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.


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. That is sick. Disgusting.
    Samuel needs healthy, happy, supportive people around him. I hope he'll find love and happiness.
    His father needs to be charged. The whole family has to be asked lots of questions.

    Posted by: Matt26 | Oct 10, 2011 9:00:42 AM

  2. If there is evidence he could simply file a civil lawsuit against his parents. Child protective services don't apply to people who are 18 and older, even if the abuse occurred earlier.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 10, 2011 2:22:29 PM

  3. I know this guy and I think it's safe to say he's out of harm's way, in case any of you are concerned. He's in college now, not living with his parents, so he's certainly not in danger's path from them.

    Also, I have to say he is a most incredible human being, even though I don't know him that well. Every time I've heard from him he's been doing something else amazing. We will hear about his accomplishments for something not gay related someday, I have no doubt.

    Posted by: Jared | Oct 10, 2011 11:37:27 PM

  4. this is a story of very much mixed feeling...the horriable things that happened to this young man are very sad but on the up beat he survived and appears to be living a prodcutive life and happy...I am very proud of him...keep up the good work Samuel... :-)

    Posted by: Silas | Oct 10, 2011 11:41:31 PM

  5. Jared - he has a younger brother who, presumably, still lives with these abusive, unstable people.

    He not only has a moral obligation to report any child abuse that occured, for the sake of his sibling, but I'm sure he has a legal one as well.

    Posted by: John | Oct 11, 2011 2:09:59 AM

  6. There's a response from Manske on TNCRM:


    Posted by: hector de hector | Oct 11, 2011 3:47:44 PM

  7. Greetings,

    I just wanted to say I provided an update to the New Civil Rights Movement this evening after a few days of avoiding all electronic contact. This story was extremely painful and resharing it is not a pleasant experience.

    In my remarks I mentioned that my parents did come to my graduation since I am the very first person to graduate from college in my family. I am working on building a relationship to them as well as counseling to deal with the repercussions of the therapy. My friends can verify that I was shocked they were there but so happy to see the love starting to rebuild.

    I was indirectly in contact with Wayne of TWP and although I know he wants me to send the information of the therapist that is simply not an option. Counselor after counselor has seen me revert to near suicidal tendencies when I try to dig deep into the memories of that time and I simply don't have his name. I can picture him clear as day in my nightmares but his name is not there. The movement can't use me I guess.

    I have no problem with people not believing my story. It is not for me to try to prove. I don't want to be the poster-child of the anti-conversion therapy movement since graduate school at MIT is plenty tough as it is. The video you are seeing is from over a year ago and believe me when I say a lot can happen in a year. I have changed and am finding even more stability in Boston.

    I thank you for challenging the validity since blind-faith never served anyone (point-in-fact my parents) but hope you'll understand that sometimes moving forward takes its own path which I am walking. Many of you have been finding me on Facebook and I'll be happy to answer questions there in my own time.

    Sam Brinton

    Posted by: Sam Brinton | Oct 14, 2011 2:15:08 AM

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