McKrae Game came out as gay in June, but his sexual orientation is getting fresh attention, reports the Hill. That's because Game founded and led one of the biggest conversion therapy programs in America until Hope for Wholeness' board fired him in 2017. The program is based in South Carolina, and the Post and Courier of the same state ran an interview with Game on Saturday. "I was a religious zealot that hurt people," Game told the paper. "People said they attempted suicide over me and the things I said to them. People, I know, are in therapy because of me." Days before the article ran, he posted a lengthy apology on Facebook that was spurred by the discussions he had with the paper's reporter. "I WAS WRONG! Please forgive me!" he begins.
"I told people they were going to Hell if they didn’t stop, and these were professing Christians!" he writes. "This was probably my worse wrongful act." He continued, "When the reporter asked me if I’d like to see Hope for Wholeness shut down, I said I’d like all exgay ministry and conversion therapy counselors and organizations shut down. I told him I believed the only positive and productive use for HFW and exgay ministry is for those that believe that homosexuality is incongruent with their faith, to receive and have a community of like minded people so that they can live healthy lives, and in the end that was what I was trying to do." The full Post and Courier article tracks Game's path to creating HFW, from his dressing up in his sister's clothes as a boy to the relationship he had with a man at age 20 to the counseling he sought to how he would react when his wife found his gay porn. Read it here. (The Christian man who wrote an iconic anti-dating book also recently said he was wrong.)