The Windy City Times has this story about the religious conversion of publisher Charlene Cothran and her intent to make Venus Magazine take an ex-gay focus.
Venus Magazine, a publication that for 13 years targeted the Black gay and lesbian community, is now a voice for the ex-gay movement.
Its publisher, Charlene Cothran, recently announced that she has been â€œredeemedâ€; is no longer a lesbian; and is changing the mission and direction of the magazine. On the Web site she writes, â€œAs the publisher of a 13-year-old periodical [ that ] targets Black gays and lesbians, I have had the opportunity to publicly address thousands, influencing closeted people to â€˜come outâ€™ and stand up for them selves, which is particularly difficult in the African-American community.
â€œBut now, I must come out of the closet again. I have recently experienced the power of change that came over me once I completely surrendered to the teachings of Jesus Christ. As a believe of the word of God, I fully accept and have always known that same-sex relationships are not what God intended for us.â€
This story reminded me of David Benkof’s story (then David Bianco). His return to Orthodox Judiasm led to the sale of the “Q Syndicate” and a significant life change. The last time I talked to David, he continued in his religious studies and pursuit of heterosexuality.
PS – I did not realize when I posted this that this story is old news, first reported in 10/06.
UPDATE: 2/9/07 – Ms. Cothran’s magazine has a blog with some current commentary about her changes.