I was lulled into a false sense of security after the Constitution State finally recognized my constitutional right to marry, and had been enjoying a months long slumber. I was, however, jarred awake by a beaten and shrill Perez Hilton. (This isn’t the first time it’s happened, but was certainly the most disturbing.) Before I could deal with my feelngs about Hilton, an out gay man, instigating a physical altercation by calling will.i.am, of the Black Eyed Peas a “faggot,” I found this article describing the exorcism of a “gay demon” from a 16-year-old Connecticut boy at Manifested Glory Ministries in Bridgeport.
Now initially I was just as disgusted as the rest of you. I thought this is deplorable, abusive, and downright sad. I thought about putting out a gay rallying cry and asking y’all to show this church what a gay exorcism is really all about! Nothing abrasive or violent, just a small Gay Circuit Party themed gathering. You know, just to remind Manifested Glory Ministries , “We’re here, we’re queer, we’re fabulous and you wanna be like us.” Thank Jeebus for the internet though, because I would have hated to learn the hard way, like Harold “Hal” Turner, who asked CT residents to “take up arms” and landed in pretty hot water.
Upon further examination of the exorcism article, I grew more sad than angry, because it’s alleged by the pastor that this 16-year-old boy came to the church for their help. He allegedly asked them to exorcise his “gay demon” because he didn’t want to be gay. True or not, it’s not far fetched. I don’t think there is anyone who hasn’t, at some point, confronted the fear of feeling different or less than. Whether it is a teenager realizing he or she may be gay, or a teenager realizing he or she is straight (and thereby realizing his or her life will be way more boring), it’s happened to us all. The article also alleges that this young man was dressing in women’s clothing, which suggests that his issues may run deeper than sexuality into an even scarier world of gender confusion.
The terror these feelings may cause can certainly be crippling (especially for you breeders), and it’s not shocking a religious person may turn to their church to be consoled, or attempt to be “cured.” It is in offering the “cure” that the church goes from providing guidance, to becoming snake oil salesmen. That is irresponsible.
There’s little advice your guru can offer here. But I can say this, Connecticut possesses a wealth of queer youth support services, most of which are free. If you, or someone you know is dealing with sexuality issues, I would suggest contacting True Colors, Inc. based in Manchester. They offer a very wide range of services and rather than selling you a “cure” they may be able to teach you how to cope and even better than that, show you you’re not alone.
True Colors, Inc. Can be reached locally at (860) 649-7386, toll free at 888-565-5551 or you can find them on the web at http://www.ourtruecolors.org To my more affluent readers, True Colors, Inc. is a non-profit agency, so if you can, donate, donate, donate!