John Smid

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John J. Smid is the former director of the Memphis, Tennessee ex-gay ministry Love In Action, a group that claims to convert lesbians and homosexuals to heterosexuality.[1]

Before claiming he had changed from homosexuality to heterosexuality, Smid lived for years married to a woman and fathering children. It was during this marriage that he realized he was gay, divorcing his wife in 1980. Four years following his divorce, Smid became a Christian and sought conversion from homosexuality to heterosexuality.[2] In 2011, three years after leaving Love In Action and stepping down from its leadership, Smid announced he was still homosexual and stated he had "never met a man who experienced a change from homosexual to heterosexual."[3]

During his time directing Love In Action, Smid faced controversy over the organization's treatment of gay teens in their youth program "Refuge".[2] Smid subsequently resigned his position in 2008,[4] and in 2010 apologized for any harm he had caused, noting that his teen program "further wounded teens that were already in a very delicate place in life".[5]

In 2012, Smid wrote and self-published the memoir Ex'd Out: How I Fired the Shame Committee.[6]

In November 2014, Smid married his same-sex partner, Larry McQueen.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ministry seeks to lead away from gay life". Arizona Daily Star. 1997-11-08. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  2. ^ a b Julian Borger (2005-08-26). "Straight and narrow: church's 'gay cure'". The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  3. ^ Wayne Besen (2011-10-12). "Former ‘Ex-Gay’ Activist Admits Gay People Don’t Change". Falls Church News-Press. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  4. ^ Herrington, Chris (2008-04-10). "Fly on the Wall". Memphis Flyer. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  5. ^ Jason says: (2010-03-30). "Ex-gay leader apologises". Star Observer. Retrieved 2011-10-13. 
  6. ^ http://www.gracerivers.com/exd-out/
  7. ^ http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2014/11/19/us-former-ex-gay-leader-gets-married-to-a-man/