Gay exorcism

Gay exorcisms (or homosexual exorcisms[1]), similar to demonic exorcisms, are where an exorcist evicts "homosexual demons"[2] or other spiritual entities from a LGBT individual. These exorcisms are intended to "remove" homosexuality from an individual. Some gay rights activists report these exorcisms occurring in modern times.[3][4]


Roland Stringfellow, a minister in California, said he had been subjected to anti-gay exorcism himself in the 1990s, which “caused nothing but shame and embarrassment”.[5]

In 2009 a case in Connecticut was recorded on video. A 16-year-old boy was beaten in a church for 20 minutes by a group of church leaders acting as exorcists shouting "sacraments" such as, "Pray out the gay!", and "Foul Queer, be not here!" . The video was later released on YouTube.[6][7][8]


  1. Pelton, Robert W. (1979), Confrontations with the Devil!, A. S. Barnes, p. 149, ISBN 978-0-498-01807-7
  2. Shidlo, Ariel; Schroeder, Michael; Drescher, Jack (2002), Sexual conversion therapy: ethical, clinical, and research perspectives, Routledge, p. 79, ISBN 978-0-7890-1911-0
  3. Mims, Robert (May 4, 1990). "Gay Rights Activists Blast Program Claiming Homosexual Reversal". The Associated Press.
  4. Turner, Allan (June 12, 2005). "In The Shadows Of Hate; Many Gay Teens Are Living With Scars Of Abuse; Whether they're mean words or violent attacks, the pain can shatter the lives of youths already struggling to find acceptance, advocates say". The Houston Chronicle.
  5. Pidd, Helen (25 June 2009). "YouTube video shows church 'exorcism' of gay teenager: Manifested Glory Ministries denies any wrongdoing but gay advocates demand an investigation". The Observer.
  6. Ramos, Andrew (24 June 2009). "Apparent Gay Exorcism in Conn. Church Causes Outrage". Retrieved 2010-02-27.
  7. "Church's gay exorcism video creates stir". MSNBC. 25 June 2009. Retrieved 2010-02-27.
  8. Bolcer, Julie (June 25, 2009). "Church Posts Gay "Exorcism" Video". Retrieved 2010-02-28.

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