Orlando shooting survivor says he's found God, is no longer gay

Orlando shooting survivor says he's found God, is no longer gay
Photo credit: Facebook. Luis Javier Ruiz

A survivor of the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting which left 49 people dead says he's found Christ and is no longer gay.

Luis Javier Ruiz revealed his surprise change in sexuality on Facebook, implying that he now sees homosexuality as "perversion".

Ruiz wrote the message partly as a promotion for the upcoming 'Freedom March' in Washington later this week. The march is for formerly gay and transgender people and is organised by Voice for the Voiceless.

The religious group says its mission is to "defend the rights of former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction, and their families". 

Ruiz posted photos of himself at the nightclub, saying that his former lifestyle was a way to "drown out everything" he was struggling with.

"I remember my struggles of perversion, heavy drinking... and having promiscuous sex that led to HIV," he wrote.

"The enemy had its grip, and now God has taken me from that moment and has given me Christ."

Voice for the Voiceless featured Ruiz's post with the words "homosexuals can change!"

The controversial practice of trying to change sexual orientation has been medically disproved by health organisations including the American Medical Association and the American Psychoanalytic Association.

There is an effort to ban gay conversion therapy on minors in the US. So far, 10 states have outlawed the practice. 


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