“Ex-Gay” Donnie McClurkin is Not So “Ex-Gay”
Donnie McClurkin, the African American gospel singer and so-called “ex-gay” is apparently not as “ex-gay” as he would have everyone believe. Blogger Clay Cane has an interview with a former bed buddy of McClurkin’s who says clearly that he had sex with McClurkin after McClurkin claimed to have prayed away the gay.
McClurkin has made remarks claiming that he is in a “war” with homosexuality and that homosexuality is not God’s intention. He is scheduled to perform at an event for the Barack Obama campaign in South Carolina. Barack is not scheduled to attend the event and has added an openly gay minister to deliver the opening prayer.
…How long were you guys being sexual?
Off and on for three years, 2001 to 2004.
During this time to 2001 to 2004 is really the height of his anti-gay rants. The book came out, he made comments, he told the New York Times in 2002 he’s counseling adolescent boys to convert them from homosexuality. Would you hear about these rants?
Every time I’d read an article in Ebony or Jet, or whatever, I’d just hear it—I’d get upset and we’d always have an argument about it. He said, “I told you.” I said, “It’s crazy. What you’re doing is crazy. You’re writing this stuff, but yet you’re still doing it.” I said, “I have a problem with that. What’s wrong with you?” He said, “I have a problem.”
What do you think he meant by “I have a problem”?
It’s something he just can’t control. He feels that he has to say that to please people. He said, “I don’t want people to believe that I’m still doing it.”
…Do you think being violently homophobic was the key to his success? There are so many gay people in the gospel music industry. Why did he have to be so—So like he was?
Yeah—so like he is! Even right now…
It seems like every time he was attacked in the media, or word was getting around, it just seemed like it made him even madder. He had attacked gays, the lifestyle, when something was written about him—one lady wrote an article, “The Sins of Donnie McClurkin”, I mean, it was scathing. It’s since gone now, I tried to find it today and Keith Boykin, he’s written some things. Every time somebody would do that he would counterattack. The articles, the hearsay would make him just go crazy and he was not fun to be around. One time we met and it was him sitting in a bed Indian style and me sitting in the hotel chair looking at TV. No sex, no nothing…
The more information that comes out, the clearer it becomes that he is an angry and bitter man whose psyche has been twisted a childhood rape by a male relative and homophobia in the Black community and the gospel industry in particular. He is an emotionally damaged person with serious internalized homophobia.
He is a perfect example of why Black people need to confront head on issues of homophobia and the use of religion to attack LGBT people immediately.