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

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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.

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Former 'Ex-Gay' Activist John Smid Tells Chris Matthews He's Gay and Gays Cannot Turn Straight: VIDEO

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Last week I posted about former Exodus International leader John Smid, his acknowledgement that he is gay, and his remarks that homosexuality is unchangeable:

Bachmanns"One cannot repent of something that is unchangeable. I have gone through a tremendous amount of grief over the many years that I spoke of change, repentance, reorientation and such, when, barring some kind of miracle, none of this can occur with homosexuality."

Smid took his story to Chris Matthews last night and talked about "ex-gay" thera[y, the Bachmann clinic, and Marcus Bachmann's statements about "barbarians [needing] to be disciplined".

Said Smid: "I think that's horrific and an amazing denial of human experience."

Smid and Michelle Goldberg from the Daily Beast then go on to discuss why GOP candidates glom on to the "gay is a choice" meme.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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