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Father Allegedly Tortured Son to Make Him Straight: VIDEO

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A college student says his father tortured him after he came out at age 12. Pink News reports:

Samuel Brinton, a student at Kansas State University, said his Southern Baptist missionary father beat him, burned him and shocked him with electric currents.

He said his family, who lived on a missionary base in Iowa, first realised he was gay at the age of 12, when he told his father that he felt more strongly about his male best friend than models in Playboy magazine.

According to Brinton, his father told him that he had AIDS and that the government was hunting down gay children. Then he allegedly subjected his son to homemade conversion therapy. It was unimaginably brutal:

He said he was beaten badly by his father to the point of being hospitalised six times, although doctors were told that he had fallen down the stairs.

Samuel was also burned or forced to hold ice cubes while looking at pictures of men embracing to make him associate male intimacy with pain.

The worst came in the form of the “month of hell”, in which needles were stuck in his fingers to administer electric shocks while he was shown gay porn.

Brinton finally relented and pretended to be straight to avoid punishment. Shortly before going to college, though, he told his family the truth. His father kicked him out of the house and allegedly threatened to kill him if he ever came near the family again.

Brinton now appears to be in high spirits, and he's still offering his parents the chance to accept him. They haven't returned any of his calls.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: Astute commenters have pointed out that the video is old, even though it's suddenly the top story at Europe's Pink News today. Towleroad covered it in 2010, before I came on board.

Wayne Besen, founder of Truth Wins Out, writes in the comments field below: 

Truth Wins Out has tried verify this story for more than a month. Our phone calls have gone unanswered. We hope that the full range of facts can come to light. For example, who was the specific therapist who performed these abusive actions? We are always pleased when "ex-gay" survivors are brave enough to come foward and share their experiences. We look forward to Samuel providing further information in the very near future.

And another comment, from Ninong: "Apparently his parents accepted him after that interview because he has a picture of the entire happy family at his college graduation ceremony, May 31, 2011 on his Facebook page." 

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  1. This story is funny.

    Posted by: ZOMG NATALIE TRAN | Oct 9, 2011 5:54:30 PM


  2. @Natalie: Jerk.

    And this was already posted here:
    http://www.towleroad.com/2010/10/driftwood.html

    Posted by: meunier | Oct 9, 2011 6:05:33 PM


  3. criminal charges need to be filed. and protective services should be sent to his parent's home. the other kids could very well be abused as we speak as a "preventive measure".

    i'm glad this story is being shared, but it needs to be shared with the AUTHORITIES.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Oct 9, 2011 6:10:57 PM


  4. He went to the E.R. 6 times and no one noticed?

    Seems so outlandish. And why on earth would you want contact with a father who has held a gun to your head multiple times? Not to mention the torture and beatings.

    Also... Driftwood videos always have a shot of the interview's dead eyes... it's kind of creepy.

    Posted by: John | Oct 9, 2011 6:11:49 PM


  5. The "father" and I use the term fluidly is a criminal and is most likely a Santorum, Romney republican. the hate these fuming Christians carry is embarrassing. This fukwad belongs in jail

    Posted by: Kevin thor | Oct 9, 2011 6:20:54 PM


  6. these parents need to be investigated and if these charges are true these parents should be in prison not jail but prison for a long time. another example of christian family values.

    Posted by: walter | Oct 9, 2011 6:21:54 PM


  7. Christian Family Values at their finest

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 9, 2011 6:30:03 PM


  8. Having been through the same thing myself (in the 60's and 70's). I found the authorities here in Australia really didn't want to know. I hope he has more success.

    Posted by: Steve | Oct 9, 2011 6:48:21 PM


  9. Wow. The worst stories always involve Southern Baptists. His parents deserve to be tortured.

    Posted by: dh | Oct 9, 2011 7:33:06 PM


  10. This is the kind of crazy stuff that happens when we pretend that everyone can just have their own "opinion" about sexuality. We need to be clear that sexual orientation is NOT a choice and can NOT be "cured". That needs to be loud and clear - that people who engage in this kind of thing are crazy and doing serious damage to their kids/patients/etc.

    And beyond that, I agree that the father here should be prosecuted. Unfortunately, it would require the kid's cooperation, and he probably cannot take in how incredibly wrong the whole situation was. A funny thing about kids is that they can be abused and still need to love the parents so badly that they live in a kind of denial about what the situation truly was.

    I hope this kid turns out okay....

    Posted by: mike128 | Oct 9, 2011 8:01:36 PM


  11. As was commented early, this story needs to be shared with the Iowa child protective services immediately. What's the statute of limitations on child abuse? Because if any shred of this is true, it's child abuse at its worst.

    Posted by: mediamutt | Oct 9, 2011 8:10:46 PM


  12. It is strange to me that the people who are supposed to be one with the Lord are some of the cruelest people on earth.

    Posted by: Cincinnati NAMjA | Oct 9, 2011 8:32:06 PM


  13. areas around the country are not investigating domestic violence issues anymore due to budget cut backs

    In other words repubs cut taxes on corporations and the wealthy and then defund the police to pay for the tax cuts

    Posted by: say what | Oct 9, 2011 8:32:14 PM


  14. Good grief. If this story is totally legit, his old man should be criminally prosecuted. There other kids should also be investigated. Some are wondering maybe why Samuel didn't run away, report the situation to the police. He was a kid. Kids and many adults will tolerate allot rather than abandon their comfort zone and all they've ever known. I can't believe Samuel doesn't have PTSD.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 9, 2011 8:49:24 PM


  15. That should read 'their' other kids, not 'there'.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 9, 2011 8:51:26 PM


  16. Trust but verify. Something about all this sounds off to me. Either way, this kid needs help.

    Posted by: Skeptica | Oct 9, 2011 8:59:35 PM


  17. Awful, awful, awful....as a father this just makes me beyond mad. What's sad is a gay father would never do this if their son proclaimed to be straight, yet we have to fight to be parents.

    Posted by: Jacob Z Flores | Oct 9, 2011 9:21:56 PM


  18. Truth Wins Out has tried verify this story for more than a month. Our phone calls have gone unanswered. We hope that the full range of facts can come to light. For example, who was the specific therapist who performed these abusive actions?

    We are always pleased when "ex-gay" survivors are brave enough to come foward and share their experiences. We look forward to Samuel providing further information in the very near future.

    Wayne Besen
    Founder
    Truth Wins Out

    Posted by: Wayne Besen | Oct 9, 2011 9:51:53 PM


  19. @Mike128: Let's make one thing clear. Even if sexual orientation WERE a choice and that kid had CHOSEN to be gay, no one has the right to browbeat him out of his decision, let alone torture him.

    The "Well, I have no choice. I was born this way" argument inevitably encourages some people to equate being gay with having an incurable condition.

    No one is compelled to act on his or her sexual impulses. We have the freaking RIGHT to act on those impulses in order to fulfill our destinies.

    Posted by: Mort | Oct 9, 2011 10:02:36 PM


  20. Why don't we round up all the Southern Baptist shitbags and execute them?

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 9, 2011 10:46:22 PM


  21. Apparently his parents accepted him after that interview because he has a picture of the entire happy family at his college graduation ceremony, May 31, 2011 on his Facebook page.

    So I'm glad to see things turned out better. This video clip was posted on Towleroad back in October 2010, so it's obviously not a current event.

    Posted by: Ninong | Oct 9, 2011 11:00:35 PM


  22. well that clearly worked for the kids father. nice to see he gets off by torturing his son while showing him gay videos. and it's all for God! Religious motivated sexual change is possible!

    Posted by: MKe | Oct 10, 2011 2:09:57 AM


  23. I am willing to believe this but I don't think that asking for some evidence is too much to ask for. Any decent investigator should be able to hunt up this guy and the doctors who treated this kid for his numerous injuries: evidence of six hospital admissions shouldn't be too hard to find. Family member willing to corroborate the story? Someone muct have noticd this guy torturing his son.

    Posted by: Charlie | Oct 10, 2011 2:24:59 AM


  24. This is all very new to me and this article really opened my eyes.Thanks for sharing with us your wisdom.

    Posted by: burberry | Oct 10, 2011 4:01:40 AM


  25. I am sending this video and report straight to the proper authorities.

    Posted by: James | Oct 10, 2011 4:43:40 AM


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