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Thursday July 23, 2020

Randy Thomas, the former vice president of the now-defunct Exodus International and "ex-gay" lobbyist, has apologized for his past anti-LGBTQ+ work and announced his upcoming marriage to Dan Scobey, Pink News reports.

The article, which draws from an emotional interview with the media watchdog site Truth Wins Out, follows Thomas' rise in Exodus International, where he rubbed shoulders with former President George W. Bush, current Vice President Mike Pence, current counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, and former Senator Rick Santorum — all of whom, according to Thomas, were supportive of Exodus International and the "ex-gay" movement.

Admitting that period of time is "a hard thing to think about," Thomas apologizes to the LGBTQ+ community in an interview with Truth Wins Out:

"To the people who are harmed by the toxic theology and stigmatising views that I was proposed and promoted... I'm very sorry. And if you're angry and you can't forgive me, I get it, I'm angry and I can't forgive myself for some things.

"I'm not trying to convince you to like me. But I do hope that you will accept my sincere apology. And now that I know better, I'm going to do better.

"I know that will only go so far with some folks, because I did a lot of really bad stuff. And I know that, and I'm trying to make amends for that."

Thomas also explains how being out when he was younger and experiencing a homophobic hate crime led to joining an evangelical church and renouncing his homosexuality. Joining the "ex-gay" movement, Thomas says, led to a false sense of community while interacting with powerful anti-LGBTQ+ politicians provided "a rush." Even if his work with Exodus International was initially "fun" and "exciting," Thomas explains that he always "knew in my heart of hearts that what I was saying wasn't true."

Residing in Orlando now, Thomas and Scobey have founded Thrive LGBTQ+, a non-profit that opposes religious-based stigmatization and "attempts to change or repress LGBTQ+ people's innate sexuality and identity."

Read the article at Pink News here. Watch Thomas' interview with Truth Wins Out here.

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