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."Follow us on Twitter at @TheSnitchSF and @SFWeekly