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John Smid, Former Leader of 'Ex-Gay' Therapy Ministry, Discusses His Changed Views, New Film: VIDEO


Those of you who have been reading Towleroad since 2005 may remember the story of Zach, a gay teen who cried out for help on MySpace after being sent by his parents to the Tennessee-based "Love in Action" ministry for gay 'reparative therapy'. Love in Action was run by John Smid, who came out of the closet in 2011 and now says gays cannot change their sexuality. He has since left his position.

Now there's a new documentary from filmmaker Morgan John Fox called This is What Love in Action Looks Like (I've written about it a few times as well) which features a look at Love in Action and Smid's story.

Fox and Smid appeared on Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien this morning to discuss the film.

Watch it, along with the film's trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, if you have SiriusXM, Michelangelo Signorile will be talking to Smid on his Sirius OutQ show today at 3:30 pm.

Here's the trailer for the documentary:

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  1. Once again this confirms the Report published in the Times that the most vocal and assertive homophobes are deflecting attention from their own sexuality.......their own homosexuality.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | May 8, 2012 1:35:07 PM

  2. Does anyone know and can share with us what happened to Zach?

    Posted by: Jack | May 8, 2012 2:15:12 PM

  3. These people are never settled. They are so messed up psychologically that they will never even understand themselves let alone others. This man might turn around again next week and decide that he's a straight man. They are unstable people. Period. Anyone who has been so f'ed up as a child with toxic religious beliefs, can never be made whole again. The first problem is in the belief in religion... that allows all sorts of self-delusions. People susceptible to these types of self-deceptions, people who believe in unbelievable things, will never be at peace with the world around them, regardless if they are gay, straight, ex-gay or ex-ex-gay, etc.

    Posted by: dan Cobb | May 8, 2012 2:29:17 PM

  4. He's floating a book idea! What the hell is CNN up to by creating future news irritants.

    Posted by: VDUFFORD | May 8, 2012 3:12:12 PM

  5. There truly oughta be a law about these false treatment centres.

    We have laws against unlicensed dentists and surgeous providing "blackmarket" operations, why no law against Blackmarket Psychology?

    Posted by: Jay | May 8, 2012 3:52:43 PM

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