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Christian’s year of living 'gay' leads to dramatic change, sparks controversy
December 2nd, 2012
06:45 AM ET

Christian’s year of living 'gay' leads to dramatic change, sparks controversy

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) - Timothy Kurek’s motivation to spend a year pretending to be gay can be boiled down to a simple conviction: it takes drastic change to alter deeply held religious beliefs.

The experiment began after a lesbian friend opened up to Kurek about being excommunicated by her family. All Kurek, an avowed evangelical Christian, could think about, he says, “was trying to convert her.”

He was quickly disgusted by his own feelings, more pious than humane.

In fact, Kurek was so disgusted by his response to his friend that he decided to do something drastic. Living in Nashville, Tennessee, he would pretend to be gay for a year. The experiment began on the first day of 2009; Kurek came out to his family, got a job as a barista at a gay café and enlisted the help of a friend to act as his boyfriend in public.

The experience – which stopped short of Kurek getting physically intimate with other men - is documented in Kurek’s recent book “The Cross in the Closet,” which has received international attention, landed him on ABC’s "The View" and elicited some biting criticism.

The book is the latest entry on a growing list of experiential tomes revolving around religion. They include Rachel Held Evans’ recent “A Year of Biblical Womanhood,” in which the author follows the Bible’s instructions on women’s behavior and Ed Dobson’s “The Year of Living Like Jesus,” which had the author “eat as Jesus ate. Pray as Jesus prayed. Observe the Sabbath as Jesus observed.”

For Kurek, his year as a gay man radically changed his view of faith and religion, while also teaching him “what it meant to be a second class citizen in this country.”

A yearlong lie

For years, Kurek says, the only life he had was “his church life.” Being an evangelical Christian was his identity.

He was home-schooled until seventh grade, almost all of his friends were from church and his social life was a nightly string of faith-based events, from church sports to a Christian Cub Scout troop. “It was the only thing I was used to doing,” said Kurek, who attended Liberty University, the largest evangelical university in the world, before dropping out after freshman year.

Kurek grew up in an “independent Baptist church.” “We were evangelical,” he said, “but we were more conservative than evangelical, too.”

His churchy lifestyle led to some deeply held views about homosexuality. Most evangelical churches condemn homosexuality as sinful. Many rail against certain gay rights, like gay marriage.

“I had been taught to be wary of gays,” Kurek writes of his beliefs pre-experiment. “They were all HIV positive, perverts and liberal pedophiles.”

Those views began to be challenged in 2004, when he first encountered Soulforce, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights group, on Liberty’s campus. The group made the school an important stop on its cross-country tour targeting colleges that they alleged treated LGBT people unfairly.

Kurek was struck by what he had in common with the protesters at Liberty. “It really impressed me that people who were coming to push their agenda were able to do it and be so nice about it,” he said.

His doubt about Christianity’s condemnation of homosexuality, Kurek writes, was “perfected” in 2008, when a close friend recounted the story of coming out to her family and being disowned.

“I betrayed her, then,” writes Kurek. “It was a subtle betrayal, but a cruel one: I was silent.”

His recognition of that betrayal, he writes, led him to believe that “I needed to come out of the closet as a gay man.”

“I believe in total immersion,” Kurek says in an interview. “If you are going to walk in other people’s shoes, then you are going to need to walk in your shoes.”

To ensure the purity of his project, Kurek says, he had to lie to his deeply religious family about being gay, something that troubled him throughout the year.

“I felt like they loved me but they didn’t know how to deal with me,” he says. “They didn’t understand how to handle having a gay brother or sibling.”

In the book, Kurek recounts learning that his mother wrote in her journal that she would rather have been diagnosed with cancer than have a gay son. That experience and others left Kurek feeling outcast by people he loved, confused about his new life and conflicted about past religious beliefs.

Kurek was living a lie. And even though he was conflicted by his family’s reaction to his new lifestyle, he was longing to be honest with them.

The response

It’s no surprise that the “The Cross in the Closet,” has spurred strong reaction, especially from the LGBT community.

“I feel for the gay community of Nashville, and for every person who trusted Kurek enough to flirt with him, hang out with him, and confide in him about their lives,” wrote Amy Lieberman on the blog Feministing. “If I were in that community, I would feel so betrayed right now.”

In a Huffington Post blog post titled “Pretending To Be Gay Isn’t The Answer,” Emily Timbol, a religion blogger, expressed a similar opinion: “What's sad is that every interaction Timothy had during his year pretending was fake.”

“He was welcomed under false pretenses, acting like someone who understood the struggle that his LGBT friends faced,” she wrote. “He did not.”

But Kurek says that that was not his aim. “This isn't a book about being gay, I could not write that book, I am not qualified,” he writes. “What this is about is the label of gay and how that label affected me personally.”

Throughout the book, Kurek emphasizes that distinction. While much of “The Cross in the Closet” is about the struggle to understand the gay community, which he tries to address by enlisting a friend to act as his boyfriend, much of it addresses how his former church’s community – and family – reacted to his new lifestyle.

“I am actually not friends or in contact at all with 99.99% of the people that I grew up with or the churches that I grew up with,” Kurek says.

Kurek says he isn’t opposed to interacting with people from his "former" life. When he has run into members of his old church, he said he generally has quick, cordial conversations and moves on.

But some of the new distance is by choice. When Kurek’s mother told a friend in her church that her son was gay, the person said Kurek’s sexuality could jeopardize his mother's standing in the church.

The evangelical community has remained fairly mum throughout much of the reaction; most responses have come from Christians who are in some way connected to the LGBT community.

The change

Though Kurek goes to church less now, primarily because he has yet to find one that feels like “home,” he says he feels more religious “in the biblical definition of religion.” He still considers himself a Christian, although no longer evangelical, and says he is interested in attending the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in the future.

Kurek quotes James 1:27 from the New Testament: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”

There’s no mention of organized religion in passages like that, and Kurek says it’s the institutions of religion that worry him most today. He talks about his once robust church life as a distant memory.

Living as a gay man jaded him to religion, he says, though he has not surrendered all of his former beliefs. Yes, Kurek says, he is struggling with certain points of his theology, but he has been looking for the right church. “I am trying to figure out what place in the body of Christ I fit in,” he said.

As for his original goal, to radically change who he was, Kurek says mission accomplished. He says he has conquered his prejudices of the LGBT community and is happy with the person he has become.

“If anybody had told me back then who I would be or what I would believe now,” Kurek said, “I would have thought they were completely insane.”

For example, Kurek now thinks homosexuality is completely acceptable.

His family is happy to know that he is not gay, says Kurek. He has a new set of friends. And he lives in Portland, Oregon, where he moved shortly after finishing his experimental year.

The author plans to donate part of the proceeds from his book to help LGBT homeless youth who have been rejected by their families.

He is now at work on a book proposal for a follow-up to “The Cross in the Closet.” The book will be about the years after his experiment, transitioning back to honest living while continuing to engage the LGBT community.

“I want to tell more stories,” he says “and humanize the people who Christians always want to look at as labels.”

- Dan Merica

Filed under: Belief • Faith • Homosexuality • Sexuality • Uncategorized

soundoff (3,659 Responses)
  1. Djingo

    Yeah, this was all a "planned experiment." Five years from now this guy will be in a civil union with someone. Sounds like a simple case of buyer's remorse to me. He came out, found out he was ostracised by his god fearing family & friends, then promptly and awkwardly tried to step back into the closet, with apologies to the Nashville LGBT community.

    December 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • Patrick

      Don't think so. If he really was gay, after going through all that, he'd just be gay.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Saraswati

      The guy had other people in. on it from the start. Just because you wouldn't be willing to do it, doesn't mean someone else isn't up for the challenge. I can't imaging doing a six month stint in the South Pole, but I know a few people who view it as the challenge of a lifetime. I'm glad we have these people.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  2. opwernby

    Christianity is the belief that god gave birth to himself so he could sacrifice himself to himself and then return to himself. There was, apparently, a "holy spirit" involved as well. I choose to believe that the holy spirit in question was Absinthe, since it's the only spirit around able to damage one's brain sufficiently for the above to make sense - you could always try being three years old: apparently, that makes you more receptive to this sort of nonsense - that didn't work on me, but apparently it does on some people. Go figure.

    December 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • love

      His s=Son was a form of God in the flesh to live and experiance life and hardship as all who he created do ...whats so hard to understand about that...When my son was born he bears my blood and in a sense is a part of me ....is that impossible as you say....Jesus was a man who died on a cross, our entire calender and year system is run by His death 2012 AD is 2012 years after Jesus's death....He sacrificed himself for all, I for one joy in my heart greater than any thing in the world knowing that he loved us that much ...

      December 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • QS

      "Jesus was a man who died on a cross, our entire calender and year system is run by His death 2012 AD is 2012 years after Jesus's death..."

      LMFAO!

      December 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • Cnn responder

      If that is what the Bible truly says it would be nonsense and Jesus would have a mental disorder. The Bible really teaches that in fact Jesus is the son of God. Jesus said himself that the father is greater that I John 14:28. Now does this make sense The Creator, Sent his son, to Serve as a savior to his human creation who had ( against their will sold into sin and death Romans 5:12.) now read 1John 4:14 says God sent his son as a savior of the world. The Bible doesn't say God came as a savior of the world but that he sent his son. It doesn't even make sense that God would turn himself into a baby
      name himself Jesus have imperfect parents when he himself is perfect. Because God is immortal, how would die for humankind? That would be impossible.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • Tod

      love
      Jesus was a man, like many thousands living in the Roman Empire, who was executed upon a cross. He was also a rabbi, albeit one of the wiser examples handed down to us through history.

      Now, do you believe that he was just a man sacrificing himself of his own accord, the son of a god just following orders, or an immortal making the token gesture of shedding a human life that was just as brief and meaningful to him as your Wii Mii?

      December 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • Tod

      "His death 2012 AD is 2012 years after Jesus's death."
      Isn't the year supposed to indicate how many years since his birth? Besides, we have days of the week and months named after other gods. Doesn't "mean" anything, right?

      December 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
  3. QS

    I believe that because people tend to turn a blind eye to the wrongs that religion causes this story hits religious people a little too close to home.

    Religious people especially want to believe, as they've been indoctrinated to believe, that their religion and beliefs are wholly good and benevolent. They are taught from a young age to not question these beliefs because that, too, is a sin. Convenient, no?

    Religion's approach seems to be eerily similar to the mentality of the tobacco industry – hook 'em while they're young.

    I applaud the author for not only stepping out of his own comfort zone to conduct this experiment, but also for being objective enough about the results to be able to recognize and acknowledge just what religion is truly about.

    December 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • lol??

      Citizens of ye olde USA have been experimented on by the Beast at times, without their knowledge. Those uppity PUblic Servants stretch the leash continually.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
    • Impossible

      lol???
      Please show one time when the people of the USA have been experimented on by your fict itious demon. PLease site verifyable evidence.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • lol??

      http://news.yahoo.com/secret-cold-war-tests-st-louis-raise-concerns-214608828.html

      December 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
    • Impossible

      Lol
      I don't see where this involved your demon....try again

      December 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • lol??

      Impossible, you're just a bully with demons. How many times are ya gonna move the progressive line?

      December 3, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  4. paulhsimon

    Kudos to Timothy for exploring and then revising his beliefs based on this experience. Would have been better for him to been involved with the gay community without posing. However, I can't imagine the agony he suffered of misleading his family as well.

    December 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • QS

      I think that was the most beneficial part of his experience was having to lie to his family....as this is essentially what religious people do to their gay children all the time – force them to live a lie!

      December 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  5. LVSam

    What a brilliant plan to make money! Instead of converting that first friend, he literally decides to chase fame and fortune. Something about manna and serving two masters comes to mind..... Applause for the brilliance of the scheme.

    December 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
    • Patrick

      You just don't get it do you. The lesson was empathy. You need to learn it. Christ emphasized it.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • lol??

      I think it's called "going undercover" in the 4th estate's world. There are limits, I suppose. But not shown yet.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  6. Jerry

    Unfortunately maybe the key here is that he wasn't being true to who he was in the first place. Was this experiment done with discernment, really? Would Christ have come up with a more compassionate way to serve outsiders and outcasts? That's a huge question.

    Let me say as a non-Evangelical, this country is awash with literalism that poisons everything and all discourse. The Bible, especially the Gospels, is not meant as a science textbook or history lesson but it is Scripture: Scripture works in thousands of ways, reminding us of thousands of new facets of faith each time we look at it. The Church Fathers of the 4th Century did not do commentary as literalist interpreters! Let us please learn about the roots of the early Church and how to look at Scripture properly.

    December 3, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  7. Job 13:28

    I'm thankful this guy has the modivation to walk in someone's shoes. Why cry foul when he's at least trying to look at it from another perspective? Sure, he wrote a book but who wants to read it? It's not as if many, many gays pretend to be straight...

    December 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • LVSam

      I think this is very simple - he wanted to be rich and famous, and he is now.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • sam stone

      so, you feel this guy is rich now?

      December 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  8. Sean

    I can understand some people feeling lied to but this doesn't seem to be much different than Black Like Me. I support his decision to see things from the other side as Evangelism seems to be a very hateful version of Christianity. I am also happy that he has learned from his experience.

    December 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  9. Both sides of the story

    I love gays. I love them so much (just as Jesus does) that I dont want them to be eternally punished for a lifestyle meant for a man and woman. I used to have gay encounters and I realized now that it was all about lust and pleasure. Turn away from that lifestyle becuase even if you dont believe it, Hell is real, people without Jesus go there everyday, and Jesus' heart aches in pain knowing this. It is never too late to turn to the truth.

    December 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • Both sides of the story

      I welcome all the negative and disrespectful responses. It only fuels me more to tell others about Christ. Thank you and God bless you. May the Holy Spirit convict you of your sin as he did to me.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Patrick

      Sorry to break this to you, but straight people don't find lust and pleasure with the same gender, they find those things with the opposite gender.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • Patrick

      We've had the ability to accurately and affordably test people's $exuality in a lab setting since the 1950s. And in all that time, not one person has ever been able to show that their $exuality changed during the course of their lifetime. Not from gay to straight, not from straight to gay, not even from gay to bi$exual. Not through theraputic means and not through religious means. Also, there have been tons of studies done on ho mo $exuality – if it was a choice there would be precursors to that choice leading someone to want to be attracted to the same gender or leading them to actually having attraction for the same gender – yet not one study has ever found any precursor or cause.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Patrick

      As for imagining that things like this are the "Word of God":

      Leviticus 25:44 “‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. 45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. 46 You can bequeath them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.

      Exodus 21:20 “Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be punished if the slave dies as a direct result, 21 but they are not to be punished if the slave recovers after a day or two, since the slave is their property.

      Genesis 19:33 That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and slept with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.

      34 The next day the older daughter said to the younger, “Last night I slept with my father. Let’s get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and sleep with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.” 35 So they got their father to drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went in and slept with him. Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.

      36 So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father.

      Deuteronomy 22:28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and r@pes her and they are discovered, 29 he shall pay her father fifty shekels of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.

      Genesis 19:8 Look, I have two daughters who have never slept with a man. Let me bring them out to you, and you can do what you like with them. But don’t do anything to these men, for they have come under the protection of my roof.”

      1 Timothy 2:11 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.

      1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

      34 Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.

      Matthew 19: (Jesus Speaking) 9 I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for $ ex ual immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

      1 Corinthians 7:10 To the married I give this command (not I, but the Lord): A wife must not separate from her husband. 11 But if she does, she must remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband. And a husband must not divorce his wife.

      Numbers 31: (Moses Speaking) 15 “Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them. 16 “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the LORD in the Peor incident, so that a plague struck the LORD’s people. 17 Now ki11 all the boys. And ki11 every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

      2 Kings 6:27 The king replied, “If the LORD does not help you, where can I get help for you? From the threshing floor? From the winepress?” 28 Then he asked her, “What’s the matter?”

      She answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him today, and tomorrow we’ll eat my son.’ 29 So we cooked my son and ate him. The next day I said to her, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him,’ but she had hidden him.”

      Well the scriptures speak for themselves...

      December 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • Patrick

      If you're a bi se xual who is just choosing to only have relationships with the opposite gender. No problem. If you're gay and you're having romantic relationships with people of the opposite gender who you aren't even attracted to, using them, then shame on you. Learn this man's lesson of empathy. Put yourself in the victim's shoes. Would you want your daughter or sister in a relationship with a man who isn't even attracted to them??? That's sickening and wrong.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
    • Both sides of the story

      Really Patrick? So what I experienced, I must have made up correct? Imagine that, after all this time.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • sam stone

      "even if you dont believe it, Hell is real"

      even if you do believe it, Hell is a myth.

      "Jesus' heart aches in pain knowing this. It is never too late to turn to the truth."

      Demonstratably false.

      god is omniscient.
      god knows who will be saved and who will not
      god created those who will accept his son/himself anyway
      for what reason, other than to torture people?

      December 3, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • Outsider

      "Hell is real, people without Jesus go there everyday, and Jesus' heart aches in pain knowing this." Please cite your sources

      December 3, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Both sides of the story

      You're the perfect example of those who google "conflicting" Bible passages, copies and pastes and yet have never actually taken the time to read or let alone understand its message. Jesus still loves you and so will I. God bless you and your family.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • Patrick

      @Both sides – I'm not saying you made anything up unless you're actually claiming that you've somehow changed your $exual attractions. And if that's the case, do tell. Have you taken a plethysmograph to show the actual change? You could make millions if you have.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • QS

      "I welcome all the negative and disrespectful responses. It only fuels me more to tell others about Christ. Thank you and God bless you. May the Holy Spirit convict you of your sin as he did to me."

      This is the problem with religious zealots – their beliefs convince them that by being disgusting to others their religion has deemed somehow unworthy they are actually doing something good.

      They also like to hurl offensive language and insults thinly veiled in their religious mumbo-jumbo like "sin" at us while declaring that because of their beliefs, we cannot stand up to that language in kind.

      Religion and morality are not synonymous – Both Sides proves that beyond any doubt.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Patrick

      And if you're claiming that straight people are aroused by the same gender, for God's sakes, talk to some of them. They'll clear that up for you pretty quick. An plethysmograph studies make it clear that 90% of the population has absolutely no arousal towards the same gender.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
    • Both sides of the story

      Praise Jesus for all your comments. He loves you and wants the best for you. God only reveals himself to those who wish to find him. I will pray for him to bless you despite your hatred for Him, because it is for sinners he died in the first place. Please grab a Bible and start reading from Matthew and find out who Jesus really was. Merry Christmas to all of you.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • Patrick

      @Both sides – typical response. The holy spirit convicts you and gives you wisdom, just not enough to explain how even one of those verses could have possibly come from God.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • Patrick

      "Praise Jesus for all your comments. He loves you and wants the best for you. God only reveals himself to those who wish to find him. I will pray for him to bless you despite your hatred for Him, because it is for sinners he died in the first place. Please grab a Bible and start reading from Matthew and find out who Jesus really was. Merry Christmas to all of you."

      Typical. Hate to break this one to you too. I have no hate for Jesus. It's just a shame though that you have all this belief and want to spout your views, yet when you get pressed on actual scripture, for some reason you have no explanation and just take off. Clearly someone who wants to live in a tiny bubble. Merry Christmas to you too though. Just realize that the greatest gifts God gave you are a spirit a heart and a brain, all of which you can use to help you discern right from wrong.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • sam stone

      that was supposed to read "god made those who will not accept his son as a savior, anyway"

      December 3, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
    • Patrick

      If being gay really is a choice, then where are all the ho mose xuals that figured out how to choose to be straight again? Or maybe even at least some gays turned bi s exual by being able to develop genuine attraction to the opposite $ex – who are now faithfully in an opposite $ex relationship? Why aren't they ever on here telling us how they did it?

      December 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • Both sides of the story

      I didnt change my sinful desires, Jesus did. You cannot comprehend this because you dont know Him and because you chose not to believe in Him. God bless you.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • snowboarder

      hell is an imaginary place with which to frighten the children.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
    • Patrick

      @Both sides – And so now you can honestly say that if you took a plethysmograph test you'd show no attraction at all to the same gender even though you once were obviously attracted to the same gender?

      December 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Both sides of the story

      @Patrick I know some people that have turned from being gay, but because they chose to believe Jesus and "decided" to turn away from the lifestyle. Life is about choices, you choose to either follow Jesus or reject him. You chose everything in life with the exceptions of what gender you are, who your parents are and things of similar nature. I will also gladly answer any direct questions you have about Scripture. But i can guarantee you will not accept my explanation

      December 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • sam

      Both sides – you are not a very original or clever troll.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
    • Both sides of the story

      And i wasnt attracted to the same gender, I just found nothng wrong with it at the time since I was forced to do something on another man when I was 5 years old. My mind became programmed that there was nothing wrong with it.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • Patrick

      Why would you do it if you weren't attracted to another man and thus couldn't get any enjoyment out of it? People are highly uncomfortable being intimate with someone they aren't attracted to which is why it almost never happens unless someone is being paid money or something. How could lust and pleasure, as you described earlier, even be a part of it if you had no arousal for the other person? That's not even ho mo se xuality, that's something weird that you just need to get therapy for.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Patrick

      My mind is programmed to believe that there's nothing wrong with eating brussels sprouts. But I'm still not going to eat them. I don't like them.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • Both sides of the story

      My explanations dont fit your expectations. Sorry for that. I know what I lived. God bless you.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
    • QS

      Your expectations don't fit your explanations.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Patrick

      And I should say that I'm very very sorry that you went through being molested. No one should ever have to experience that and I thank God that I didn't. But you really need to see a therapist about it. Being molested can create a same gender paraphilia in a straight person that isn't the same as biological bi se xuality...and the truth is that if you're biologically straight you do much better to get past that and spend your life exclusively straight. Your spirituality may have helped you out with that already. Also people who are abused develop paraphilias that can include wanting to redirect abuse on someone else because they find that arousing or a paraphilia where they experience arousal by anything that they deem as "dirty" or "filthy" or "wrong", which is more situational and not directed towards one gender or the other. That can also be worked through. But don't imagine for a second that you used to be gay or bi and now you're straight. That's just not true.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
    • Patrick

      My explanations dont fit your expectations. Sorry for that. I know what I lived. God bless you.

      God bless you too. And I've heard some good background that I think you're brave to share. But I really haven't heard much "explanation". At least not honest explanation. And if you're on the side of truth, I'd think you could lay it all out on the table where we could see it. People don't have $ex just because they believe "it's not wrong". People do it because they want to do it. And there's a reason that they want to do it. And that's what we haven't heard from you. You've denied that you're attracted to the same gender (as all gay and bi se xual people are) but you haven't said what motivated you to have $ex with the same gender.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Both sides of the story

      I posted a long response and it didnt post. lol. darn it!!!

      December 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
    • Patrick

      @Both sides – I hate it when that happens. I always try to remember to copy my post so I can paste it and figure out what word kept it from going through, but sure enough, when it's a big long post I forget to copy and UGH!!!

      December 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  10. JD

    It's a shame this guy had to pose as gay to get the positive understanding he did. I recently started dating someone with strong ties to the gay community and found that they accept me as I am (a straight guy) and I am finding some really great friendships in there without pretending I'm gay. That was his mistake but seeing where he came from I can certainly understand his reasoning even if I don't agree with it. I find that there are many things I agree with in the gay community and several I don't but it doesn't change the fact that they are my new friends and they accept me as equally as I accept them.

    December 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Patrick

      I think you missed the point. He could have easily just befriended gay people. He wanted to go further for the sake of a social study and empathy. I think it was valuable.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • QS

      For some reason, some people are seeing this experiment as a story about the gay community – like this guy was trying to pretend to be gay to expose some sinister, underlying hatred in the gay community of others not like them....when in fact, the story is about those who ignorantly perpetuate negative stereotypes and prejudices about gay people via their religion.

      In order to expose the hatred within his religious community, he had to fully embrace living his life as a gay person to get the full, truthful response from his friends and family....and he got it.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
    • lol??

      Patsy, empathy is taught by fathers, They have been "ruled" out in americult. Viva da socie state, da new daddy on the block!

      December 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • Patrick

      @lol?? – Empathy is taught by fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, pastors, teachers, grandparents...anyone that is a good person can and does teach empathy. You didn't know?

      December 3, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  11. Ryan

    Gay lifestyle is offensive and repulsive.

    December 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Horrible

      You are offensive and repulsive

      December 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • Observer

      There are plenty of s-xual and other habits of heteros that people find offensive and repulsive.

      Did you have ANY point?

      December 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • Which God?

      Hey Ryan. Newsflash. So are you and your bigotry.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • snowboarder

      ryan – nothing about being gay is repulsive, but your being an ignorant bigot is.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • sam stone

      then don't participate in it

      December 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • That's What's Up

      the closet cases always say things like that

      December 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • Tod

      I find judgmental Christian lifestyle offensive and repulsive too, but I accept them for what they are.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  12. cheezitschrist

    So in other words, a self-hating gay guy wanted an excuse to be around other gay guys for a year.

    December 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  13. mrjackson777

    This was done for attention and money. As a Christian his job was to love and not judge. If he could not do that without being "one of them" that's his problem.

    December 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • Ben

      "Not judge" against the prevailing bias against gays, you mean?

      December 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • That's What's Up

      actually it seems the first rule of christianity seems to be "I am so much better than you"

      December 3, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  14. Colin

    Are Evangelical Christians the stupidest people in the USA? Let's see:

    Q.1 The completely absurd theory that all 7,000,000,000 human beings on the planet are simultaneously being supervised 24 hours a day, every day of their lives by an immortal, invisible being for the purposes of reward or punishment in the “afterlife” comes from the religion of:

    (a) The ancient Celts;

    (b) Bronze Age Egyptians;

    (c) Pre-Colombian Aztecs; or

    (d) Modern Evangelical Christians

    Q. 2 You are about 70% likely to believe the entire Universe began less than 10,000 years ago with only one man, one woman and a talking snake if you are:

    (a) a reptile handler who has severe mental issues;

    (b) a five year old boy who just read a fairytale;

    (c) a scientific fraud; or

    (d) an Evangelical Christian

    Q. 3 I believe that an all-knowing being, powerful enough to create the entire cosmos and its billions of galaxies, watches me have $ex to make sure I don't do anything "naughty" like protect myself from disease with a condom. I am

    (a) A victim of child molestation

    (b) A r.ape victim trying to recover

    (c) A mental patient with paranoid delusions

    (d) An Evangelical Christian

    Q.4 I have convinced myself that gay $ex is a choice and not genetic, but then have no explanation as to why only gay people have ho.mo$exual urges. I am

    (a) A gifted psychologist

    (b) A well respected geneticist

    (c) A highly educated sociologist

    (d) An Evangelical Christian with the remarkable ability to ignore inconvenient facts.

    Q5. I honestly believe that, when I think silent thoughts like, “please god, help me pass my exam tomorrow,” some invisible being is reading my mind and will intervene and alter what would otherwise be the course of history in small ways to help me. I am

    (a) a delusional schizophrenic;

    (b) a naïve child, too young to know that that is silly

    (c) an ignorant farmer from Sudan who never had the benefit of even a fifth grade education; or

    (d) your average Evangelical Christian

    Q.6 The only discipline known to often cause people to kill others they have never met and/or to commit suicide in its furtherance is:

    (a) Architecture;

    (b) Philosophy;

    (c) Archeology; or

    (d) Religion

    Q.7 What is it that most differentiates science and all other intellectual disciplines from Evangelical Christianity:

    (a) Evangelical Christianity tells people not only what they should believe, but what they MUST believe under threat of “burning in hell” or other of divine retribution, whereas science, economics, medicine etc. has no “sacred cows” in terms of doctrine and go where the evidence leads them;

    (b) Evangelical Christianity can make a statement, such as “God is comprised of God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit”, and be totally immune from experimentation and challenge, whereas science can only make factual assertions when supported by considerable evidence;

    (c) Science and the scientific method is universal and consistent all over the World whereas Evangelical Christianity is regional and a person’s belief, no matter how deeply held, is clearly nothing more than geographical upbringing; or

    (d) All of the above.

    Q.8 If I am found wandering the streets flagellating myself, wading into a filth river, mutilating my child’s genitals or kneeling down in a church believing that a being is somehow reading my inner thoughts and prayers, I am likely driven by:

    (a) a deep psychiatric issue;

    (b) an irrational fear or phobia;

    (c) a severe mental degeneration caused by years of drug abuse; or

    (d) my religious belief.

    Q.9 Who am I? I don’t pay any taxes. I never have. Any money my organization earns is tax free at the federal, state and local level. Despite contributing nothing to society, but still enjoying all its benefits, I feel I have the right to tell others what to do. I am

    (a) A sleazy Wall Street banker

    (b) the mafia

    (c) A drug pusher; or

    (d) any given Evangelical Christian church

    Q.10 The statement “I believe in God because the Bible tells me to and the reason I follow the Bible is because it is the word of God” is:

    (a) Circular reasoning at its most obvious;

    (b) The reason 99% of Evangelical Christians believe what they do;

    (c) Specific to the Judeo-Christian parts of the World and totally rejected by all other parts of the World; or

    (d) All of the above.

    Q. 11 Probably the most fundamental tenet of Christian faith is that God sent his son Jesus to Earth to die and save us from the original sin of Adam and Eve. We now know that Adam and Eve was a myth. As such, any thinking Evangelical Christian should:

    (a) Honestly and courageously question this and any other aspects of their faith that don’t make sense.

    (b) Make up some euphemistic nonsense like “well, we didn’t mean that literally” after having done exactly that for the last 1900 years until science comprehensively disproved it.

    (c) Just ignore the blatant contradiction and sweep it under the mat; or

    (d) Hold on to the myth because it makes them feel good.

    December 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • lol??

      colin, why do use Judeo-Christian? Are you a feminist with ye olde mudder earth thing? hypHEN, hypHEN, hypHEN! Wise latina maMA, Wise latina maMA! Um, dude, Jesus gave the Israelis a bill of divorcement. He can't take em back, 'cept one at a time like anybody else. You must be born again.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • Keith

      God help your soul.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Which God?

      @lol. How could a fictioanl character give anything to anyone? jeebus never existed. Pilates records are extant. He makes no mention of your jeebus. Fake, like you and your religion.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • opwernby

      Q5: A. {d} is a subset of {a}.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • opwernby

      Q8: e. All of the above.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • Which God?

      Keith. Please show evidence of both, using the scientific method of proof. Bible not to be included.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:13 pm |
    • fred

      Colin
      "Q.11 We now know that Adam and Eve was a myth"
      =>given that you cannot know this we can dismiss your entire post given that you appear prone to delusional or typical atheist bias that has completely blinded you. Talk about circular reasoning. Your only possible evidence for Adam and Eve being myth is that you have extrapolated biological evolution theory into a world view of the origin of life, why we live in a fallen world and the reason for good and evil. Evolution is not the answer to origin of life and you should know that. Evolution is not the proven cause of our fallen world and you should know that. Given you bias towards naturalism and belief that we are but animals that die just as dogs die then you cannot assign good and evil upon an animal. Is a lion evil when kills off cubs not biologically his? A little consistency or intellectual honesty would be nice for a change.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
    • lol??

      colin, you don't understand "two shall be one flesh". No wonder you're pushin' hypHen-nation!

      December 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @fred

      Same crap over and over from you.You talk about circular reasoning, yet you use it throughout your post, taking the "fallen world" from your bible as truth in order to prove the fall from Adam and Eve. You're a complete failure fred, and you talking about science shows the complete lack of science education you've had.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • lol??

      BI-Colin is thinkin' with his girly side today. He can't stand, so look out! He be ticked.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • fred

      hawaiiguest
      Exactly how is Colin’s use of biologic evolution theory as the basis for non existence of Adam or Eve credible in anyway whatsoever? It requires faith in the unknown God of the Greeks to come up that leap. Atheists that attempt to extend biological evolution into a world view and internal belief as to origin of life are operating on the exact delusional thoughts as you accuse Christians of doing. You and Colin need to get a grip on the difference between the scientific method and the ways of God (regardless of whether you believe in God or not).

      December 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @fred

      Blah blah blah fred. When you demonstrate your god being true, then his "ways" would matter, until then, it's just more of the same idiocy from you. You have no room to talk about assumptions fred, because you make assumptions of your god existing every post. I don't really care what you think is true about evolution and your god, because you have no idea what you're talking about.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
    • Impossible

      Fred
      How can someone get a grip on the way of god, when god ( and all gods ever) was created by men, and all religious writings are created by men? No where in all of recorded history is there anything that was written by any gods. All was created by men. Whenever someone presumes to speak for a god, he must guess as to what his god would want, because there is nothing else to go by.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
    • love

      which one of those first choices had a person that we base our entire history in years on...jesus death,I believe its 2012 AD, 2012 years after Jesus, death he is the only one that has been exstensivly marked and written about in history in many other history books other than the Bible, from your list and read the bible you will find scripture that relates and is relevent to each prophesising hundreds of years apart and yet all fitting into the same story. I t also has wisdom beyond imagination, with a guide how to live a succesful and happy life, whle telling the story of sinful kings as well as a loving savior in Jesus...realize it Jesus did exist his stories of miracles and unending love and wisdom we can use in our lives today are right there in th bible...we base all present live of of Jesus s life including the biggest , happiest time of the year , where giving and loving and forgivng is the given out most generously "CHRISTMAS"..God Bless, ...

      December 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @"love"

      AHAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh post more, the stupidity in your post is hilarious!

      December 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • fred

      hawaiiguest
      Even C.S. Lewis thought Adam and Eve were not literal yet the best way to explain the purpose of our existence and our fallen world. We are not talking in terms of scientific method when addressing Adam and Eve. Is there something wrong with you this morning...........have you been Colonized with the intellectually dishonest?
      I know enough about evolution to know that not one shred of evidence is available that will answer the question of origin of life. I know enough about evolution to know that you cannot infer mechanics of biological evolution onto the evolution of morality in humans based on the theory that kindness is a necessary trait for the survival of the fittest. You need to check with a biology major and get some hints on how to keep you biology marbles in the biology bag and not get them comingled with theology and philosophy

      December 3, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
    • Impossible

      Fred
      You seem to conveniently overlook all of the research done that proves that what you call morality is present in many other species, not just humans. Elephants cry when they encounter bones of their fallen, rats will help each other when one is trapped, most animals will share food or nesting materials. Men aren't the only species that shows kindness and compassion. It has been shown that humans do not actually exhibit any behavior that is not also found elsewhere in nature.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @fred

      And I don't fucking care what C.S. Lewis thought.
      If you were honest, you wouldn't bring up origin of life with evolution because that's abiogenesis. This has been pointed out to you before, and you're still being disingenuous about this?
      If you're going to bring up evolution, don't claim you're talking about theology and philosophy you dishonest little punk.
      Like I've told you before, you're not good enough to be as dishonest as Chad, so don't try.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
    • fred

      Impossible
      Right on the nose! Jesus never wrote down anything and claimed to be God. This adds substance to your argument. Take careful note that even when Jesus did write something is was in the dirt and to this day no one knows what was written that turned away those were going to stone the women caught in adultery. No one then or now could trap Jesus with sillyness like gods cannot write. No matter where you go in the Bible skeptics are continually unable to see what God has written. Yet the righteous that live by faith not only see the Word of God they see the reality of God.

      God gave the Hebrew the responsibility to carry the revelations of God forward and those revelations were put into writing by Moses initially. God moves faith forward through generations through man which includes writing it down. I don’t know why God chose this method but God did.

      Perhaps Colin knows the answer. Let me see……oh yes see genetic information is passed down through DNA from generation to generation evolving over time. Take note there are no gaps or snapping of the fingers to suddenly create man with capacity for good or evil. Atheists evolved their morality and knowledge of good and evil personally by passing this written code from generation to generation. Ask Colin why his unknown god chose to use this code to transmit the knowledge of good and evil instead of Adam and Eve.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Impossible

      Fred
      There is no good and evil. All men have both and neither .It is only a concept again created by men, and the subject of philosophy, but not a real thing. The fact that we are a social animal, like most of the creatures on the planet, we have the need to help others, because we ultimately help ourselves. Take it to the extreme. Consider the slime mold. a single celled creature, but when there are millions of them , they show problem solving intelligence. Each individual in the group works with all of the others to acheive a common goal, but individually, there is no intelligence at all. You think that there is a god to explain everything, But there isn't. No real evidence exists, no god ever wrote down anything, Men did and falsely claimed it was god.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • fred

      Impossible
      Animals may exhibit similar characteristics but they are not known to worship God or create an object outside of themselves. Man has certain characteristics that are unique and the Bible refers these as in the image of God. This image was for the purpose of relationship with God. There is no proof of this purpose or the depth of an elephants cognitive limits. God simply elects to reveal the presence of reality where God can be seen. Hebrews says that which is not visible is now visible through faith.
      We are limited by our 5 senses and science deals within these limitations. Observations of evolutionary patterns are also limited to these senses. We can see the effect and affect God has in the lives of millions every year that suddenly have a personal experience with God. We do not see the causation with our 5 senses.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
    • Impossible

      fred
      You do not see any effect of god, because there are no gods. That is something that man does to himself. He creates gods for himself. You falsely believe in these gods, but that doesn't mean they exist. Men created the bible as well, and there isn't one word from any gods in it. Why would god need a book (especially since there were almost no one around who could read)? As far as the image of god, men created god in his iimage, Why would god need nipp les or a pe ni s? Why would god need eyes, nose, mouth. Why would he need form at all? He wouldn't but the weak minded men who created him would have to picture him in their mind. The creation of god works when you consider the needs of man. There would be no need for a god to create man. It just doesn't make sense.

      December 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
    • fred

      Impossible
      That is the difference between God and god or gods of myth that are manmade. These gods all had roots in that which was physical and observable (n.ipples etc). Made by man the reflected the properties of man. God as revealed in the Bible is not of form that could be put in a temple or anything that man could imagine. Man cannot grasp God we only see what has revealed.
      God created the awe and wonder of the universe and life then said it is very good. God did not need to do even that but if goodness is an attribute of God that goodness is reflected in the creation. That goodness extends towards creating a being that could appreciate the fullness of goodness. This would be the image of God…..that part which has capacity to experience goodness and love etc. It is simply the grace and goodness of God that continues to create and open opportunities for unity in that joy (for lack of a better word)
      Gotta run now but you can elect to join in that unity or choose your own existence based on some other notion.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • fred

      hawaiiguest
      sorry, gotta run perhaps I will ask Chad to explain to me how one can take a leap of faith to adopt biological evolution as their guidebook for the purpose of existence yet claim their book has evidence superior to the Bible.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      Wow fred I'm starting to think you really are as stupid as you sound.

      December 3, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • fred

      Hawaiiguest
      You have yet to tell me how your delusion of purpose for existence has any more credible evidence than my “delusion” of existence. Until then you are intellectually dishonest and I am honest but of lesser intelligence or perhaps at worst led astray.

      December 3, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @fred

      I don't assert purpose fucktard, and even if I did, the lack of support for mine doesn't make yours more credible by default. I find it amazing that you think you're being honest, when you know damn sure that you're not, and not only are you ignoring certain things that you have been refuted on, but you're also asserting I have a position that I don't have. Your ridiculous bullshit is so transparent it's pathetic.

      December 3, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      @fred

      You know nothing of evolution, scientific method, or logic, and you show that constantly.

      December 3, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
    • hawaiiguest

      What's wrong fred? You done already you dishonest pile of useless meat?

      December 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
  15. Colin in Florida

    Blake, what bashing was sown in this article-please be specific.

    December 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  16. Terri

    Wow, this was a fairly brave experiment. He risked losing everyone and everything he knew to genuinely learn about other people opening himself to a world he had ostracized. He must have loved his friend who came out to him, hopefully they remain close. Some of my chosen family, dearest to me, are LGBT and watching their struggles has been an eye opener. I was fortunate though, my mother is a loving woman who accepts people and taught me there are good people and bad people...that's it. I wish more people had such loving parents to learn from, what a wonderful place the world would be.

    December 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Biff

      This guy has a closet in his closet. He just got outed and had a good "excuse."

      December 3, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Tod

      Biff
      I know that the thought of a conservative Christian being compassionate enough to try something like this may seem far-fetched, but you have to have faith that at least some of them can rise above their programming and do the "human" thing, right?

      December 3, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • Biff

      I'm not taking that scorpion for a ride. It's in his nature.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  17. hmmm

    I used to have gay tendencies after being abused as a child by another man. Most gays had something similar happen to them and they continue the lifestyle as normal and dont see anything wrong with it. I grabbed the Bible and Jesus showed me my wrongdoing and I was convicted of my sin and turned away from it. It's all a choice, you can choose to be gay or not. I chose not to continue that lifestyle and I am now happily married to a beautiful woman. I feel for those who are still living that lifestyle that leads to emptiness.

    December 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • palintwit

      You need therapy.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Biff

      Your wife married a closeted gay man. Sorry for her.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • Terri

      "Most gays had something similar happen to them and they continue the lifestyle as normal and dont see anything wrong with it."

      Nothing could be further from the truth. Too bad you accept such lies as truth.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
    • hmmm

      All your comments make me happy. Thank you.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • Samuel

      Why?

      December 3, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • hmmm

      Because I know who I am now and know where I came from. That other people dont understand it and cant accept it makes no difference to me, so I remain happy.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm |
    • Adam East

      This post reeks of troll. Don't feed into it.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
    • Evan

      there is nothing authentic about your posting. almost no gay men are abused as children. that is a myth perpetuated by crazy religious people. praying the gay away is about as successful as praying your blue eyes away – you can't. it's part of who someone is. and your post is really silly in suggesting otherwise.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Which God?

      @hmmm. You are so full of schitt that I can smell you over.the internet.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Which God?

      @hmmm. You are so full of schitt that I can smell you over the internet.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • That's What's Up

      Hey hmmm...... I think you posted the same spiel on craig's list under casual encounters

      December 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
    • Saraswati

      You seriously need to do some research...an entired subjective study of 1 ( youself) against peer reviewed research involving thousands. Hmmm....who to believe.

      And for the record, I was never abused. Unlike you, I don't think my ownpersonal experience proves anything.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • YeahRight

      " Most gays had something similar happen to them and they continue the lifestyle as normal and dont see anything wrong with it. "

      This is a lie and the hundred of thousands of experts in this country have shown this wrong. Heterosexual behavior and homosexual behavior are normal aspects of human sexuality. Despite the persistence of stereotypes that portray lesbian, gay, and bisexual people as disturbed, several decades of research and clinical experience have led all mainstream medical and mental health organizations in this country to conclude that these orientations represent normal forms of human experience. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Counseling Association, the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of SocialWorkers, together representing more than 480,000 mental health professionals, have all taken the position that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and thus is not something that needs to or can be “cured."

      December 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  18. palintwit

    My work here is nearly done. Thanks to me Obama has been re-elected, the baggers and birthers are on the run and Sarah Palin is no longer a household word, but rather a footnote on that dung heap known as Fox News. I have accomplished much and hope someday to retire and write my memoirs. Sharing my political prowess with the rest of the world is the least I can do.

    December 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
    • Observer

      A grateful nation applauds you!

      December 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  19. davise13

    Man nothing like teaching another straight white guy a life lesson. The path to hell is paved with good intentions. Using marginalized communities to teach straight white men lessons is yet another way to set us apart and reinforce our places in social structures.

    December 3, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  20. blake

    This is truly sick! CNN's consistent evangelical Christian bashing is a daily reminder of their hypocrisy. They regularly violate their own "tolerance" mantra.

    December 3, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
    • Biff

      Why is it sick? It's one big-business taking on another. Two big guys in the ring, buy your ticket and popcorn and watch the carnage. If it weakens the fundies, good news. If it weakens CNN.COM it's no loss.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Terri

      Evangelicals are the bane of religion. They are driving more and more people from the church but that is ok, church wasn't what God intended or Christ taught.

      December 3, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
    • Sean

      Seemed like a news story to me.

      December 3, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
    • Adam East

      Then stop coming to CNN to get your news. There's another outlet where you can go. The name escapes me... It's like Fox or something. Where that Glenn guy was from...

      December 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • QS

      This is sick! Evangelical Christians' consistent bashing of gay people and those who support that community is a daily reminder of their fear, hatred, intolerance and ignorance. They regularly violate their own "golden rule".

      There, fixed! :-)

      December 3, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
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