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For those not offended enough by his earlier words

by Jeremy Hooper

 Good As You Images Picture-10-38Clearly enjoying the attention, "ex-gay" Michael Glatze is continuing to PR himself and his miraculous "change." This uber-offensive email just arrived in both our Inbox and in our comments section:

To My Friends Who Are Trapped In Homosexuality
By Michael Glatze

Dear friend,

Thank you for your kind comments and keen observations regarding my
story and my revelation about no longer being homosexual and now being
heterosexual. I thank you for the time that you have spent in
considering this issue, deeply, and with great passion. God loves you.

God is right there, within you, whether you like to see Him or not.
Can you humble yourself to Him? It's a really nice feeling. I know
that, in some small way, you want to. We all do. We don't like being
separated from our Father; it makes us sad and lonely, forcing us to
be angry, to act out, to get vulgar… well, I won't go on; many of you
have already demonstrated, on your blog comments, exactly what I'm
talking about.

God love you, Yes! He does! And, He wants you to be free from
homosexuality. God made us men and women. Think about that; you could
– really – be a man or a woman! Not a strange creature… but, real!
That's awesome…

Change is very difficult and takes a lot of inner strength. Do you
have that strength? I promise you that the Gay Identity does not
exist, that it is a fabrication of mankind (look it up, if you don't
believe me), and that you are not "trapped" in same-sex-orientation.
To believe that you are Gay is to be stupid. I'm sorry, if that sounds
cruel; it's not cruel. To believe that you are a false identity,
created by man, unnaturally, to participate in social engineering, is
to be stupid.

It's not the acts, as much as it is the Identity. No one ever told you
that, before, because they wanted to feed you with the lie that
homosexuality is a set thing. Any intelligent "homosexual" knows
there's no fixed Gay Identity. If you don't believe me, ask the
theorists or "intellectuals."

Gay Identity has been packaged and fed to you, and – if you believe
yourself to be "Gay" – you have eaten it, preventing you from further
growth and understanding of your true and real self.

Coming out from under this packaged lie requires strong
self-confidence and will and desire to know the Truth. Yes, Truth is
capitalized. It is that way for a reason. There is only one Truth.

That one Truth is the fact that you are beautiful, perfect, and
glorious, in the image of He who created you… God. There is only one
God. I know it may be hard for you to get your head around the
paradoxical nature of God… but, He is everywhere "out there" and – at
the same time – right inside your soul. He sees and knows you. He
loves you.

He wants you to be free of homosexuality. I promise you that. He's
rooting for you; He knows you can do it. Remember, He loves you! He's
not judging you – those angry voices in your mind, planted there by
Satan, might scream and judge and ridicule – but, no; He's not judging
you. He has patience. He'll give you strength. All you have to do is
pray to Him.

Prayer and love – True Love, my dear friends – requires total
humility. Can you do that?

I know, in my heart, that all homosexuals desire to be free.

It is a new world, one in which the lie will not stand much longer.
The tide is turning. Be not afraid! It's a good change! Jesus will
And, when that day happens, will you be – truly – yourself!?
Or, will you be a demon, trapped in a fabrication not your own,
lusting and hating and destroying your soul to hell? Consider this one
last thing: all the love you may believe you feel for yourself or for
someone else, while trapped in the homosexual mindset, is a grain of
sand on the beach of the love that you could feel. Healing is
possible. When you choose to go there, you know who to call on for
help. His name is Jesus Christ.

Michael Glatze

Our response forthcoming.

Glatze Email [G-A-Y]

**UPDATE: On second thought, here is our only response:

"This is ridiculous."

We had a long-winded acknowledgment halfway finished before realizing that his silly words already help our cause enough!!

**UPDATE2: We also want to go on record as saying we think his whole situation is an elaborate ruse (i.e. he is attempting to infiltrate the "ex-gay" mind and write an expose about the whole thing).

**UPDATE3: Please check out this email exchange that we have shared with Glatze:

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Your thoughts

And this is why I turned away from organized religion.....wow.

kooky people.

Posted by: Stef | Jul 6, 2007 9:41:49 AM

Is it just me or did that e-mail sound like a long winded rant from someone who is brainwashed?

Posted by: Dallascracker | Jul 6, 2007 9:43:46 AM

"I know, in my heart, that all homosexuals desire to be free."

I am free. I'm free to love the person God meant for me to love. The fact that his genitalia is very similar to mine does not make me less free. In fact, I'm much freer than Mr. Glatze. I don't need to pretend to be attracted to someone that I'm really not attracted to.

Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jul 6, 2007 9:44:20 AM

I think Robert J. Minor from KU said "Taking the Bible literally, is not the same thing as taking it seriously. "I feel sorry for any intersexual individuals that read this sad man's comments. You are not unreal "strange creatures". WTF, does he think you are unicorns? Most people are born male or female, but many land somewhere in the middle. A person's worth should be based on what that person does with their life, not just their genitals.

Posted by: Dan Ramming | Jul 6, 2007 10:25:16 AM

I must say after reading your letter that I am shocked. Especially by the comment about "any intelligent homosexual" which implies those of us that are happy, healthy and content with our lives are what? That was not a very warming thing to hear from someone who is in your position.
I have read both the article on world net and this letter you have posted at Pam's. After reading both, I sense you have a need to find out who you really are. A need to get in touch with your "true" self. I wish you luck on that quest and hope you fill such needs.

After reading you words, I can't help but feel a bit sorry for you, but I am also angry at how you have transferred your experiences as a gay man onto all gays and lesbians. Perhaps you have a need to do this to help you stay in the place you are, but that need should not be filled at the expense of others.

Your experiences as a gay man are not mine. While my growing up gay was a stuggle, my adulthood of being gay has been pretty, boring. I have a nice guy who I have been with for going on 8 years. We have a nice house, 2 cats, 2 dogs and we spend hours talking and enjoying our lives each day. Our relationship is not built on "lust" but on trust, compassion and a common goal to spend our lives together. I am sorry you didn't find this in your life, but don't transfer all your experiences on to every gay person. It isn't your place to pass such judgements.

I honestly, with all the compassion in my heart, hope you find your true self. I hope you find all that you are looking for, but I would suggest you do that without judging others lives and making false blanket statements about homosexuality which you have no place making.

Peace my friend.

Joe Brummer

Be the change you wish to see in the world!

Posted by: Joe Brummer | Jul 6, 2007 10:35:29 AM

Joe: Thanks for that. I seriously got to my third paragraph of a response and simply could not go any further. Even for the "ex-gay" movement, his words are just absurd (further fueling my suspicion that this is all a ruse).

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 6, 2007 10:37:59 AM

"Remember, He loves you! He's not judging you – those angry voices in your mind, planted there by Satan, might scream and judge and ridicule – but, no; He's not judging you."

HE might not be juding me (in your words) but you certainly are. And you seem to think that your supposed new-found way of life entitles you to do so. I wonder what HE would have to say about that. Oh, wait, we already know that don't we. Hmmm...Perhaps you should go back and re-read that chapter.

Does the "ex-gay" movement offer classes in condescension? Because Mr. Glatze certainly seems to have achieved a masterful level quite quickly.

Posted by: Jessica | Jul 6, 2007 10:58:19 AM

"That one Truth is the fact that you are beautiful, perfect, and
glorious, in the image of He who created you… God."

Doesn't that single statement from Glatze totally refute anything else he says?

If I am "beautiful", "perfect" and "glorious" why would I need to change a thing about myself? This guy has definitely O.D'd on the Kool-Aid.

Posted by: Tom | Jul 6, 2007 11:08:34 AM

Here are a few questions for Michael to ponder:

What brought you to the place you are right now? Was it addictions? Loneliness? Fear of not having salvation? Is it possible that others have not had these experiences you have had? Are there experiences and relationships with God not worthy of your respect? If not, them tell me why we should respect yours? I am of the school that respect is only achieved by giving it.

Why must this search for your true self be so public? Many of us, all of us search for enlightenment, but usually the search is a private spiritual journey, not a media frenzy. Why would you choose to make this so public?

Your emails to Jeremy state "I am a man", this begs the question, I am not a man since I sleep with one? That seems a bit judgemental from a man who has found Jesus who preached clearly about judging others. Exactly where did you receive this authority to make such judgements about others salvation, personal journey, or intimate relationships. What gives you the right to stand on this holier than thou ground?

You speak of a need for humility in all of us, yet your entire public journey to find yourself is anything but what I would see as humility. Would you be willing to explain this?

Lastly, are you willing to explain for us how your experiences as a gay man are being made into these blanketed generalizations about all gay men? I am deeply curious how you came to the conclusion that all gay people wish to be freed from homosexuality. That is a massive statement to make. Can you clue me in as to how you came to this conclusion? Did you do a survey? Have you gone out and met healthy gay people and seen past their loving relationships and lives and reach the conclusion they weren't that happy and needed to be freed from something? I can honestly tell you I am in no need of being freed. IN fact, I can tell you that coming to terms with my sexuality set me freer than I had ever been in my life.

Please, if you are going to be so open, which I can appreciate, then make your observations free of evaluation, judgements and diagnoses of others. Make this about YOU! Not us.

Posted by: Joe Brummer | Jul 6, 2007 11:31:24 AM

I've read his letters and exchanged a few e-mails with him. I think he's faking.

Posted by: Erik | Jul 6, 2007 11:36:43 AM

Erik: I keep going back and forth. Something definitely seems off.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 6, 2007 11:37:42 AM

Having had the need in my own life to be "free" from same sex attractions. I know that the desire can be strong in order to fit in and be accepted. I was raised Mormon and did everything I could to be what I thought was normal. I was on the opposite end of the spectrum though, I only spoke with my clergy and never judged others as I knew how they felt and how hard it was. After 12 years of marriage, which, while not unhappy, were not fulfilling for either of us, I came to finally accept myself and freed myself from the expectations of the church and others. I am now much happier, but I still regret my poor wife's loniliness and heartache. She deserved a husband who could love her.

I often read about the ex-gays who get married and ponder the harm to the poor men and women who marry someone with same-sex attractions. I realize that there is a spectrum of attraction, and some may even have some semblance of a normal sex life, however, I know my wife and I never knew even a fraction of the closeness I feel to my partner now. I know how much that hurt her and I hope Michael does not make the same mistake in order to "prove" his heterosexuality.

I did notice that he all ready claims to be fully heterosexual, so Jeremy's questions to him are valid.

Posted by: Todd | Jul 6, 2007 11:53:32 AM

NG: I don't completely follow you. If this WERE all a ploy, I would guess it would be to get inside the heads and inner workings of the "ex-gay" movement, so that he could later reveal all he has learned in some sort of expose. He was not a major name in the gay rights movement before, and this would certainly earn him attention.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 6, 2007 11:59:13 AM

It's a distinct possibility this is some kind of ploy. If his logic and writing abilities are this bad as a "straight" man, how the heck did he ever get to be the editor of a magazine as a gay man? Do we lose IQ points when we opt for the ladies?

Posted by: Scandi | Jul 6, 2007 12:07:18 PM

OK, I just read on EGW that Michael is now LDS (Mormon) and that it is being ignored by most of the religious sites as it could be embarrasing as most of them do not see Mormonism as a valid religion. However, if this is true, than I have several questions regarding his letters and posts as most of what he writes does not agree with LDS theology. I did a lot of research on what the LDS church beleives regarding homosexuality, and what I see from Michael does not fit with that either. I still beleive something wierd is going on...

Posted by: Todd | Jul 6, 2007 12:22:33 PM

NG: Just speculating, but I would think the idea behind this sort of a ruse would be to hear what is REALLY said behind the scenes. Personally I have had several off-the-record conversations with more than a few "pro-family" folks, and they can be far more candid in that setting. I can only imagine what they would say if I were what they considered to be an "ace in their hole." Of course we all know the basics of the "ex-gay" industry and some of us even know a little more, there is surely still much that goes on that would make for an interesting tell-all.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 6, 2007 12:40:55 PM

NG: That letter does sound remarkably similar to the "Donnie Davies" hoax.

Let's hope, eh?

Posted by: Mike | Jul 6, 2007 12:45:45 PM

Check out the latest two email exchanges. He STILL want just say, "I like women." It's so absurd. It's like saying you have been changed into a boxers-wearer simply because you have stopped wearing briefs! There is a difference between becoming one who actually wears the boxers and one who has just stopped placing ANYTHING around their genitalia!

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jul 6, 2007 12:55:36 PM

Notice how he also doesn't state that he is no longer attracted to men. To me, that would be more indicitave of "overcoming" homosexuality than being attracted to women. IF he does now have "opposite-sex desires" that only means he now has "opposite-sex desires." It in no way implies that he no longer has same-sex desires.

His vagueness and annoyance at your simple questions leave a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste.

Posted by: Jessica | Jul 6, 2007 1:26:32 PM

"No, I'm really really straight. I'm totally hetero. I love chicks. You can hear it in my voice. Call me. Call me to see how manly and heterosexual I sound. You can tell how much I love vagina just by hearing it in my voice over the phone. I'm totally straight. I don't like dudes at all. It's so incredibly obvious. I dig chicks. I love the ladies! I'm so totally NOT gay..."

So...who here thinks he's gay?

Posted by: Stef | Jul 6, 2007 1:54:15 PM

What drivel. Can we expect pieces on the world according to Scientologists, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons and every other cult that hates and villifies us next?

Posted by: Nathanial | Jul 6, 2007 1:56:25 PM

Now I know why he acted so standoffish when I met him at Equality Forum in 2005. I, too, thought this is a plot to infiltrate the antigay industry and further expose them for the kooks and fascists that they are UNTIL I listened to his interview on Nazi Damen.com, er Concerned Women for America site where he sounds exactly like a brainwashed Jesusette. Unfortunately it's a phone interview which prevented his delighted interviewers from doing what they'd really like: give him head. If he's faking, he deserves an Oscar! Judge for yourselves at:


Posted by: Michael | Jul 6, 2007 2:27:33 PM

I have been wondering around the net at different blogs (bored and don't feel like working) and I have discovered that Michael was up all night posting this same comment on hundreds of blogs and sent it by email to just about every gay blogger out there. I question that one person could have done that. I also question why anyone would want to do that other than for the media buzz it creates. It keeps the story alive if it continues to have "new" details. Now it does sound very Donnie Davies.

I am starting to think this could be a hoax or a brillant money making scheme. Will Mr. Glatze be charging for his testimonies at churches and other speaking engagements? This is soundy fishy to me.

Posted by: Joe Brummer | Jul 6, 2007 2:38:06 PM

Did this guy win some award for his journalistic skills?
In addition to all the other criticisms I could offer, the one that hits me the most is how that letter sounds like it was written by a middle school student. I say let him be the poster child for those wacky x-gays. He certainly has the lack of credible writing skills to pull it off.

Posted by: Mark Demeter | Jul 6, 2007 2:52:10 PM

You got hit with the e-mail too? I posted Glatze's letter on my blog as well.

Posted by: shindo | Jul 6, 2007 3:24:55 PM

This is the same old repressed rage that the right wing christianists use. They make generalized judgements on peoples lives that know nothing knowing full well that is offends and wait for a reaction. This makes them look like the loving ones. This dude is a phony with his little smiley faces. He is a repressed angry person hiding behind those smiley faces. He is hoping for his 15 minutes of fame, hence the worldnetdaily article.

Posted by: Jeff | Jul 6, 2007 3:31:38 PM

I put my response to his sillines up on my blog, here.

Posted by: Jody | Jul 6, 2007 3:37:19 PM

I love this part...

"God made us men and women. Think about that; you could
– really – be a man or a woman! Not a strange creature… but, real!
That's awesome… ☺"

I could be REAL? like.. oh my god!! that's SOOOO Awesome!!!!!

Serious I was eating lunch and nearly choked I was laughing so hard.

Posted by: Christian K | Jul 6, 2007 4:33:31 PM

@Christian K: Yes, and just like that other famous character that wanted to be a real boy, Glatze ended up turning into an jackass.

Posted by: Mike | Jul 6, 2007 6:26:07 PM

Just another unintelligent desperate moron who's haunted by the bad choices of his life (that are incidentally unrelated to his sexuality) and can't come to grips with his own existential irrelevance. His desperation has led him to something, anything that promises to alleviate that, and what better way than to turn him into a figurehead.

It always amazes me how the most average unsuspecting people seem to make the most noise when it comes to Christianity. Its all because they can't live with the unknown or the possibility that life is fleeting.

I say let them run to their fantasy and let it consume them. Meanwhile I'm going to try to make life a little more bearable for everyone rather than condemn them.

Side Note: If god condemns homosexuality on earth, and Heaven is paradise, then can I have gay sex in Heaven? Cuz I wouldn't mind tracking down James Dean and having a little ass pounding action. Jesus would be free to watch.

Posted by: Brandon H | Jul 6, 2007 8:53:47 PM

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