‘Ex-gay’ posterboy John Paulk apologises for stance

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Years after appearing on the cover of Newsweek touting the powers of therapy for ‘gay conversion’, John Paulk, 50, has admitted he is still gay.


In 1998, Paulk appeared on the magazine’s cover with his wife Anne, under the headline 'Gay for Life?' The couple (she also claimed to have been a lesbian) ran a ministry called Love Won Out, based on so-called 'reparative therapy.'

He was also chairman for one of the most publicised ex-gay organisations Exodus International and the author of two books on the subject: Not Afraid To Change: The Remarkable Story Of How One Man Overcame Homosexuality and Love Won Out, which he co-authored with his wife.

PQ Monthly report Paulk is now estranged from his wife and has apologised for harm done to those close to him and the gay community as a whole. ‘My beliefs have changed,’ Paulk told PQ, which stands for Proud Queer. 'Today, I do not consider myself "ex-gay" and I no longer support or promote the movement.'


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  1. “Please allow me to be clear,” he says. “I do not believe that reparative therapy changes sexual orientation; in fact, it does great harm to many people.”

    He did very great harm, a fact he implicitly acknowledges here. I hope he can now do even greater good from this new, enlightened stance.

  2. Typical. Give all the money back. Recanting after hurting so many is like putting a band aid on an amputation. Especially when it seems clear that he knew all along that he was scamming and hurting people. Enough already.

  3. And how much money will he make being sorry? Seems these right wingers have found the golden path, being sorry after the fact. Justice Connor has already started on her sorry path to increase her popularity.

    • In reply to #7 by Roedy:

      I don’t think this guy deserves an open-arm welcome . He killed (tricked into suicide) people with his lies.

      He was a victim of religion. Hasn’t he lived with enough hate? Should we also slam former ministers who are now atheists?

    • In reply to #7 by Roedy:

      I don’t think this guy deserves an open-arm welcome . He killed (tricked into suicide) people with his lies.

      Its a tough call. On realising his error the coward would stay schtum. This guy didn’t. He has taken one reparative step. Its important not to stop him in his tracks just yet as he could go a long way with this.

  4. Lying among the adherents of any religious faith seems to be systemic.
    How else but by lying to themselves can one reconcile the irrational, immoral and obviously hallucinatory claims of most religions with reality?

  5. I am surprised at the comments of those who want to give this gentleman the benefit of the doubt, or see him as a victim, or indeed – think he might now do some good. I note that my initial four word post -” What an absolute W*****r” has been removed by the powers that be. If someone found that offensive then I sincerely apologise, but I doubt if anyone was as offended as I am by this particularly odious individual.

  6. In reply to #15 by BroughtyBoy:

    I am surprised at the comments of those who want to give this gentleman the benefit of the doubt, or see him as a victim, or indeed – think he might now do some good. I note that my initial four word post -” What an absolute W*****r” has been removed by the powers that be. If someone found that of…

    I have now more carefully read the original article Hm. Not good Not good at all. Way too little. Way too late.Thanks for making me look again.

  7. A correction from error is always welcome.

    I hope this doesn’t turn into a media circus. For anti-gay proponents to have made use of this man as a media megaphone for “reparative” therapy’s success I find distasteful and obnoxious, but to be honest I’d find it just as much so (well, maybe slightly less so) if he was now to be used the same way for the counter position.

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