Straight Expectations


Anything But StraightAnything But Straight
by Wayne Besen
Harrington Park Press (Haworth). 311 pages, $16.95 (paper)


A FEW years ago, Wayne Besen got a call informing him that John Paulk had been spotted in a Washington, D.C., gay bar called Mr. P’s. Thanks to his reporting, the story broke soon after, destroying John Paulk’s credibility as a spokesman for the “ex-gay” movement. On the other hand, Paulk’s inability to go straight makes him a good poster boy for the failure of the ex-gay movement, because, as Besen proves in Anything But Straight, the movement’s methods just don’t work.

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