IS ANYONE SURPRISED? The founder of one of the nation’s largest “gay conversion therapy” programs, who spent decades leading the organization, now says he is gay. He apologized for his role in the practice that did great harm to countless gay people.
McKrae Game, who founded and led Hope for Wholeness in South Carolina, publicly announced he was gay in early June, more than two years after the organization’s board of directors abruptly fired him.
Game is one of several former gay conversion therapy leaders who have since cut ties with the movement and have come out as LGBTQ.
Almost 700,000 LGBT-identifying adults have gone through some form of “conversion therapy” as of 2018, according to UCLA’s Williams Institute, The Post and Courier notes.
Eighteen states and at least 50 cities and counties across the country have laws or regulations “protecting youth from this harmful practice,” the Human Rights Campaign says.