Anyone with half a brain could tell you that conversion therapy—a process meant to somehow make gay people straight—is a load of crap. Not only does human sexuality not work that way, it’s also an incredibly harmful and discriminatory practice that can have fatal consequences for those forced to undergo it. That’s basically the conclusion that McKrae Game, founder of one of America’s largest conversion therapy organizations, has come to himself as he now openly lives his life as a gay man.
Game founded Hope for Wholeness, a South Carolina ministry aimed at eradicating gayness altogether. He was fired from the organization two years ago, but it took him until this past summer to come out of the closet and announce that he’s actually gay himself. Not only that, but the 51-year-old now admits that conversion therapy doesn’t work and actually does more harm than good.
“Conversion therapy is not just a lie, but it’s very harmful because it’s false advertising,” he told The Post and Courier.
It’s reported that more than 700,000 gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender adults have had conversion therapy, according to a 2018 study by UCLA’s Williams Institute. The result? None of them were magically straight afterward, but incidences of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts did dramatically increase.
Now, Game wants to make amends for the damage he’s caused in the lives of so many.
I wanted to know how he would reckon with the trauma he inflicted on generations of queer people. Now, he’s disavowing the movement he helped fuel. My final story for @postandcourier https://t.co/4zXkJQLdLa
— Michael Majchrowicz (@mjmajchrowicz) August 31, 2019
“I was a religious zealot that hurt people,” he admitted. “People said they attempted suicide over me and the things I said to them. People, I know, are in therapy because of me. Why would I want that to continue?”
However, Game admitted that despite his past, the gay community has been overwhelmingly supportive of him and have largely welcomed him in the community, a gesture which he feels unworthy of in many ways.
“Most people in the gay community have treated me ridiculously kind, liking me for me now and not who I was. And I hope they just give me the chance to talk to them so I can hear them out and apologize,” Game said, adding that he will likely be apologizing for the rest of his life.
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