McKrae Game, the founder of one of the USA most controversial and largest gay conversion therapy organizations has announced that he’s gay.
Game came out at age of 51 after having led the South Carolina Conversion therapy group for 20 years, The Post and Courier reported Saturday, and said in an interview with PC:
“Conversion therapy is not just a lie, but it’s very harmful,” Game told the paper. “Because it’s false advertising.” And during the interview, he also called for the dissolution of conversion therapy groups.
In a Facebook post last week, he wrote a lengthy apology, saying: “I WAS WRONG! Please forgive me!”
Such practice is widely discredited, and claims to suppress or change the sexuality through counseling or religion, and is currently banned in 18 states.
Game wife knows that he is gay and they are still married, and he was open with her, however, he continues to struggle to suppress his true feelings. In this note, he said his true sexual orientation never wavered, even as he founded his well-known organization.
Telling Christians they would “go to Hell” for being gay “was probably my worse wrongful act,” he wrote. “I’d like all exgay ministry and conversion therapy counselors and organizations shut down.”
Game emphasized how detrimental these types of practices are. “The very harmful cycle of self shame and condemnation has to stop. It’s literally killing people!! Learn to love. Learn to love yourself and others,” he concluded.
“I was a religious zealot that hurt people,” he said. “People said they attempted suicide over me and the things I said to them. People, I know, are in therapy because of me. Why would I want that to continue?”