"I Am Michael," a movie which recently hit theaters all over the United States, chronicles the true story of former homosexual activist Michael Glatze, who is now serving as a pastor in Wyoming after he encountered God and became a born-again Christian in 2005.
In "I Am Michael," James Franco plays the role of Glatze, who used to live with his partner Bennett in San Francisco. The character was also a homosexual activist and a writer for a magazine called Young Gay America, but everything changed when he turned to God in 2005, Christian News details.
Glatze was watching a video of a forum he had attended with Judy Shepard when he started having doubts about the path he had chosen for himself. He then sought answers in God and was even pushed into a closer relationship with the Lord because of a "debilitating bout with intestinal cramps."
The movie, which was previously introduced at the Sundance Festival two years ago, shows how Glatze began reading the Bible and attending church. It was during those moments that he realized that the Bible was not "full of hate," like he once thought it was. His relationship with Bennett was also affected by his new-found faith, as his partner disagreed with his decision to walk away from his life at that time.
In the course of time, Glatze started studying in a Bible school in Wyoming. There, he met a woman named Rebekah, who became his wife in 2013. His wife drew flak from a number of people who saw her as merely a "prop," but Glatze explained that a person can be set free from homosexuality through the power of Christ.
"I do believe that homosexuality is a flaw, a mistake, a distortion and something from which one can be completely restored. I am here to live a good, God-honoring life," Glatze shared. "And as a Christian, I would be a liar if I didn't tell people who God is, what He has done in my life and how He continues to provide for me (and now—thank God—my family) in ways that are more numerous than I can count."
In 2011, Glatze's former colleague Benoit Denizet-Lewis published an article titled "My Ex-Gay Friend" on The New York Times which recalled how passionate Glatze used to be in helping gay youths before he became a born-again Christian. The article also recalled how happy he used to be with his former partner, Mic relays.
However, Glatze told Deniset-Lewis that God created humans as heterosexual. He said people may think otherwise, but the things that enter their minds about their identity is not the truth.