Ex-gay poster boy: My homosexuality is a ‘beautiful gift from God’

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A man who, as a child, appeared on a number of ‘Ex-gay’ adverts, has said him being gay is a “beautiful gift from God”.

Christian Schizzel, formerly the poster child of the religious ‘Ex-gay’ movement, has now spoken out to condemn the Janet Boynes Ministries, and Bachman & Associates counselling centres, which provide ‘gay cure

“I’m coming out this second time as my true self — a gay man — louder than before,” he said in an interview with Religious News Service.d

“So we can all learn from the mistakes made and the harmful effects of reparative therapy can be uncovered and so that people who have used my story against other gay people won’t have it as a weapon anymore.”

He goes on: “There was a psychological ‘breaking-me-down’ and isolation process from my friends and family because they were considered unhealthy. They did this to achieve complete domination over me to build me up and mold me from there. I had to do activities that were stereotypically manly and I couldn’t have too many female friends that would encourage me to be effeminate.”

“In the end,” continues Schizzel, “my sexuality is a beautiful gift from God, and every day, I have found, I have to make a choice to honour it in the straight man’s world.”