John Paulk, once a poster boy for the ex-gay movement, disappeared from the public eye after he left his role as chairman of Exodus International in 2003. Now, 10 years later, Paulk is back in the spotlight–but this time he's apologizing for the reparative therapy he used to promote.
News broke when Paulk, who now works as a caterer in Portland, Oregon, told Proud Queer Monthly (PQ) that he no longer supports the "ex-gay movement or efforts to attempt to change [individuals' sexual orientation]." Paulk then issued a formal letter of apology (full text below), which revealed that he and his wife Anne Paulk, who describes herself as a former lesbian, are seeking a divorce. (The couple participated together in controversial ad campaigns.)
"Today, I do not consider myself 'ex-gay' and I no longer support or promote the movement," John Paulk wrote. "I know that countless people were harmed by things I said and did in the past, Parents, families, and their loved ones were negatively impacted by ...1