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Wade Richards.

Left his life as an "ex-gay" poster boy to become an ex-ex-gay poster boy

At 18 Wade Richards became an ex-gay poster boy. "I'd been living in New York City, where I went to work as a houseboy for a gay couple, but the job fell through, and I was homeless," Richards says. "Some people said, `Come to our church. God's desire is for you not to be gay.'" So he went into an ex-gay program. Last year, when he came out about his conversion--that it never happened--Richards stood out again. He became an ex-ex-gay poster boy. Today, Richards, 22, lives in Huntsville, Ala., with his partner and is nurturing a fledgling organization called StandOut! He's no longer anybody's poster boy. "I'm just trying to be Wade."
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Title Annotation:former poster boy
Author:Neff, Lisa
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1U2NY
Date:Aug 14, 2001
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