Prominent gay conversion therapist and anti-gay activist David Matheson has announced his intentions to start a new life as a homosexual.
The announcement was revealed by fellow gay conversion advocate Rich Wyler in a post to a private Facebook group obtained by Truth Wins Out (TWO), a group who fight against anti-LGBT prejudice and discrimination.
Matheson, author of the book Becoming a Whole Man and creator of several experimental programs which seek to address “incongruous same-sex attractions” revealed he is now seeking to date men.
“David…says that living a single, celibate life ‘just isn’t feasible’ for him, so he’s seeking a male partner,” Wyler wrote.
In a further statement to TWO, Matheson, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, confirmed the statement from Wyler, adding his time in a straight marriage and the “ex-gay” world was “genuine and sincere and a rich blessing to me.”
“I remember most of it with fondness and gratitude for the joy and growth it caused in me and many others. But I had stopped growing and was starting to die,” he said. “I wasn’t faking it all those years. I’m not renouncing my past work or my LDS faith. And I’m not condemning mixed-orientation marriages. I continue to support the rights of individuals to choose how they will respond to their sexual attractions and identity. With that freedom, I am now choosing to pursue life as a gay man.”
According to a New York Times article from 2007, Matheson, who received a Masters of Science degree in Counseling and Guidance from Brigham Young University in 1996, began a full-time gay conversion practice in New Jersey in 2004 for which he charged $240 for a 90-minute session.