Ted Haggard: I'm Probably Bisexual
But he only has sex with his wife now, and he's 'perfectly satisfied'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2011 8:37 AM CST
In this June 2, 2010 file photo, Ted Haggard stands with his wife Gayle at his side while talking about the new church that he is starting.   (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)
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(Newser) – Since his 2006 gay massage-and-meth scandal, Rev. Ted Haggard has been vague about his sexual orientation. But in a GQ profile, he admits for the first time that, “Probably, if I were 21 in this society, I would identify myself as a bisexual.” But he doesn’t, because he’s not 21: “I'm 54, with children, with a belief system, and I can have enforced boundaries in my life. Just like you're a heterosexual but you don't have sex with every woman that you're attracted to, so I can be who I am and exclusively have sex with my wife and be perfectly satisfied,” he says.

More of the most interesting tidbits from the interview:

  • He’s still bitter: His old church, which he calls the “old Soviet Union,” was “excessively harsh” in its treatment of him after the scandal broke, Haggard says: “I used to think the church was the light of the world. But I've completely lost my faith in it. … People are, at their cores, hateful.”
  • He engages in some TMI: He insists he never had “sex sex” with his former meth dealer: “I bought drugs and a massage from him, and he masturbated me at the end of it. That's it." He bought the drugs “to enhance masturbation. Because what crystal meth does … meth makes it so you don't ejaculate soon. So you can watch porn and masturbate for a long time." Gay porn? “Both. I enjoyed both then.”
  • There was more alleged impropriety: Two years ago, a volunteer from Haggard’s old church said Haggard masturbated in front of him when he was 22. (Haggard admits doing so, but says he thought the man was asleep.) That volunteer now says there were other instances, like being invited over for skinny-dipping or being shown a picture of naked men in Haggard’s office: “Everything at that church was sexualized.”

 

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