Falwell's autobiography was ghostwritten by Mel White. Dr. White also ghostwrote books for Billy Graham and Pat Robertson. He is an evangelical clergyman who also happened to be gay, although he was closeted at the time. Although he was married, he began dating Gary Nixon in 1984 (his current life partner), and went through the gamut of snake oil offerings attempting to be "cured" of his homosexuality. From the wiki bio:
"He embarked on a long process of attempted "cures" for his homosexuality, including psychotherapy, prayer, Electroconvulsive therapy, and exorcism. None of these techniques changed his homosexuality, and after he attempted suicide, he and Lyla agreed to an amicable divorce."It's heartbreaking that people are put through that kind of crap, isn't it? Mel survived that hideous journey with his sexuality intact, and (with Gary) went on to found the "Soulforce" organization. Here's their mission statement from that website:
"The purpose of Soulforce is freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance."
Wherever you are on your journey of faith,
Whatever your sexual orientation or gender identity,
Whatever your religion, race, age, ability, color, or creed,
You are welcome to join us in learning, teaching, and applying
the 'soul force' principles of relentless nonviolent resistance
as taught by Gandhi and King
as we work together to stop spiritual violence
against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people
that flows out of the teachings and actions
of religious leaders and their communities of faith.
-The People of Soulforce
One of their projects is to help other unfortunate people who have had to endure the attempted "cures" that are imposed on people whose sexual orientation is thought to be everything from a disease to a demon possession... so even though Soulforce is a religious organization of sorts I have to admire what they are doing.
In 1997, the Rev. Dr. Mel White was awarded the ACLU's National Civil Liberties Award.
Mel White wiki
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