You guys are among the most compassionate people I've ever met - and I haven't even "met" any of you yet!
I too laughed out loud when I first read the story. My reaction was basically, number 1, HAHAHAHAHA! And then number 2: Oh my god, that poor man!
I bet the basic response from the gay movement, generally, will be ridicule and an attitude of "Well he got what he deserved," ie, condemnation, just when he lost everything else in his life. That's because so much of the GLBT movement - and this disturbs and frustrates me - is based on an ideology that it holds in higher regard than the human being. Our activism, if we want success, if we want meaning, HAS TO value the human spirit and human emotions above ideology, and that's what Soulforce does.
Schoolboi - I can't expresss enough how wonderful it is of you to have contacted that man and sent him contact info for accepting resources - you may be the only person who extended him a compassionate hand at this time, who knows? That was truly caring and wonderful of you and I got tears in my eyes thinking about it.
Whoever said we never know when a pastor like this might turn around and become a force for us, is absolutely on target. How many years did Mel White hide in a closet before coming out and founding this organization? Would we even have this website without him? As painful as his journey obviously was, it brought him - and all of us - here, and I am thankful for that. And for all of you. Hugs all round, my friends.