When It's Time To Change

Ex-Ex-Gays: Meet The People Who Tried To “Cure” You


John Paulk

Ex-ex gay.

This guy was literally the face of gay conversion therapy when he appeared on the cover of Newsweek in 1998. A former male escort and drag queen, Paulk “converted,” got a job with Focus on the Family, headed up Exodus, cashed in with a book co-written with his ex-lesbian wife, got caught in a DC gay bar, was drummed out of both organizations and dropped out of sight, until April when he publicly disavowed gay reparative therapy, announced his divorce and came out again as gay. Credit Portland for his conversion, where’s a caterer now and can be as weird as he wants.