This might be the most messed-up stories I’ve ever heard. It starts in 1988, when Charlene Riling, a lesbian, goes to get an AIDS test at a county health department. I won’t say any more than that about the story, you’ll just have to listen to it. This story begins at minute 6:35 and is 15 minutes long.
On a side note, there are quite a few Christian ministries aimed at turning people straight. My personal opinion (as an ex-believer, of course) is that these ministries are supported by lots of hope which is fueled by (a) the belief that homosexuality is a very bad lifestyle, and (b) that there is “wonder working power” in God. I remember hearing some interview a while back where the journalist was talking to a couple parents who had brought their son to one of these “cure homosexuality” ministries. I had to laugh because the journalist asked the parents if they thought it would actually work. The parents replied that they really thought it could work, and they were generally upbeat about the potential for success. Then the journalist asked the son what he thought about the program (he had apparently been there a short while by this point), and he replied that the whole thing was stupid and he had absolutely no intention of “turning straight”. As long as the ex-gay ministry is being paid by the parents, it’s going to stick around.
Of course, if it were actually possible to “pray out” homosexuality, I suspect we’d never hear about Ted Haggard’s name in connection with “male prostitute”. Further, I’ve heard of some cases where very high-profile figures in these “ex-gay” ministries have been caught doing things they weren’t supposed to be doing (to the embarrassment of themselves and the Christian ministries holding them up as positive ex-gay examples).
My own opinion on homosexuality? If you’re gay, stop fighting it and just enjoy life. As a non-believer in any religion, I’m certainly not going to tell you it’s morally wrong if you aren’t hurting anyone, and I see no reason gay people shouldn’t enjoy life with someone they love (just like straight people).