Ex-Mormon Steve Lee learned a lot from having to endure gay conversion therapy for the sake of his Mormon faith: he learned how to change the oil in his car, he learned how to hate himself, and he learned how to want to commit suicide because he knew he could never change.
He was essentially forced to choose between his religion and his life. He chose to live. He got out of the church that refused to accept him and he now lives a happy life with his partner. He lost nothing, he says, but he gained so much.
Steve has an important message: if you’re going through what he did you can make it through, and you can find acceptance elsewhere — you do not need to suffer.
He also wants people to know ex-gay therapy as put forward by religious groups doesn’t work and it is costing lives. He’s seen it. He’s lived it. It needs to stop.
Some have asked why allegations surrounding presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann’s federally funded religious clinic offering ex-gay therapy even matter.
Steve’s story tells you why.
You can read more about Steve’s story here.