Regardless of your stance on the issue of gay marriage or civil unions or just homosexuality in general, this article in the New York Times magazine by Benoit Denizet-Lewis is enormously compelling and…well…incredibly personal. At its core, it’s a story about how time passes, friends drift apart and people change…sometimes more drastically than one could have ever expected.
The article, “My Ex-Gay Friend,” finds the openly gay Denizet-Lewis traveling to Wyoming to meet his old friend – a once politically active and openly-gay magazine editor cum – as Denizet-Lewis writes “a fundamentalist Christian who writes derogatorily about being gay.”
And per Glatze’s blog, he describes himself as “a spokesperson for healing from homosexuality after his public denunciation of the life-style choice in 2007. Michael is formerly a leader in the ‘gay rights’ movement, who became born-again by life in Jesus Christ and now lives a heterosexual life free from homosexual sin.”
As you’d expect, the meeting is tense and strained, but there are some real, raw emotions expressed here.
Since the issues of gay marriage and gay bullying are ubiquitous these days, it’s sometimes worth remembering that people struggle daily with their identity on a very fundamental level, and they continue to grapple over how to steer the course of their lives.