By Jeff Walsh
Despite his 22 years, Wade Richards has already gone through more highs and lows than most people will encounter in a lifetime. A religious boy at 15, he fasted, prayed, and had his entire church pray for him to remove his homosexuality. It didn't work.
One day, he checked himself out of school, and ran away to New York City, where he began hanging out in gay bars, and using drugs and alcohol. Finally, he became fed up with the downward spiral his life was taking, and he turned to the church again. This time, they offered more than prayers, instead offering him a solution to change his homosexuality once and for all. So, he entered the program, and before too long was being heralded by the religious right as a successful "ex-gay." But despite their positioning, things weren't that clear cut for Richards.