Michael Glatze

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Michael Glatze
Born1975 (age 43–44)
Tacoma, Washington, United States

Michael Elliot Glatze (born 1975)[1] is the co-founder of Young Gay America and a former advocate for gay rights. He received media coverage for publicly announcing that he no longer identified as homosexual and denouncing homosexuality.[2]

A movie entitled I Am Michael based on his life starring James Franco premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.[3]


Glatze was born in Tacoma, Washington. His mother was a non-denominational Christian and his father was agnostic.[4] His father died of a heart condition when Glatze was 13, and his mother died when he was 19.[5] Glatze earned a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College where he majored in English literature and creative writing, with a minor in music.[citation needed]

While working at XY Magazine in San Francisco, Glatze met Benjie Nycum. Glatze and Nycum coauthored the book XY Survival Guide (2000).[6] They later co-founded their own magazine, Young Gay America.[7]

In 2003, Glatze starred in Jim in Bold, an LGBT-related film, with his partner Benjie.[8]

In 2005, Glatze was quoted by Time magazine saying "I don't think the gay movement understands the extent to which the next generation just wants to be normal kids. The people who are getting that are the Christian right."[7]

Glatze turned toward Christianity after a health scare due to palpitations.[1] Worried that he was affected by the same heart condition which claimed his father's life, he sought medical help. The palpitations turned out to be due to anemia, caused by celiac disease.[9] He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the first half of 2007[10] but left the church shortly thereafter.[1]

Glatze has written two pieces about his change which appeared in an online media outlet WorldNetDaily.[11][12] He has also received media coverage in other publications and in the book 16 Amazing Stories of Divine Intervention as well as several blogs.[13] Glatze now serves as a pastor of a small conservative Christian church in Yoder, Wyoming.[14][15][16] His story is told in the independent film I Am Michael starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto[17] and the short 2017 documentary Michael Lost and Found.[18][19]


  1. ^ a b c Denizet-Lewis, Benoit (June 19, 2011). "Going Straight". New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 2011-06-19.
  2. ^ Michael Glatze (July 3, 2007). "How a 'gay rights' leader became straight". WorldNetDaily. Archived from the original on July 12, 2007.
  3. ^ Towle, Andy (February 3, 2015), "'Ex-Gay' Michael Glatze Says James Franco Film Gave Him 'New Life', Apologizes to Gay Youth", Towleroad, retrieved 2016-05-06
  4. ^ Nicolos, Joseph. Interview with Michael Glatze (PDF), retrieved 2008-09-23
  5. ^ "Leading Gay Rights Activist Comes Out of Homosexuality, Tells His Story", The Christian Post, July 5, 2007, retrieved 2008-09-23
  6. ^ Nycum, Benjie; Glatze, Michael (2000), XY Survival Guide, X Y Pub, ISBN 978-0-9703213-4-3
  7. ^ a b Cloud, John (October 2, 2005), "The Battle Over Gay Teens", Time Magazine, retrieved 2008-11-23
  8. ^ https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0370809/
  9. ^ Foucher, David (July 11, 2007), "My Ex-Gay Life :: Choosing Heterosexuality", Edge Boston, retrieved 2008-09-23
  10. ^ Throckmorton, Warren (July 4, 2007), Interview with Michael Glatze, archived from the original on March 18, 2009, retrieved 2008-11-23
  11. ^ Glatze, Michael (July 3, 2007), "How a 'gay rights' leader became straight", WorldNetDaily, archived from the original on September 18, 2008, retrieved 2008-09-23
  12. ^ Glatze, Michael (July 10, 2007), "Confessions of a former 'gay rights' leader", WorldNetDaily, archived from the original on August 24, 2007, retrieved 2008-09-23
  13. ^ Schindler, Paul (July 11, 2007), "The Life and Death of A Young Gay American", Gay City News, archived from the original on June 3, 2008, retrieved September 23, 2008
  14. ^ Ring, Trudy (4 February 2015). "'Ex-Gay' Subject of New Film Grateful to James Franco". The Advocate. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  15. ^ Denizet-Lewis, Benoit (16 June 2011). "My Ex-Gay Friend". New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
  16. ^ Ex-Gay Success Story Not a Mormon Success Story, Christian News, The Christian Post, July 16, 2007
  17. ^ Stern, Marlow. "Gay No More: The Story of Michael Glatze". thedailybeast.com. The Daily Beast.
  18. ^ "Michael Lost and Found". imdb.com. The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  19. ^ Daniel Wilner (27 May 2017). Michael Lost and Found (Motion picture). Yoder, Wyoming: Netflix. |access-date= requires |url= (help)