Have a listen to Daniel eloquently speak on Weekend America about his sordid ex-gay past.
The announcement that Ted Haggard emerged from three weeks of intensive counseling convinced he is “completely heterosexual” has raised quite a few eyebrows. We talk about this with Richard Cohen, the author of “Coming Out Straight: Understanding and Healing Homosexuality,” and also with Daniel Gonzales. Gonzales went through therapy to “cure” his homosexuality, but says it did not work.
Daniel is in Phoenix right now where he protested Love Won Out, the Focus on the Family anti-gay roadshow and spoke to a lot of local press there. Go to Ex-Gay Watch to see some video of the press conference. Even Telemundo showed up!
It is not easy to stand up as an ex-gay survivor. I know there are many who prefer to leave that part of their lives far behind them, and I respect that. But we need people like Daniel to come forward and share their narratives. The parents who want to force their kid into some program might just change their minds once they hear the sort of damage that may come of it–damage to their child and to their relationship with their child. A person struggling with their same-sex attractions may hear something that will give them clarity, direction and hope.