grew up fundamentalist Christian and experienced "ex-gay" conversion attempts. He testified at the California State Assembly Committee supporting SB 1172, which prohibits "therapy" to change the sexual orientation of minors by licensed psychotherapists. James practices psychotherapy in West Hollywood, Calif.
Many gay men grow up feeling alienated from homophobic religious institutions, beliefs, and misinformation. Yet at the same time, our needs for spiritual wholeness — community, meaning, and transcendence — may still be keenly felt. In recent years, a few progressive faith traditions have reevaluated their previous hostility to same-sex relationships. And many gay men have moved beyond the homophobic religious beliefs that oppressed us.