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LGBT Stories: A Man's Journey Into--And Out Of--"Ex-Gay" Therapy

Luke Harlan TR

Guestblogger Nathan Manske and Marquise Lee embarked on a 4 month, 50 state tour of the United States collecting stories for their I'm From Driftwood site. We'll be sharing some of the stories they collected along with some of the insight into what they saw. They're still encouraging people to submit their written stories via IFD. You can follow IFD on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Imfromdriftwood

Whenever I show ex-gay therapy stories or conversion therapy stories at presentations, it's almost guaranteed someone from the audience will ask, "That doesn't happen still today, does it? That story is from a long time ago?" Obviously the answer is, yes, it still happens today unfortunately.

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  1. Ahh, good for him. So sad when people are genuine conformist or should I say, actually like the status quo-it makes them so upset,angry and disillusioned when they are not part of that.

    My story was simple because I was always 'different' as creative, wild and non conformist.

    Great series and hope the party goes well! Would go if I lived in the states, it looks like a free or cheap bar! ;-)

    Posted by: Rowan | Jul 8, 2011 3:21:24 PM

  2. I find it difficult to have sympathy for people like this. He starts off saying how wonderful the area was where he grew up, an area filled with southern Baptists who hates gays including a mom who rifles through his personal belongings in a complete invasion of his privacy while he was a college student! Then he talks about how he so wanted to be straight with a girlfriend with hopes of being a leader in his homophobic church. I don't care how brainwashed a person is, have some self respect! Religion is just an evil and brainwashing cult. How many homophobic atheists or agnostics do you run across? Not many!

    Posted by: UGH | Jul 8, 2011 3:35:21 PM

  3. Great hair, but that nose...yikes!
    Rhinoplasty for sure!

    Posted by: LaShawn | Jul 8, 2011 3:45:11 PM

  4. Lashawn...puh-lease. Can you post a pic of yourself so we can critique it? Besides, some of us love bigger noses on men. I find his very sexy.

    Posted by: Scott X | Jul 8, 2011 3:53:44 PM

  5. this needs to go viral and/or somehow gay groups need to get this to national cable outlets...Cooper Thomas on MSNBC...whoever to get this exposed and to expose Bachman and her husband for the frauds they are.

    Posted by: chris | Jul 8, 2011 3:54:22 PM

  6. @scottx "some of us love bigger noses on men. I find his very sexy"

    Says the man with a big ugly nose.

    Posted by: Troy | Jul 8, 2011 4:31:29 PM

  7. Watch your theaters, Logo, or Netflix for an outstanding doc called "This Is What Love In Action Looks Like," about that kid Zack who "disappeared" into an ex-gay reparative therapy program in Tennessee back in 2005, and was blogging from "the inside" about his experiences, which prompted protests in front of the house and a nationwide online call to action. This sort of thing still happens, and people constantly need to be alert about it. (If there's ever a way to form an "underground railroad" or safe haven for kids escaping from such places, it would be great to know about it.)

    Posted by: Dback | Jul 8, 2011 4:35:29 PM

  8. LaShawn: You'll take that nose and like it!

    Also, if you're ever passing through Arkansas, do stop at Hot Spring. They maintain one old fashioned spa there with hot baths. The baths are cunningly set up with a whirlpool jet blasting away RIGHT AT YOUR PROSTATE. There are curtains between the bath-tubs, but you can hear the guy in the next tub giggling.

    (They do scrub the tubs out between patrons, though!)

    Also, afterwards, you can get rubbed down by a guy who is a dead ringer for Bill Clinton, in looks and voice!

    Don't miss it!!!!

    Posted by: anon | Jul 8, 2011 6:43:34 PM

  9. Ugh: He's not looking for sympathy, he's just sharing. Lots of us who didn't pick the circumstances we were born into have weird stories to tell. It's life, it's interesting, and it's helpful to share.

    Posted by: Vlad | Jul 8, 2011 6:51:46 PM

  10. @LASHAWN you are what EVERYBODY hates about gay men...everybody.

    Posted by: MrJ | Jul 8, 2011 8:16:38 PM

  11. Ha @Anon, I'm originally from Hot Springs

    Posted by: MrJ | Jul 8, 2011 8:21:15 PM

  12. @UGH you have no idea what you're babbling about.

    Posted by: MrJ | Jul 8, 2011 8:23:49 PM

  13. can i please have his number? i'll take his beautiful nose and everything else

    Posted by: flucht17 | Jul 8, 2011 10:04:11 PM


    Posted by: B-RAD | Jul 9, 2011 1:52:48 AM

  15. @ UGH,
    You're judgmental, narrow-minded and narcissistic. You obviously lack the empathy gene and the ability to listen to someone else's story without demanding they respond to life's circumstances the way you think you would if you were in their shoes.

    The fact is that you are not in his shoes so the best thing you can do is shut up and listen to how another human being dealt with the indoctrination of 5 days a week of church and the negative programing about who he is.

    What the hell is wrong with you?

    Posted by: truthteller | Jul 9, 2011 2:10:13 AM

  16. I'm with B-RAD. This pathetic grandstanding mess is just trying to grab his 15 minutes, talk about having some baggage. If you see this guy, run the other way!

    Posted by: Truth | Jul 9, 2011 11:12:44 AM

  17. great hair and honker

    Posted by: severn | Jul 9, 2011 3:43:44 PM

  18. Dude looks like Baron Munchausen.

    Posted by: Munchausen | Jul 9, 2011 5:32:21 PM

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