January #55 : Catching Up With Michael Johnston - by Kevin O'Leary

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January 2000

Catching Up With Michael Johnston

by Kevin O'Leary

(POZ October 1998)

Calling: Ex-gay, preacher

Age: “39 going on 60”

Diagnosed: 1986

What’s his deal? Johnston says that in 1988 he “left the homosexual lifestyle” to form ex-gay recruiting Kerusso Ministries in Newport News, Vermont.

Slice of life: On National Coming Out Day in October, ACT UP/SF and the Biotic Baking Brigade hit the missionary man in the head with a blueberry pie during his “Coming Out of the Gay Lifestyle” speech in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

On cheek-turning: “A reporter asked if I was angry. How could I be? They’re just the kinds of guys I’m trying to reach with my ministry. I’m the Blueberry Martyr.”

On ex-gay groups fluffing up success rates: “Sometimes even I look at the numbers and wonder where they’re from. Some organizations feel they have to prove themselves to the world. It’s not a numbers game.”

And him? “The cocktails are working, the levels are down. I’ve always had a sense that I will be here for the Rapture.”

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