Gay exorcism

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Gay exorcisms (or homosexual exorcisms[1]), similar to demonic exorcisms, are where an exorcist evicts "homosexual demons"[2] or other spiritual entities from a LGBT individual. These exorcisms are intended to "remove" homosexuality from an individual. Some gay rights activists report these exorcisms occurring in modern times.[3][4]


Roland Stringfellow, a minister in California, said he had been subjected to anti-gay exorcism himself in the 1990s, which “caused nothing but shame and embarrassment”.[5]

In 2009 a case in Connecticut was recorded on video. A 16-year-old boy was beaten in a church for 20 minutes by a group of church leaders acting as exorcists shouting "sacraments" such as, "Pray out the gay!", and "Foul Queer, be not here!" . The video was later released on YouTube.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ Pelton, Robert W. (1979), Confrontations with the Devil!, A. S. Barnes, p. 149, ISBN 978-0-498-01807-7 
  2. ^ Shidlo, Ariel; Schroeder, Michael; Drescher, Jack (2002), Sexual conversion therapy: ethical, clinical, and research perspectives, Routledge, p. 79, ISBN 978-0-7890-1911-0 
  3. ^ Mims, Robert (May 4, 1990). "Gay Rights Activists Blast Program Claiming Homosexual Reversal". The Associated Press. 
  4. ^ Turner, Allan (June 12, 2005). "In The Shadows Of Hate; Many Gay Teens Are Living With Scars Of Abuse; Whether they're mean words or violent attacks, the pain can shatter the lives of youths already struggling to find acceptance, advocates say". The Houston Chronicle. 
  5. ^ Pidd, Helen (25 June 2009). "YouTube video shows church 'exorcism' of gay teenager: Manifested Glory Ministries denies any wrongdoing but gay advocates demand an investigation". The Observer. 
  6. ^ Ramos, Andrew (24 June 2009). "Apparent Gay Exorcism in Conn. Church Causes Outrage". Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  7. ^ "Church's gay exorcism video creates stir". MSNBC. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  8. ^ Bolcer, Julie (June 25, 2009). "Church Posts Gay "Exorcism" Video". Retrieved 2010-02-28. 

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