A South Carolina man who founded one of the nation’s largest conversion therapy ministries has come out as gay and has issued an apology for his role in the harmful practice.
McKrae Game, who founded and led Hope for Wholeness in South Carolina for decades, publicly announced he was gay in early June, more than two years after the organization’s board of directors abruptly fired him.
In a Facebook post last week, the 51-year-old said he was “wrong,” adding: “Please forgive me.”
“I certainly regret where I caused harm,” he wrote. “Promoting the triadic model that blamed parents and conversion or prayer therapy, that made many people believe that their orientation was wrong, bad, sinful, evil, and worse that they could change was absolutely harmful.”
“It’s all in my past, but many, way TOO MANY continue believing that there is something wrong with themselves and wrong with people that choose to live their lives honestly and open as gay, lesbian, trans, etc.,” he added. “Learn to love yourself and others.”
In an interview with The Post and Courier, Game called conversion therapy “a lie” and “false advertising” and called for the dissolution of conversion therapy practices or ex-gay ministries.
Game is one of several former gay conversion therapy leaders who have since come out as LGBTQ and denounced conversion therapy.
Some 700,000 LGBTQ-identifying adults have gone through some form of conversion therapy as of 2018, according to UCLA’s Williams Institute.
Currently, 18 states and Washington, D.C., ban the practice of conversion therapy for minors, according to Movement Advancement Project, an LGBTQ think tank.