In news with echoes of the Charlene Cothran story earlier this year, the editor of a pioneering gay youth magazine has announced that he is no longer gay.
But instead of responsibly addressing and treating his addictions, Michael Glatze blames same-sex attraction alone for his bad behavior, and suggests that gay equality laws have “sanctioned behaviors that harm life.”
In the article “How a ‘gay rights’ leader became straight” on WorldNetDaily today, Glatze writes:
Homosexuality, delivered to young minds, is by its very nature pornographic. It destroys impressionable minds and confuses their developing sexuality; I did not realize this, however, until I was 30 years old.
As editor of Young Gay America, Glatze was given awards acknowledging his stand for equal rights. Now he claims homosexuality came to him “because I was already weak”. He attributes his sexual “confusion” to the death of his father when he was 13, and his mother when he was 19. He was 14 when he decided he was gay, and 20 when he came out publicly.
In 2004, he launched YGA as a “virtuous counterpart” to adult-oriented gay magazines. In today’s column, he claims it was a pretence, and that the magazine was “as damaging as anything else out there, just not overtly pornographic”.
Glatze says he eventually drew his own conclusions about the movement he was leading, which he now says was “a movement of sin and corruption”. He left the magazine with the parting words “Homosexuality is death, and I choose life,” left on his computer screen for his colleagues to see. He says that coming out from under the influence of the “homosexual mindset was the most liberating, beautiful and astonishing thing I’ve ever experienced in my entire life.”
The reformed Glatze leaves us under no illusions about his current position on homosexuality:
[Homosexuality] prevents us from finding our true self within. We cannot see the truth when we’re blinded by homosexuality.
We believe, under the influence of homosexuality, that lust is not just acceptable, but a virtue. But there is no homosexual “desire” that is apart from lust.
Homosexuality allows us to avoid digging deeper, through superficiality and lust-inspired attractions – at least, as long as it remains “accepted” by law. As a result, countless miss out on their truest self, their God-given Christ-self.
Lust takes us out of our bodies, “attaching” our psyche onto someone else’s physical form. That’s why homosexual sex – and all other lust-based sex – is never satisfactory: It’s a neurotic process rather than a natural, normal one. Normal is normal – and has been called normal for a reason.
Abnormal means “that which hurts us, hurts normal.” Homosexuality takes us out of our normal state, of being perfectly united in all things, and divides us, causing us to forever pine for an outside physical object that we can never possess. Homosexual people – like all people – yearn for the mythical true love, which does actually exist. The problem with homosexuality is that true love only comes when we have nothing preventing us from letting it shine forth from within. We cannot fully be ourselves when our minds are trapped in a cycle and group-mentality of sanctioned, protected and celebrated lust.
I was repulsive for quite some time; I am still dealing with all of my guilt. … Now I know that homosexuality is lust and pornography wrapped into one. I’ll never let anybody try to convince me otherwise, no matter how slick their tongues or how sad their story. I have seen it. I know the truth.
Glatze has every right to live as he chooses. However, it is tragic when a personal decision to refrain from homosexual behavior is used as an opportunity to slander an entire community. If Glatze’s own chosen experience has been as ugly and unfulfilling as he describes, it is understandable that he has sought help — but it is sad that his story has become a platform for yet more prejudice and discrimination against those whose choices have been healthy and positive.
Most troubling is how Glatze uses his experience to call implicitly for a change in the law. When he writes that homosexuality is damaging “as long as it remains “accepted” by law,” how is that to be interpreted other than as a call to reverse equality laws? Towards the end of his column, he praises Poland’s leaders for resisting “homosexual propaganda”; this just two days after the UK’s Observer newspaper reported that thousands of gay Poles have fled to Britain in an attempt to escape increasing persecution from the Polish Government.
Doubtless many in the ex-gay movements will have us believe we are intolerant in criticizing Glatze. It is not his personal decision to change his behavior that we denounce, however. In Glatze’s championing of prejudice and discrimination, and his slander of millions of gay and lesbians, his words fully deserve the condemnation not only of gays and lesbians, but people of conscience everywhere, whether straight, gay or ex-gay.