After years of non-stop prayers for Jesus to help pray away the gay, Ryan gave up. He gave up on the Church. He gave up on Christ. He gave up on himself.
And why wouldn't he? He had been told that he would become heterosexual if he prayed enough. And he prayed enough. More than enough. Not only that, but his entire family and faith community was actively praying to deliver him from homosexuality. For years. And it wasn't enough.
Why wouldn't he give up?
What followed was a spiral into out-of control addiction that eventually killed him. You can read about it here, but you can watch the video of their story here:
I know I'm supposed to feel bad for this family, but I can't help but be furious at them for being so instrumental in what became of their son. And where was the beloved gay uncle in all of this?