John Paulk, once one of the most visible spokespeople for the “ex-gay” movement, has said he's still gay.

Paulk appeared on the cover of Newsweek in 1998 under the headline Gay for Life? Going Straight: The Uproar Over Sexual “Conversion”. In the article, he promoted the “ex-gay” ministry he founded, Love Won Out, and claimed that like himself and his wife Anne, people can and do alter their sexuality.

Paulk's status in the movement diminished greatly in 2000 when Wayne Besen publicized spotting him at a gay bar in Washington D.C.

Last week, Paulk said he no longer supports attempts to change a person's sexual orientation from gay to straight.

In a letter released this week, Paulk apologized for the harm he may have caused through the promotion of his “ex-gay” ministry.

“So in 2003, I left the public ministry and gave up my role as a spokesman for the 'ex-gay movement,'” Paulk wrote. “I began a new journey. In the decade since, my beliefs have changes. Today, I do not consider myself 'ex-gay' and I no longer support or promote the movement. Please allow me to be clear: I do not believe that reparative therapy changes sexual orientation; in fact, it does great harm to many people.”

“From the bottom of my heart I wish I could take back my words and actions that caused anger, depression, guilt and hopelessness. In their place I want to extend love, hope, tenderness, joy and the truth that gay people are loved by God.”

(Read the entire letter.)