board of directors.

In June, Game came out publicly as gay.

In a video from Charleston, SC newspaper, Post and Courier, Game discusses his “severed ties with the conversion therapy movement” and how he is “trying to come to terms with the harm he inflicted while also learning to embrace a world and community he assailed for most of his adult life.”

Game told the Post and Courier he now believes ex-gay therapy is a lie. “Conversion therapy is not just a lie, but it’s very harmful.”

Game, 51, is married to a woman. He describes telling his wife that his “attractions [to men] are worse than they ever were. I struggled more so trying to deny them than being able to accept my attractions and just say, you know, I’m a gay man.”

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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Elizabeth Vaughn. It was originally published at RedState, title and image changed.]



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