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Fasten your dance belts -- B'way gypsies are becoming 'ex-gay'

by Jeremy Hooper

This comes from today's Page Six:

July 19, 2007 -- A WACKO group claiming to "cure" gays of their homosexuality is running secret meetings for closeted Broadway stars, according to a new documentary, "Gay No More?" Bill Hussung - who produced and directed the film with his wife, Mashara Canino-Hussung - says audiences will be "shocked" to see 20 popular Broadway dancers and actors who belong to the Life Ministry support group meeting twice weekly in underground locations. "It's an ex-gay movement with the core belief that you are gay because of a sexual trauma in your background. When you discover what that is, you can release it and be cured of gay desires," Hussung said. "People will be shocked to learn how widespread among the New York theater community this is." While he wouldn't name names, Hussung says all the performers "outed" in his movie signed releases saying it was OK. He hopes to have it ready for a September release.

Ex-GayNow, this writer doesn't talk about it often, but for his first few years in NYC, he worked and played in Broadway circles. NYC theater was not part of his life -- it was his life. Before there was a meticulous study of the American Family Association and gay marriage filling his days, there was meticulous study of how close each show was to recouping its investment and who was planting show details to Michael Riedel. So let me just say in my slightly informed opinion:

"SHOW PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO "CURE" THEIR GAYNESS?!?!? Hell, the only reason I suspect I was ever hired in the first place was because I embraced my own! If there's one place I never thought this movement would take hold it's the B'way world! There were some days in my past that I forgot ACTUAL always-straight people even existed, much less 'ex-gays'!!"

So yea, to say your humble scribe is excited to see this documentary and hear the names is as much of an understatement as saying turning movies into Broadway shows is a tired concept!

We'll let you know if we find out which chorus boys still want a Tony (but not in that way), or which female thespians' sexual orientations no longer rhyme with their profession. Stay (show) tuned.


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Ah, cycles. You might be too young, but in your tiptoeing through NYC theatre tulips did you ever encounter anyone involved with Aesthetic Realism? Around for decades and meant to be a broader social change movement, as I recall it was the early 80s that it got some press and TV for claiming to be able to convert gays after some showfolk went public with their alleged newfound power over "H" [their quaint term for wanting to kiss boys]. William Atherton was, I believe, their best known catch, such as it was. Unfortunately for them, people less remembered his name than the roles he typically played, e.g., the jerk reporter [redundant, I know] in "Die Hard 2," the child molestor in "Day of the Locusts."

Haven't seen anything about them in a long time, and they must be most pissed that traditional religionist con artists eclipsed them. *But there's a rumor David Guest is the star attraction at their annual convention in the Catskills doing his Liza impression.

* joke

Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Jul 19, 2007 11:24:09 AM

Michael: I know of AR, but only because of my post-Broadway life. From what I understand, they now deny that they ever tried to "cure" gays:


Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 19, 2007 11:38:05 AM

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