John Paulk admitted he is gay, after claiming back in the 90’s when he was a poster boy for a reparative therapy ad that he had turned straight.
Paulk had appeared on the cover of Newsweek with his wife Ann, with a title that read, Gay for Life? after he founded a ministry called Love Won Out. This was based on what he referred to as “reparative therapy.” He was also on the board of renowned ex-gay organization Exodus International, Radar Online reported
Since then, Paulk, now 50, has left his wife.
“My beliefs have changed,” he told PQ Monthly, which stands for Proud Queer. “Today, I do not consider myself ‘ex-gay,’ and I no longer support or promote the movement.”
This month, Paulk issued a formal apology via a press release distributed by GLAAD. It reads:
“For the better part of ten years, I was an advocate and spokesman for what’s known as the 'ex-gay movement,' where we declared that sexual orientation could be changed through a close-knit relationship with God, intensive therapy and strong determination… And while many things in my life did change as a Christian, my sexual orientation did not."
He added, "From the bottom of my heart I wish I could take back my words and actions that caused anger, depression, guilt and hopelessness."
Paulk's wife said they are in the process of divorce and that she “pray[s] for the very best, for John I have a greater love and affection than can be expressed in words.”
The former poster boy now lives in Portland, Oregon and works as a caterer.