Michael Glatze, Former Reporter for Gay Magazine XY, Decides He's Not Really Gay

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Michael Glatze, left, in the gay days.
In the '90s, Michael Glatze was a writer for the now-defunct Castro-headquartered gay magazine XY. Glatze started what became a 10-year relationship with a man he met in a Castro coffee shop; he attended gay-rights rallies; and he was obsessed with queer theory.

Now, Glatze has done what in San Francisco is unfathomable: He's renounced homosexuality. Yep, he's straight. The ex-gay now attends bible school in Wyoming, and recently told a New York Times reporter, "God loves you more than any dude will ever love you."

The New York Times Magazine published a fascinating look this week at this former San Francisco gay activist. The story was written by Benoit Denizet-Lewis, who worked with Glatze at XY during the magazine's San Francisco heyday and Glatze's gay days.


Denizet-Lewis reunited with Glatze in Wyoming. Glatze, holding a Bible, refused the reporter's hug.   

Glatze tells the Times he reconsidered his sexuality after suffering heart palpitations in 2004 at age 29, followed by a "spiritual reawakening."

Glatze left his boyfriend and started penning ex-gay manifestos on the far-right Web site WorldNetDaily.com.

Glatze says he briefly reconsidered when he took an editing job in San Francisco and visited the Castro to see "what I would feel." But he continued on the straight path -- literally.

Glatze says he didn't attend an ex-gay ministry or reparative therapy. Rather, if he had any homosexual urges, he would try to "sit with it and unpack it," a technique he apparently learned at a Buddhist retreat.

Perhaps the most interesting insight of the article comes from Glatze's ex-boyfriend, Ben, who has since married another man:

"A radical queer activist and a fundamentalist Christian aren't always as different as they might seem," he says, adding that they're ideologues who can railroad over nuance and claim a monopoly on the truth. "To me, Michael is a victim of this insane society we live in, where we grow up with all these conflicting messages and pressures around sexuality and religion, and where we divide into these camps where we're always right and the other side is always wrong. Some people are susceptible to buying into that, and I think Michael is one of them."
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Jeane
Jeane

When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved? But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible (Matthew19:25,26).

dantsea
dantsea

1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.   2 “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:1-3)

Thespectacularmanimalman
Thespectacularmanimalman

The passages you are referring to are about humility. God does not want us to have a motive of benefiting ourselves when we help others. he doesn't want us to toot our own hour. But God does want us to spread the truth of his word and declare That Jesus is the Savior of the world. I think homosexuality is something some people can be born with and also a societal influence in many cases.  For instance someone might simply be different and over time are label as strange or gay so they come to embrace the homosexual lifestyle.It's true no one can stop being gay on their own, but through God someone can. It's man-made propaganda to say someone can't change. It's not just for Gays but everyone's philosophy is , " I'm ok just the way I am."   God can transform a person completely.  Alcoholics have  been changed, drug addicts have given up drugs, smokers have stopped smoking, adulterers, liars, murders, etc all changed by Jesus.. All of us deal with some issue. God cane redeem anyone including homosexuals but one must believe, have faith, pray and read the bible, God will do the rest! Pray for Michael cause he's trying to overcome and live like God wants him to live.

Friend
Friend

Just heard a great interview with Glatze.  I'm so happy that he's found the Truth.

Jorge
Jorge

your anus is not a vagina. it is not evolving into a vagina. in this regard science and nature back up paul (from the new testament for you biblically illiterate) in his assertion that it is "unnatural". but that is not the point. it is on a long list of sins and abominations. you pick. all you fools hating on micheal, that's a testament to your insecurity about your "identity". maybe what this guys is bringing forth is a little too uncomfortable for the gay community to handle, hence all the hating. completely hypocritical from those who always cry about "tolerance".

dantsea
dantsea

"your anus is not a vagina"

And your anus isn't your mouth, either, but get a load of the crap pouring out of yours!

jorge
jorge

i typed my message, so your statement is well intended but proof of your anatomical confusion. i wonder what else your confused about...

Logan
Logan

This story of Michael, makes me so sad for him, If he is gay, and I believe based on the story Michael is gay.. then, he can go to Wyoming and become a fundamentalist Christian, and even marry a woman, and I really feel sorry for her if that happens.., and he will still be gay. That is obvious to most of us.. as far as faith, having grown up in a evangelical home in my early years, and I come from preachers and evangelists in my family whose hate, judgement, and bigotry can strip paint off the walls. All in the name of Jesus and sadly it gives Jesus a very bad name and an unfair rap. This religion as it is practiced by many robs gay people and others of "source" the never ending place of grace and peace and replaces it with cruelty and judgement. In reality if Jesus were walking around earth right now, he would be with GLBT community, because i don't believe he was the type to hang out with my relatives, and I doubt that he would see the need to change us or fix us. Christianity as a religion leaves the different on the field of the disgarded, the wounded bleeding, the thirsty with out water, the lonely abandoned, all in the name of religion and dogma.  One of these people got a hold of a lonely young man.  While I disagree with nearly everything Michael believes right now, he made a few points that landed. There have been times, that I've not had too many thoughts about the gay community but I never thought that made me straight and some pretty cool friends over the years have been as close as any family member and I love them for it. Michael may change, for his sake I hope in the fullness of time that he can accept the Devine that loves him and us the way we are made, and the Devine spark that each of us carries and he still carries in his web of confusion. Unpacking our feelings and emotions while are valuable, the skill is not for damage to self or others.. Michael has not hurt others, but he has perhaps hurt one of the most important people,  himself. 

simple spirit
simple spirit

i had a mild attack but i did not become straight.... did i miss anything?

Anthony D
Anthony D

Perhaps another Haggerty or Rikker in the making. Wyoming's a true desert if one wants to escape their so-called demons, but sooner or later the truth will out. Will we be seeing photos of him with a rentboy somewhere down the line?

HLS 2012
HLS 2012

This is very sad. His ex-partner, Benjie Nycum, participated in an interview in 2007 (shortly after Glatze 'came out' as ex-gay). I'd be really interested in hearing it. It was fomerly available at http://verbotenmedia.net/conte... but is no longer up... :-(

Tommy, tho people usually call
Tommy, tho people usually call

Aww. Its sad when anyone is transformed into a Christian drone.

Jean
Jean

What exactly is a Christian drone, and why is it so hard for any of you here to believe that someone who knows and loves God/Jesus Christ, can be delivered (I know this word sounds very harsh but I don't know how else to say it) from something 'they' feel is against the God who made each and every one of us? If this young man has decided within himself that this is what's BEST for him, and those of you in the gay community always talk about how you want people to respect you (I know, some of you don't care, but apparently this man does), then why can't you do the same for him?

You talk about Christians (and others) disrespecting you and having no compassion, but when we read the comments here it really makes you wonder, because it seems like it's a two way street. Why must those who disagree with you and others always be labeled, why can't they have a heart of love for you even when they don't agree with you??

Logan, sorry to hear about your family and what they did to you, but did their hatred of you have anything to do with "what the scriptures say or was it all their own opinions"? If it was 'their own opinions' then that's most definitely being bigoted and hate filled, but if they were following the dictates and mandates of 'the Bible' (and doing it in a non bigoted and judgmental way) then that's a totally different story. The Bible is like a mirror image to what's going on in our souls Logan, and God's ways are most definitely NOT our ways, which makes it even harder for us to understand. Jesus Christ went to that cross WILLINGLY Logan for EVERY human who ever lived on this earth, but sadly too many don't want His or God's love, they want to live their own lives and die separated from the only God who ever really cared about them. John 3:16 is the greatest act of love we will ever know Logan, and I pray you realize that one day soon.

Lastly, GOD HATES RELIGION (ever notice how there's only one good reference to it in the whole Bible, James 1:27??), which has NOTHING to do with AUTHENTIC CHRISTIANITY (the heart felt, mind and life changing relationship, with God the Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ). If Jesus Christ and Him alone is your "source", then NO ONE can ever rob you of anything 'real'. You're in my prayers Logan and all others in the gay (lesbian, bi, trans, etc.) community, God does care about you all, but He's also 'Holy, Righteous, and Just' and is waiting for you to come and get to know Him.

dantsea
dantsea

Oh look, another "Christian" trying to play the victim. That garbage might wow 'em on Sunday in your little PLIF dens, but out here in the real world, it's not selling.

Blaine Smith
Blaine Smith

Who cares who is gay or who isn't? Who cares? Seriously people, get a frickin' life. Quit parading around in pink thongs and cones. Whether it's a straight guy or not, no one has respect for those who perform vulgar dances or moves in front of thousands. Keep it behind closed doors. I have many gay friends who are openly gay and very respected because they don't flaunt it or force their sexuality onto others. Too many gay and non gay folks force their sexuality onto us and I hate it. I don't like it when I see a hetrosexual couple french kissing one another on a bart. And I don't like it when I see them make love on a public beach. And I don't like it when I see a gay couple doing the same in public. KEEP THAT CRAP OUT OF MY FACE.

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

If you don't like seeing reality, you can always poke your eyes out.

dantsea
dantsea

Obvious troll is obvious.

patriotpaul2
patriotpaul2

Another PLIF* is born!

People Living InFear, a reference to conservative or fundamentalist followers of any religionthat leads them to be fearful of any questioning of their religious doctrine orto be open to creative, new ideas. Because psychologically fear is such a cripplingemotion, psychologically healthy people tend to try and control and recognizethis in themselves. Those who don't tend to rely on more dictatorial orauthoritarian leaders whether they be in the form of a political leader ortheir own chosen God.                                       

Paul Harris                                            Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"   

Stanley J
Stanley J

I read the article more carefully.  The real giveaway is that he refused a hug from another man.  shows how shakey he is, knowing that his gayness is just one desire or boner away.  Does make one question what he wears for undies.

BTW I have a number of gay friends.  We will kiss each other on the cheek or the neck and think nothing of it.

I had to explain to my wife that it si nothign to do with sex, and has everything to do with showing respect.

this will be my last post here for the nite

MY GREATEST FEAR FOR HIM IS THAT HIS GAYNESS WILL RISE TO THE SELF UNDERSTANDABLE SURFACE................

AND HE WILL COMMIT SUICIDE..  Juat like os many other gays caught in the never never land battle of desire vs religion.

Stanley J
Stanley J

I know an ex gay.  and this is no shit the truth that came out of abotu 24 dinner meetings over 2 years, when I finally broke through his veneer of civility...........

He said gays support the westboro baptist church / Phelps gang of nut cases.

then he said that Matthew Shepards parents "should have fixed him"

I read that comment back to him immediately and he then denied it.

the guy was turned into a psychopath and pathological liar by the ex gay "treatment"  In my psych class, we discussed him for several hours and concluded that he is now a victim of a split personality disorder.   Where one of the personalities (called 'alters")  doesnt even communicate with the base personality.

He reminds me of the Nazi officers who would supervise the death camps,a nd then go home and play with their own children.

Sick doesnt begin to describe wht the fix gays do to people.  Until something really goes wrong and then anything can happen .

Tony M
Tony M

Dude, you're a kook. Stop trying to project your issues on others...

BJL
BJL

WorldNet Daily is a Christian themed journal not a 'far-right' one.  Get some education, please libs!

MrEricSir
MrEricSir

The correct name is "WorldNutDaily."  And they're not "far-right" so much as "fascist."

dantsea
dantsea

WorldNet Daily is a Christian themed far right journal. The correct AP style for brevity is "den of pathological liars." Thanks! 

Shane
Shane

Wait what's the difference?

Stanley J
Stanley J

i've seen world net - they are as nuts as one can get. utter extremists.  of course BJL, its impossible to make progress with nutty people by tellign them they are nuts.

If you cant see the difference between real christianity - eg the dozen or so denominations that supprot gays and gay marriage, then your head is in deep doo doo.

Booger
Booger

If  I had a nickle for every time I say this.....

Kaye Reeves
Kaye Reeves

The story seems to go with the assumption that Mr. Glatze is either gay or "not really gay," but there's no suggestion he's attracted to women, which would be a prerequisite to being "not really gay."  "Celibate" is a different category.

Stanley J
Stanley J

another part of our psych course touched on the "untouchable" idea.  that you cant do something,e g have gay sex.

push that type of thinking enough onto someone, and eventually reality breaks through.  And that is just one of the kinds of mental abuse that leads to rape.  (str8 or gay)

Got to feel sorry for this kid.

And re the celibate biz- we know all about that - just look at the endless molestation of kids by the catholic priests who are denied marriage. and have little access to nuns.

At least with the gay priestf they have an outlet for the normal sex drive with other priests, which is not considered a crime if done in private.

thats why the Bishops report on the molestation pointed out that as more gays entered the priesthood in the 70s and 80s, the problems diminsihed.

What we really should be talking about is the persistent stories of how the cath church maintained the nuns virginity with forced abortiosn.

Google for it.  Interesting stories.from the masters of hypocristy, who gave us the old statemnt     "if you tell a lie often enough and outrageous enoguh  it will be seen as the truth.

Jeffrey
Jeffrey

Loves the story!! Nicely done.

Jimbrown95818
Jimbrown95818

Freedom is as freedom does. I hope he finds happiness.

Stanley J
Stanley J

gay or str8.  He deserves our sympathy and our empathy.  He too is a victim of the lies from christianity.

BTW, I've met about 6 gay people who suffered into their 30s or 40s, being unwilling to admit they were gay, but knowing the opposite sex was not for them.  its really tough when the church teaches you to hate yourself.

Guest Q
Guest Q

"Unpack it"??? No pun intended, I'm sure...

dantsea
dantsea

Michael is an opportunist simply doing the only thing he's ever proved himself capable of doing: Riding a trend until there's no longer money to be made. 

steve04
steve04

He didn't make money doing the Young Gay America project, in fact quite the opposite.  I knew him in the old days, and I suspect he has some psychosis now.  When he was back here in SF for that editing job, a friend of mine who lives near the Randall Museum ran into him in the nearby park, cruising for sex.  My friend told him a lot of people were pretty angry and hurt by him; I suspect he didn't get a very warm welcome back in the Castro, and maybe that's why he's gone back to bible thumping.

dantsea
dantsea

Note that I didn't say "get rich," as I've posted this comment elsewhere and people have come to that conclusion. There are lots of people who are perfectly content to work a modest means to an end. There might be some genuine search for identity in his quest. However, I still think in three to five years' time, we'll be hearing something about a blook exposing the ex-gay fraud.

Dave Jannsen
Dave Jannsen

Steve...I'm fascinated by this story.  I wonder what happened to him, I think it must be a psychosis.  I think it's very sad, but in the article one person says they doubt he was even gay in the first place but he was just kind of searching for something to belong to.  I wonder if that is possible.

Ahmed
Ahmed

Of course it is possible...  As occasionally thinking beings, we can make choices.  One can choose pleasure in any form, even if it is not in our nature.   One can choose to have a sexual relationship with a kumquat.  That does not imply that all homosexuality is a choice but some is.  The whole thing is terribly complex so let's just leave it to the individuals involved and leave 'em alone.

Rlsinsf
Rlsinsf

People that cling to extremes (either way) don't have any core values to rely on.  It's highly likely he had distant parents.

Dakotan
Dakotan

Me personally, I prefer guys that are "packing" vs. "unpacking" - and further I get the feeling this poor bloke will be dealing with a lot of baggage each and every day of the year. 

Shannon
Shannon

Behavior is one thing, true orientation is another.  The thing about sexual orientation is this: you have to just take people's words for it.  But that doesn't mean they're being honest with you, or with themselves.

Brown one
Brown one

The whole idea of sexual orientation is very subjective in its definition since it is not based on objective criteria such as physical attributes as defined by traditional roles of male and female. This will lead us confusing not freedom. The problem with the push to advocate orientation is that insists that people remain chained to their sexual impulses instead of choosing their own lifestyle preference. I am free and I don't want to go back. Michael got it right!

JRG
JRG

Wow!  I knew it was possible!

Mick Roberto
Mick Roberto

What the hell do heart palpitations have to do with being gay? Was he on meth or something? XY sucked anyway so I wish him the best! *grin*

Blaine Smith
Blaine Smith

Many folks suffer from that while having sex. Men and women both suffer from it. It can be dangerous if left untreated. So if he makes love to his lady friend or whatever, it surely will come back to haunt him. He should seek medical attention ASAP.

Melbaker
Melbaker

Almost certainly you are dead on correct in the cause of his heart palpitations. I feel sorry for the twists and turns this poor kid is going to put himself through over the coming years. What a mess.

Stanley J
Stanley J

If only we could strip him naked and have his member touching another cute guys anus.

the only danger is he might have a stroke or get violent if he came back to reality doing what he really wants to do........

steve04
steve04

There was some talk about a parasite picked up from certain unsafe activities, and it's probably fair to guess there were drugs involved.  Really, every time I've read about what caused his "revelation," the story is different.

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