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John Paulk Formally Renounces, Apologizes for Harmful 'Ex-Gay' Movement

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The Advocate
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April 25, 2013
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John Paulk, one of the most recognized former leaders from the now-crumbling "ex-gay" movement, renounced his past and formally apologized for the harm he and the movement have caused in a public statement Wednesday. "For the better part of ten years, I was an advocate and spokesman for what’s known as the 'ex-gay movement,'" said Paulk, "where we declared that sexual orientation could be changed through a close-knit relationship with God, intensive therapy and strong determination. At the time, I truly believed that it would happen. And while many things in my life did change as a Christian, my sexual orientation did not."