The founder of a faith-based conversion therapy program for homosexuals has come out as gay himself.
McKrae Game founded the Hope for Wholeness Network, which promoted "freedom from homosexuality through Jesus Christ."
After working on conversion therapy for twenty years, Game now says he has realized the harm he has caused, and realized that he himself is gay.
Game, 51, wrote on Facebook last week that, “It’s all in my past, but many, way TOO MANY continue believing that there is something wrong with themselves and wrong with people that choose to live their lives honestly and open as gay, lesbian, trans, etc.”
“The very harmful cycle of self shame and condemnation has to stop,” he also wrote.
Game came out back in June, almost two years after he was fired from Hope for Wholeness by the board of directors.
“I was a religious zealot that hurt people,” Game told reporters. “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?”
Game, who has a wife and two children, said that his wife has been "ridiculously understanding" of his homosexuality. He also said that some people, including Christians and LGBTQ advocates, have expressed anger towards him.
While I am happy that Game has now renounced his support for conversion therapy, and admitted to himself who he really is, it is still a sad reminder of what religion does to people. This man spent twenty years of his life actively working on harmful "therapy" for homosexuals because of his Christian faith.
Hopefully Game's story will motivate more people to abandon the dangerous practice of conversion therapy.