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"Every person needs to identify with their gender and connect with others from their gender, and unconsciously, a way to do that is sexually," Wyler said.
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Wyler counters that there’s a pro gay bias by the American Psychological Association and other national organizations that have become leading voices in discussions about sexual orientation. Fearing Journey Into Manhood would be marginalized by the news media and labeled anti gay, Wyler has largely kept the program out of the public eye.
"Most of the gay world would say the only solution is to embrace it, accept it and live it," Wyler said. "And if you’re married you know divorce your wife, leave your kids and go with this life."
While that may be a solution for some, Wyler says, not everyone is willing to embrace homosexuality. He’s convinced his camps have helped some men live happier lives by overcoming, or at least learning to manage, unwanted same sex attraction.
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A man from Ohio who participated in Journey Into Manhood three years ago who agreed to an interview on the condition of anonymity attributes his former same sex attractions to abuse and molestation. He said he was molested three times as a child and in his early teens by two women and one man causing him to lose confidence and become suicidal.