"I struggled more so trying to deny [my attraction to men] than being able to accept my attractions and say, ‘I am a gay man," revealed McKrae Game.
The founder of Truth Ministry, one of the largest conversion therapy programs in the United States, has come out as a gay person. After leading his homophobic organization for 20 years, McKrae Game has shocked the nation with this latest revelation.
The 51-year-old started this faith-based conversion therapy program in South Carolina back in 1999. In 2013, the organization was eventually renamed as Hope for Wholeness. According to PEOPLE, the group aimed at suppressing or completely changing one's LGBTQ+ sexuality with the help of interventions and counseling.
Despite being a gay man, he has been fervently preaching other men and woman how their LGBTQ+ identity would send them to hell for over two decades. Struggling with his true identity, he taught others what he apparently himself did not believe in!
Now, his decision to reveal the truth comes after being abruptly dismissed from the organization in 2017. "I struggled more so trying to deny [my attraction to men] than being able to accept my attractions and say, ‘I am a gay man," he revealed during an interview with the Post and Courier.
"I was a hot mess for 26 years and I have more peace now than I ever did." As it turns out, he definitely did not practice what he preached when he stared his own faith-based conversation program.
He should go to jail...— Chris Edward (@IAMChrisEdward) 3 September 2019
What he has done is on par with what Charles Manson did (& Manson spent life in prison). Except in McKrae Games case he did his terrible acts over decades, not months like Manson.
In order to suppress his attraction towards men, Game underwent counseling for the same when he was young. He even went to the extent of getting married to a woman and living a life of lie.
"When I started truth ministry, I believed the gay community and the world was lying about homosexuality and this whole subject," he reportedly told the outlet. "I felt like it was this big ruse and there was a lot of deceit. I was trying to tell the truth." However, with time his disbelief on this subject changed completely. "Now, I think its the complete opposite. I believe ex-gay ministry is a lie; conversion therapy is not just a lie, it’s very harmful," he confessed.
There is so much self-hate in these people. He needs to make amends to all the people he had hurt.— BiCoastal Elitist (@Carmen50) 3 September 2019
"[Especially] when it takes it to the point of, ‘You need to change and here’s a curriculum, here’s how you do it, and you haven’t changed yet, keep at it, it’ll happen,'" Game added.
Born to a Southern Baptist family, he grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Taking a keen interest in his sister's clothes, unlike other boys at his age, he felt quite different from the rest of them. Speaking to the outlet, he recalled how some of his classmates picked on him by calling him "McGay" for his feminine conduct, from time to time.
Somehow he managed to deny the attraction he felt towards men, however, at the age of 18, he embraced his true self and began an intimate relationship with another man.
In other news, water is wet. I’m more interested in the restitution he must offer for the many lives he damaged while resolving his own self-hate.— OGBlack (@VAKnightStick) 3 September 2019
But this reportedly caused him a lot of distress. "I was having ongoing panic attacks, and I had never experienced that before. Emotionally, I was freaking out. I was crying. I was internally pained. My brain was telling me, ‘You’re going in the wrong direction'. But my body was telling me otherwise," he recalled.
That's when he turned towards his faith to rid him of this natural attraction, which as it turns out didn't work! According to PEOPLE, Game was caught watching gay pornography on several occasions and despite such things he went on a retreat to help gay people convert when he clearly wasn't the best person for the job.
More evidence of what a fraud conversion therapy is. It has caused untold damage to thousands of its victims and duped them out of large amounts of money. It should be outlawed immediately— Peter Lewis - on the radio in Hong Kong (@MoneyTalkR3) 3 September 2019
"I was a religious zealot that hurt people," he confessed. "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?" Ever since coming out, Game wishes to advocate for the often marginalized LGBTQ+ community which he once bashed so vehemently.
"So much of it is trying to change people and fix people. It’s a lie and we have harmed generations of people," he explained adding, "We’ve done wrong, we need to admit our wrongs, and do what we can do to stop the wrong from continuing to happen."
So does he contact each and every person he traumatized to ask their forgiveness? Does he make any kind of restitution?— DeeEeeVeeO (@Nu_Tra_XY) 3 September 2019
2 decades is a whole lot of damage to a whole lot of people 😞