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INTERVIEW: Don’t Call “Ex-Gay” Activist Chris Doyle Gay. He Hasn’t Been With A Man In Over Eight Years.

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By:           Graham Gremore
On:           Sep 1, 2013
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  • 55 Comments
    • gwydion
      gwydion

      I wonder what he thinks about when he masturbates?

      Juz sayin…

      Sep 1, 2013 at 7:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Allen D.
      Allen D.

      “really, a lot of sex that didn’t happen in committed relationships.”

      Then seriously, dude. You’re doing it wrong. Tsk tsk tsk.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 8:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DarkZephyr
      DarkZephyr

      This is all a game to men like him. “We need allies”, “gays preach tolerance”, this is just so they can make a big show of how “intolerant” LGBT people are. They know darn well that out and proud gay people will NEVER embrace a movement that tries to say we are broken.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 8:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fael
      Fael

      I do not agree with the beliefs that Chris Doyle, but I was embarrassed by the attitude of this reporter, was very disrespectful during the whole interview

      Sep 1, 2013 at 11:04 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rand503
      rand503

      The last line says it all: If you are gay, God will judge you. And how will he judge you? Be sending you to hell.

      For all his talk about psychology and whatnot, it all comes down to Jesus. What a fraud.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 11:15 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hephaestion
      hephaestion

      Chris Doyle IS gay. And he will be gay until the day he dies.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 12:13 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache1
      Stache1

      @Fael: Yes confronting him with some truth was absolutely so “embarrassing”. Actually, i wished he really went after him instead of these soft ball questions. Rather have someone like Dan Savage interview him.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 12:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache1
      Stache1

      “Sexual attractions are not about desires, behavior, and arousal.”

      Umm…yes they are.

      When I was 23 I moved down to Washington D.C. and started forming friendships with straight men that I felt accepted by and loved by. When I got all those emotional needs met, my same-sex desires and attractions completely went away. I mean, I remember waking up one morning and thinking: “Wow! I’m not attracted to guys anymore.”

      Wow. I have straight friends myself who accept me as being Gay. I’m not a sappy lame ass like Dolye desperate for straight acceptance though.

      “They filled my emotional needs” Who even says this kind of crap? I just can’t believe anyone would want this fool around them.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the other Greg
      the other Greg

      Ugh. I pity the poor gal he ends up with (for a year or two).

      “Sexual attractions are not about desires, behavior, and arousal. It’s about attachment, intimacy, and bonding. When couples achieve intellectual, emotional, and spiritual intimacy, romantic, or sexual feelings result for one another.”

      To be fair, I’ve heard plenty of militantly GAY guys say this kind of saccharine dreck. (Some of them being the militantly monogamous types here on Queerty comments.) I never understand it, since it seems to work the other way around for me and most gay guys I’ve known. At any rate, you can have great emotional intimacy, attachment and bonding with a close platonic friend (male or female), no sex necessary!

      However, most of us are not in the business of turning our own personal idiosyncratic anecdotal experiences into some grand pseudo-psychological theory applying to everyone, like this guy is.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 12:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jackhoffsky
      Jackhoffsky

      One wonders if someone has to work THAT hard to eliminate something from their life, what room is there for an actual… life?

      I personally find two things offensive (just an opinion): First, that gay relationships are reduced down to “dick in ass”. In (mostly) religious-fueled arguments it is the sexual ACT that is the sin, not the homosexual tendency. The monster of emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual “desires, behavior, and arousal… intimacy, and bonding” are taken out of the mind (where all things sensual originates) and separated from the “dick in ass” final product. I find that offensive… not on a gay level, but on a human level.

      Second, I’m personally put off that he has been given a voice on this particular forum. I understand the “know thy enemy” justification, but he brings no new information to the discussion – it’s just the same rhetoric that many homophobic (self-hating or otherwise) have used for years. Even his use of the word “science” and oversimplification of what it means to be of one gender or the other is not only redundant, but as archaic as the concept from which it originated.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 1:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the other Greg
      the other Greg

      @Jackhoffsky: I think it’s hilarious that Doyle got all snooty about his own ally Alan Chambers, of all people, because “Alan is not a psychotherapist, nor does he understand the complex nature of sexuality and sexual orientation.” So what are Doyle’s qualifications???????

      And it’s interesting that one reader thought the interviewer was “disrespectful” while another was annoyed at the “soft ball questions.” I think the interviewer struck the right balance: “Give ‘em enough rope,” as the Clash put it.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 1:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jackhoffsky
      Jackhoffsky

      @the other Greg: “snooty” is a very good way of putting that… exchange. LOL.

      But Doyle is ‘snooty’ to Chambers without any content. It just was (again) over-generalization marshmallow fluff whipped high with nothing more than his own determined delusion and a lot of air.

      It’s almost as if he’s so intent on being poised and correct, he occasionally forgets what he’s suppose to be poised and correct about.

      Just my personal opinion.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dxley
      Dxley

      What an ugly ass

      Sep 1, 2013 at 2:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scribe38
      Scribe38

      @Fael: I feel the total opposite. I wished the reporter went harder on him. There were a few times the reporter could have called B.S. but was fairer to Dolye than most would have been.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • acd683
      acd683

      @Fael: You’re totally right (and no. 14 is totally wrong). But this is Queerty, not the Times.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brian
      Brian

      I think Alan is ex-promiscuity. He’s decided not to act on his same-sex feelings and that’s fine with me.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 4:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • phillybb
      phillybb

      Mr. Doyle surely has drank too much of his own kool aid. Those so called threats he talks about sound as phony as the ex gay crap! If even 10% of what Mr. Doyle says about those so called threats, then he is very thin skinned! Those alleged threats are so fake and sound so harmless, he would not know what to do with real threats! And if being gay is so terrible why not just say you are straight? not ex gay?! There really is no such thing as ex gay anyway.. it is made up and certainly is not a sexual orientation………

      Sep 1, 2013 at 4:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stache1
      Stache1

      @phillybb: Because being Ex Gay allows you to carry on as something important and also good for fund raising. If he was simply straight he and his group would just seize to exist ie no one would give a crap.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 4:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the other Greg
      the other Greg

      @Brian: If promiscuity was a problem for him in the past, considering his photo I really think the danger has passed.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 4:52 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitz
      Fitz

      He is NOT gay. You have to ear gay. He’s just a fagot.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 5:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MK Ultra
      MK Ultra

      I actually encourage these people to publicly act out more.
      Not only are many of them physically hideous (an obvious reflection of the inner turmoil and stress caused to having to maintain the act of pretending to be someone else all day long),
      but their arguments and talking points are so specious.
      Only the true believers believe this, and even they really don’t. It’s more like they want to so bad to the point of cognitive dissonance.
      I think to most of the public, when they see these weird characters, they see it as a joke, and these ‘ex-gays’ as clowns or circus performers. They appear like people who believe they’ve been abducted by aliens.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 5:37 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charles175
      Charles175

      You know Mr. Doyle, we gays have endured a lot of shit over these many decades. You speak of how mere threats by themselves have kept tens of thousands of people away from your gathering late last June. We have been marching and demonstrating and showing the world who we are over these many decades. This in spite of the fact that we have been attacked, brutally attacked and even murdered so many countless times over the years, we still press forward. We wish that we only had a few threats here and there as you claim you have had. Have any of your people been murdered? Have any your people been brutally attacked? Have any your people been at least barely assaulted? As for myself I have seen the countless many articles about gay people being brutalized and killed. Back in 1985 I was brutally attacked by severely closeted gay man who slashed my throat. The cut missed my jugular vein by less than 1/8 of an inch. His gay panic defense convinced the officers not to even charge him with the crime. They told me that I should be ashamed of myself. On the other hand, I have yet to see even one article of an ex-gay been subjected to any of these things. When you say “sexual attractions are not about desires, behavior, and arousal. It’s about attachment, intimacy, and bonding”. This is a distinct separation between sexual arousal versus being in a basic relationship/friendship with someone. There is a girl in this nursing home that I stay at and I am attached to and am emotionally bonded to her. But I cannot manifest something I do not possess and that is sexual heat for her despite the fact that she is very attractive. I have even told her if I had the power to give up being gay that I would do it just for her but I can’t. We both have a mutual understanding of these things. You also say, “its 8 1/2 years I have not had a strong desire to act out sexually really even look at a man” You’re really saying that you did have some desire but it was not strong. The most absurd statement you made was that you woke up one morning and supposedly you are not attracted to men anymore. Your testimony is full of dual messages going back and forth. There is no real flow of consistency in it. In retrospect I will say this, it is one thing to be dishonest with those around you and it’s another to be dishonest with yourself. Being dishonest with yourself is the worst dishonesty of all.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 6:56 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Luke_James
      Luke_James

      I want some one to expose the bisexual element in all these so called ex-gays , I believe that most of these people should be correctly called = self hating bi-sexuals who have found ways to ignore there natural same sex attractions .

      Sep 1, 2013 at 7:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tdx3fan
      tdx3fan

      Judging from his appearance, on both the outside and the inside, the only thing he has been with in the last eight years is his hands, and they want the number to a good divorce attorney.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 7:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Eiswirth
      Eiswirth

      “We chose a different path.” You cannot choose to be straight if your orientation is homosexual, any more than one can choose to be gay. You can choose not to engage in a homosexual relationship, but you’ll never truly be happy because you’re denying your nature. These people are just not able to accept their gayness for any number of reasons, but I will never, ever believe they are now straight.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 7:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tdx3fan
      tdx3fan

      He refers to himself as a psychotherapist? From what University is his doctorate from? Also, both the APA and ACA stand in exact oposition to his beliefs, so he is in strong violation of their ethics. Personally, I can not wait till we start pulling licensure from these ex-gay whackos.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 7:31 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tdx3fan
      tdx3fan

      @Brian: It is fine with me as well. What is not fine with me is that he feels the neex to coerce others to do the same. Even worse? He makes them pay him for that coercion. On a side note, the only response to the “as a psychotherapist…” line is “where did you get your doctorate, and what do you think about the APA saying you are not only wrong but harmful and possibly dangerous?”

      Sep 1, 2013 at 7:41 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kangol
      Kangol

      Doyle’s responses curdle with self-hatred, self-denial, and sadness. But this is the life he chose. That’s his business. Just stop working in league with hom•ophobes to make the lives of others hellish.

      For centuries children and adults have died because of hom•ophobic people like him and his Family Research Council allies. Be miserable by yourself (God help the woman he’s married to, and his children), but stop working so hard to drag everyone else into your ugly net.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • lailaichong
      lailaichong

      I am ex-straight

      Sep 1, 2013 at 8:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tdx3fan
      tdx3fan

      There is no such thing as a licensed psychothrapist. His organization website mentions he has a MA in professional counselling. This is odd because in Washington D.C., anyone with such a degree would be a LPC not a psychotherapist. In short, not that this news to anyone, the dude is a fraud who either has no license or no degred or both. It is possible that he has a “degree” from an uncredited institution. In short, he has as much right to throw around his professional “title” as someone who got a degree in dog shit.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 8:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitz
      Fitz

      @tdx3fan– no, actually several states license psychotherapists.
      I live in California, and MFTs or LCSWs can become licensed as psychotherapists, and both are MA level degrees. The MA plus supervised experience makes you eligible for a state exam.

      Sep 1, 2013 at 10:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tdx3fan
      tdx3fan

      @Fitz: California is an odd ball. They did not even have an LPC licensure until this year. However, this asshat does not work in California. He works in Washington DC where a degree in counseling means you sit for exams to become an LPC. He has no training in psychology, and has a degree in counseling with out the LPC. The most common reason for this is because since he is not licensed, it is illegal for him to use the term. Washington DC does not license psychotherapists unless they have a doctorate. Which, he does not.

      Sep 2, 2013 at 12:11 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Horse Lips
      Horse Lips

      Who the hell would have sex with him?

      Sep 2, 2013 at 12:12 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • james_in_cambridge
      james_in_cambridge

      @Horse Lips: Exactly! He’s revolting, inside and out!

      He’s also very clearly a psychopath. I feel sorry for whoever marries this loser.

      Sep 2, 2013 at 2:10 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ridpathos
      Ridpathos

      From what he stated, it doesn’t seem to me like he was ever gay to begin with. Just because you want male bonding doesn’t mean you’re sexually attracted to males. From what he states it sounds like he was never sexually attracted to other males, just obsessed with building male relationships because of his own personal issues.

      Sep 2, 2013 at 2:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • gaym50ish
      gaym50ish

      When asked about the turnout at his ex-gay rally, said he was “somewhat” disappointed, and “The numbers were lower than I had expected.”

      Are you kidding me? It was an EMBARRASSING turnout! In their public statements before the event, they had said they expected thousands — as if there really WERE thousands of ex-gays.

      Sep 2, 2013 at 3:36 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billysees
      Billysees

      @gwydion: 1

      Cute and realistic question.

      Sep 2, 2013 at 6:20 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tdx3fan
      tdx3fan

      @gaym50ish: They expected thosands… ten ex-gays and a bunch of raging homophobes… However, FRC is having a problem turning out numbers as well, and even leading homophobes in the movement are trying to get out of the way and offer an olive branch; because, they know they are on the losing side.

      Sep 2, 2013 at 8:31 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chris-MI
      Chris-MI

      Hm, I imagine if I was a scared kid with alopecia totalis (i.e., no hair) and I walked into a gay bar and got told two or three times that I was repulsive I might start looking a the whole ex-gay thing.

      Sep 2, 2013 at 9:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the other Greg
      the other Greg

      @tdx3fan: Oh, I see your problem… you are leaving out the hyphens.

      Try spelling it like this:

      psycho-the-rapist!

      Sep 2, 2013 at 9:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hf2hvit
      hf2hvit

      He may not be gay but he sure is QUEER

      Sep 2, 2013 at 10:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitz
      Fitz

      If he were just some guy who decided that his experiment was over, and
      he was going to stick with chicks, I would cut him plenty of slack–
      Who the hell am I to tell someone how to do their sex…
      The real issue for me is that 1) he has allied himself with people who work to
      attack us. 2) He promotes this proven-false idea that you can elect your
      sexual orientation– and this is a huge part of the equation that hurts little
      queer kids. He is a sick, sad freak who instead of going in the corner to deal with it is dumping it on the doorsteps of gay people who struggle with acceptance.

      Sep 2, 2013 at 10:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scott Rose
      Scott Rose

      The term “ex-gay” has no scientific acceptance, because all it signifies is a homosexual person with internalized homophobia who yaks to the world that he has accepted gay-bashing hate speech as the truth and so is going to pound his chest bragging about how wonderful he is for living the way religious anti-gay bigots say he should live. Actual sexual orientation is determined by actual sexual attraction, not by internalized gay bashing. I can not imagine being the girlfriend or a wife of one of these stinking anti-gay bigots who must constantly advertise that they are “ex gay.” It’s as good as announcing that one is in a sham relationship. Take your filthy, gay-bashing Bible, stick it down your throat and choke on it and then wash it down with Jesus freak Kool-Aid. Empirically we know that homosexuality is a universally occurring, normal human variant. Go jump in a lake with your gay-bashing nonsense. Nobody gives a damn if you want to allege that you no longer feel homosexual desire — we know you’re lying through your teeth out both sides of your gay-bashing mouth.

      Sep 2, 2013 at 1:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pizza
      Pizza

      I’m 49 years old and last year went to my HS reunion and met up with a woman I dated and loved dearly in HS. Fast forward to today and we’ve been in a relationship for nearly a year now and I’ve never been more happy. We have no secrets and she totally accepts me. Having to tell my straight friends was like coming out again in reverse. It was difficult for many of my friends to understand and I still haven’t told everyone just because it really is exhausting trying to convince people that I’m not some freak who has lost touch with himself. Am I now straight? No. Is the sex with her good? Yes. Will I ever date other women if this doesn’t work out? Probably not. What I can say is that since we have been together, it’s become obvious to anyone in the same room with the two of us, that we are totally in love and truly adore each other. There are so many people are age that are stuck in dead end, sexless marriages and don’t have the balls to leave. Her divorce becomes final this month after a year of lawyer back and forth BS. I’m not bashing gay people, and she actually has raised her children to be totally accepting of everyone. Sometimes life takes you places you never dreamed. I know there are a bunch of other things about this story that are upsetting and false, but please guys, support people who find love, whatever that may be. – Jeff/Boston

      Sep 2, 2013 at 1:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nixter
      Nixter

      @Brian: Why is that fine with you? Would you be fine if a heterosexual male abstained from sex?

      Sep 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Fitz
      Fitz

      @Pizza- and you found this article in your heterosexual relationship while reading Queerty together. See you at the Fens.

      Sep 2, 2013 at 10:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billysees
      Billysees

      @Fitz: 46

      “….and you found this article in your heterosexual relationship while reading Queerty together.

      Hehehe…..lol……..cute………

      What is “the Fens” ?

      Sep 3, 2013 at 4:33 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billysees
      Billysees

      @gwydion: 1

      I wonder what he thinks about when he masturbates?

      Juz sayin…

      Could have also wondered what kind of porn he enjoys……hehehe….

      Sep 3, 2013 at 4:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billysees
      Billysees

      @Fitz: 42

      Well said.

      Abbreviated, it needs repeating —

      ” The real issue….is that….

      1) he has allied himself with people who work to attack us.

      2) He promotes this proven-false idea that you can elect your sexual orientation….

      ….this is a huge part of the equation that hurts little queer kids.

      He is a (selfish, asshole who wants some fame and money from this issue…paren mine)

      sick, sad freak who instead of going in the corner to deal with it is dumping it on the

      doorsteps of gay people who struggle with acceptance.”

      Sep 3, 2013 at 5:50 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • the other Greg
      the other Greg

      @Billysees: The Fens is a bl0w job park in Boston that a lot of “straight” married guys go to, was Fitz’s point.

      Sep 3, 2013 at 9:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • DonW
      DonW

      @Pizza: Good for you for finding love, Jeff. Maybe you’ve always been a latent bisexual — who knows, these labels are pretty inadequate. But unlike you, whiny “ex-gay” types like Doyle rarely mention love in any convincing way. They simply blather on about their struggle to avoid engaging in particular physical acts. Doesn’t sound like you have much in common with them.

      Sep 3, 2013 at 5:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Pizza
      Pizza

      @DonW: DonW – thank you for offering a mature refreshing response. Why do some gay men expect everyone to accept them yet once someone draws outside the lines they think it’s okay to bully you? As I mentioned, I’m not living a lie and there are no secrets, just two people who found love and found a way to make it work. A few years ago I came to realize that even though I am gay, too many gay men, especially in Boston are just assholes. Traveled all over the world and I have to say, Boston is just toxic. Never really went to gay pride, but did this year and it was great to walk through it, holding her hand and finally being with someone who truly loves me and I don’t have to deal with whiny insecure people every again. Just that makes sex fun again too.

      Sep 3, 2013 at 6:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dkreuzberg
      dkreuzberg

      @fitz -No 46 This is pizzas girlfriend. Why yes, we were reading this together. I just have never understood people being nasty and belittling-whether straight, gay, whatever. Let people live their own lives. No reason to be judgmental or rude. Every human deserves the chance to be happy. Jeff and I have a bond that few people share. You will probably come back with something rude, but its your life. I wouldn’t trade places with anyone in the world. I have the most kind, compassionate, intelligent and fair-minded partner and am incredibly lucky. He’s crazy amazing in bed too.

      Sep 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nixter
      Nixter

      @Pizza: So you’re bisexual. Fine. No prob.

      Sep 4, 2013 at 2:05 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Billysees
      Billysees

      @the other Greg: 50

      We have a similar place here in my hometown. I haven’t been there in a long time.

      Back in the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s, it was the place to go after the bars closed.

      I remember it was a mob scene there onetime at 3AM.

      Oh….the good old days…..hehehe.

      http://www.wymanparkdell.org/

      http://baltimoregaylife.com/back-issues/item/515-baltimores-first-lgbt-heritage-walk-shines-light-on-local-history

      Sep 4, 2013 at 2:27 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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