The ex-gay Christianity movement is making a quiet comeback. The effects on LGBTQ youth could be devastating.

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09/06/2019

For two decades, McKrae Game was a top-tier figure among ex-gay Christians and a leading advocate for conversion therapy, a counseling practice with the goal of helping LGBTQ people suppress their homosexuality and become “straight.” But Game, 51, now disavows the movement and acknowledges he has been gay all along. He told the Post and Courier that conversion therapy proved to be detrimental, a “lie” and “false advertising.” Game’s announcement comes as the ex-gay Christianity movement is struggling to survive. The most prominent ex-gay organizations have shrunk or shuttered; leaders have defected, and many churches now fear that being associated with such widely discredited techniques will cast them as unwelcoming or bigoted. Some prominent Christians are quietly trying to resurrect ex-gay Christianity, and the new incarnation is hipper and perhaps more evolved. Yet beneath the cosmetic tweaks sits the same message that has damaged many lives over many decades: If you’re a Christian with same-sex attractions, change is both possible and necessary.

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