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Conversion-Therapy Group Leader Comes Out as Gay, Slams Practice

McKrae Game speaks with state Sen. Mike Fair, R-Greenville and Andrew Gobeil of ETV on gay marriage
McKrae Game, president of Truth Ministries, speaks with state Sen. Mike Fair, R-Greenville and Andrew Gobeil of ETV on gay marriage. (Mary Ann Chastain/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 03 September 2019 03:23 PM

The founder of one of the nation's largest conversion-therapy groups has come out as gay and has apologized for his role in pushing the practice, asking his Facebook followers to "please forgive me."

McKrae Game, 51, who founded Hope for Wholeness in 1999 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, revealed his sexuality in June, more than two years after he was fired by the organization’s board, the Washington Examiner reports.

"I certainly regret where I caused harm," Game wrote in his post. "Promoting the triadic model that blamed parents and conversion or prayer therapy, that made people believe that their orientation was wrong, bad, sinful, evil and worse that they could change was absolutely harmful.

"I WAS WRONG!" he said. "Please forgive me!"

Game continued: "It's all in my past, but way TOO MANY continue believing that there is something wrong with themselves and wrong with people that choose to live their lives honestly and open as gay, lesbian, trans, etc.

"Learn to love yourself and others."

In a weekend interview with The Post and Courier, Game slammed conversion therapy as "not just a lie, but it's very harmful. Because it's false advertising."

According to the report, nearly 700,000 adults who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual have undergone conversion therapy treatments or counseling, according to a study last year from the Williams Institute at UCLA.

In addition, 18 states and Washington, D.C., have laws banning the conversion therapy on anyone younger than 18, according to the Post and Courier.

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Asking his Facebook followers to "please forgive me," the founder of one of the nation's largest conversion-therapy groups has come out as gay and has apologized for his role in pushing the practice.
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