Antoine Dodson says he's no longer gay

Flamboyant viral video star, Antoine Dodson, is back in the news today after taking to Facebook to “renounce himself” and his homosexuality. Dodson, best known for the “Bed Intruder” song, claims he’s now a Black Israelite and wants a wife and children.

Dodson explained his conversion on his Facebook fan page:

I have to renounce myself, I’m no longer into homosexuality I want a wife and family, I want to multiply and raise and love my family that I create. I could care less about the fame and fortune, I’ve giving all that up to know the true history of the bible. For I am the True Chosen Hebrew Israelite descendant of Judah. And as True Israel I know that there are certain things we just can’t do. And I totally understand that now. I don’t need a Mercedes Benz, I don’t need a big house in Beverly Hills all I need is the Most High and my family (Israel). I have been awaken by the great and so should you. Let’s be delivered from the wickedness of the world and live the way we should. The Most High bless all and have a beautiful evening. Israel wake up and take full power of who you are. I’m ready are you?

Since his public declaration, Dodson has taken an increasingly pious tone. His Facebook page is filled with spiritual-sounding updates, notes about studying the Bible, and information about the Black Israelites.

Despite his seeming dedication, many questioned Dodson’s ability to actually pray away the gay, citing his ostentatious appearance and mannerisms as proof it would not work. But Dodson had a few words for his critics: you don’t know my life.

Israel will be hated by all nations, the flamboyant pictures of me are all over a year old, because you talk ish about or try to destroy my character, its not going to work. Like I said, that lifestyle is foolish and I don’t want or have time for it. For my blacks and Hispanics and the rest of the 12 true Israel. We got this because now we have their attention. Also Gentiles who want to accept the Most High and his son, you also can be brought into the fold. Rise of the Chosen.

Antoine Dodson isn’t the first or the last person to try to use religion to affect his sexual orientation. According to a Spitzer study of nearly 200 people, nearly 80% of those who attempted to change their sexuality did so for religious reasons.

During a task force investigation, the American Psychological Association found that individuals who attempted to change their sexual orientation through a variety of means (religious, therapeutic, behavioral) did so with unpredictable results.

The APA reported:

Although sound data on the safety of SOCE are extremely limited, some individuals reported being harmed by SOCE. Distress and depression were exacerbated. Belief in the hope of sexual orientation change followed by the failure of the treatment was identified as a significant cause of distress and negative self-image (Beckstead & Morrow, 2004; Shidlo & Schroeder, 2002).

Although there is insufficient evidence to support the use of psychological interventions to change sexual orientation, some individuals modified their sexual orientation identity (i.e., group membership and affiliation), behavior, and values (Nicolosi, Byrd, & Potts, 2000). They did so in a variety of ways and with varied and unpredictable outcomes, some of which were temporary (Beckstead & Morrow, 2004; Shidlo & Schroeder, 2002). Based on the available data, additional claims about the meaning of those outcomes are scientifically unsupported.

Whether or not Dodson is able to successfully give up homosexuality remains to be seen. I’m certainly skeptical he’ll be able to “renounce” his sexuality as he wishes, but I wish him well.

What do you think? Can people really pray away the gay?

*Photos via Antoine Dodson’s Facebook page.

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  • Nikki

    This is such a double standard. We praise Jason Collins for coming out, but then we bash Antoine Dodson for going straight. That’s his choice. Can he live? Damn!

    • JS

      Well first off that is only if you believe being gay is choice. As a hetero woman I cannot speak to this but every gay friend I have ever had as said it wasn’t a choice for them.

      Even so their is no double standard because Jason Collins came out, meaning he was always gay but never changed. Antoine Dodson on the other hand is gay but is now wanting to change to be hetro because of religion.

      I can’t judge Antoine to know whats really in his heart or not but in my honest opinion this whole situation reeks of falseness. It seems more like he is trying to be something other than what he is just from the way he is going about this.

    • noirluv45

      Hi JS. You mentioned that Jason Collins was always gay. Well, tell that to his girlfriend/fiance of 8 years. I’m sure she would’ve appreciated being let in on that bit of info.

    • Actually I know plenty of people(women) who says they chose to be with other women and that they enjoy it. Do I know if that’s true or not? no but idc because it’s there life.

    • flower

      every gay person I know was was molested as a child or just couldn’t get attention from the opposite sex lets be honest homosexuality has a lot to do with scars of the past

    • dbsm

      speaking of scars of the past…1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men are sexually assaulted. so…going by your logic, many more of us must be in the closet…

    • JS

      @Noirluv still no double standard. LOTS of gay guys have married women to keep up appearances. Now I didn’t say that was right, its wrong, but it still doesn’t change the fact that Jason Collins was always gay but just in the closet. Antoine isn’t coming to an epiphany or self-realization that he loves women, he is saying he “prayed it away” because he read the bible and now he wants a family. That is a total different situation.

      Only reason people are going in on Antoine is its like he is lying to himself as you can’t “pray gay away” or wake up one day and be different. You are who you are.

    • donnadara

      You can’t change your inborn sexual preference, even if you pray really hard. The way that this most likely will turn out is that he will find some woman to marry him and he’ll either cheat on her with a man or leave her for a man. You can’t fight biology. He can’t “go straight” anymore than straight people can “go gay”.

    • noirluv45

      How says one can’t change their sexuality. My former lesbian friend, who is married with children, says she no longer desires women. I don’t think such a blanket statement goes for everyone.

      I believe that we choose to do what we want to do, whether gay or straight. There are straight people who used to be sexually active, and are now celibate. We are human beings, not dogs. Just saying.

    • noirluv45

      How = who

    • aygirlaygirl

      we praise jason collins for choosing to come out not choosing to be gay – sexual orientation is not a choice. And ain’t nobody bashing antoine dodson. I hope he’s happy.

    • noirluv45

      It hasn’t been proven that it isn’t a choice either. A person decides for him/herself what choices they make.

      Ain’t nobody basing Antoine Dodson. Oh, yes they are!

    • Anthony

      Assuming one can change one’s sexual preference, I do not think Dodson’s proclamation compares to Collins because Collins only acknowledged he was gay after years of coming to terms with himself. Dodson seems to prayed for while, and now proclaims himself transformed. Only time will tell if he really has changed his preference. I think women should be careful about sleeping with him or getting too close because the chances of him being in the closet while proclaiming heterosexuality seem very high to me.

    • noirluv45

      Well, Anthony, too bad his “coming to terms” with his sexual orientation, didn’t take place BEFORE he brought a woman into his life for 8 flipping years.

    • noirluv45

      @JS, I disagree. I believe people can change whatever behavior they want. i don’t believe the “born gay” theory because that’s what it is – a theory. I’m telling you I know a woman who was a lesbian, and who is now married with children. She NO LONGER DESIRES WOMEN. She’ll tell you to this day that she is reformed.

      I don’t think you or anyone else can tell make that call. If people feel like they can “pray it away” and that’s what they’ve done, I’ll take their word for it. Who are you or I to dispute that.

      The bottom line is, whether he’s reformed or not isn’t any of our concern. That’s between him, God, and the woman who might end up with him. It’s no skin off my back if he’s no longer gay, and it shouldn’t be to yours or anyone else’s unless said person gets with him.

    • Elsan

      Your friend was never a lesbian to begin with if she’s actually with a man, faithful, and happy. That’s bisexuality. And there are quite a few bisexual women who are mostly attracted to the opposite sex, but settled down with the same and vice versa. I’d tell you to stop spreading your stupidity, but I can’t blame you completely. I can only blame your ignorance and society’s biphobia (even though there are more bisexual people than gays).

    • Elsan, I’m not at all surprised by your reply. Usually people with limited brain capacity get testy when they are confronted with the truth or someone else’s stance that doesn’t line up their theirs. It’s typical in this day and age, sweetie. I’ll give you a pass. You are one very special person. Wow, I didn’t know you knew my friend and her sexual propensities. I know you’re angry because I’m not lining up with your agenda, but it’s OK.

      I’d tell YOU to stop spreading YOUR stupidity, but I can see that it’s probably hereditary.

      At the end of the day, whatever her sexuality is/was is between her and God. She knows who she is regardless of simpletons who can’t accept reality. You aren’t losing any money for anyone who denounces the gay lifestyle are you? If not, just chill, m’kay.

      Good day.

  • Nobody Not Really

    Gayness can’t be prayed away the same as nothing else can be fixed with ‘prayer’.

    • noirluv45

      You’re right. Nothing can be fixed with prayer if you’ve never prayed.

    • Thuggish Ruggish Bone

      There is evidence that ‘prayer’ does not work. And if this ‘god’ figure chooses to answer some prayers and not others, that would make ‘god’ sadistic.

    • noirluv45

      Thuggish, evidence from whom? From unbelievers? Well, yes, I’m sure many of their prayers may not be answered, but they need to speak for themselves. Of course, if you don’t believe or have faith, maybe that’s why. There are conditions to answered prayer, and THIS GOD whom I KNOW answers prayer is evidence in ME and in the lives around me that HE DOES ANSWER PRAYER.

      If you choose to not believe, so be it. I do and will. Peace.

    • The Moon in the Sky
    • dbsm

      ok. well, maybe he could meditate it away. or subconsciously unroot himself from it.

      the mind is a powerful thing.

  • Yb

    Does internalized homophobia apply in this scenario?

  • DownSouth Transplant

    I have no particular interest in his sexual orientation or bedroom matters, some we just need to keep to ourselves, however the whole black Isralite conversion has me sitting up, I would love for him to write more of that road in his journey, all the other goings on, i have nothing to say but Good Luck, you sure will need it to get through your chosen path, whatever it ends to be.

  • noirluv45

    I’m not at all surprised at the negative tone this story has gotten. If one proclaims their homosexuality, praise and worship is heaped upon his/her head, but God forbid someone says they no longer want to have a same sex relationship AND they’ve become Christians, some people wanna speculating about his/her mental health. I know, denouncing the homosexual lifestyle isn’t PC in today’s world.

    If a straight person were to become “gay,” would anyone question that? Hmmm, somehow I think not. They’d say, “Oh, you just came to the realization that you were gay. You CAN change your sexual preference.”

    This man chooses to not engage in homosexual relationships any longer. It’s not up to me or anyone else to judge him or his intentions. That’s between him and God. I had a friend who was once a lesbian. She became a Christian, and is no longer a lesbian. She’s happily married with 4 children. No, she doesn’t demean gays/lesbians. No, she’s not a “homophobe,” a “Bible thumper,” or “holy roller” as Christians are more commonly know as (it’s open season certain groups, I see). She came to the realization that being with a woman wasn’t right. She’s entitled to that opinion. She doesn’t care whether people agree or disagree.

    Whatever Antoine’s path in life is, I wish him well.

    • Nobody Not Really

      “This man chooses to not engage in homosexual relationships any longer.”

      If I were a bank robber who chose not to engage in a big bank heist, does that mean I am no longer a bank robber even though in the past I engaged in other robberies?

    • noirluv45

      Nobody Not Really, that would make you a FORMER bank robber (past vs. present). Let’s take Jason Collins for example. If he was banging his fiance for 8 years making her believe his preference was for her genitalia when it wasn’t, does that mean he was formerly heterosexual and then is now gay? If I go by your scenario, he’s heterosexual and always will be. He never told her he was gay. He left his fiance believing he was straight, so it’s not like Jason said, “Hey babe, I think I’m gay or bisexual.”

    • jcross

      If a prostitute chooses not to engage in prostitution anymore, does that mean she is no longer a prostitute even though in the past she engaged in prostitution?

      YES, she has changed and is no longer a prostitute, if she doesn’t go back to it.

      Of course, no one can read what’s in someone’s heart, so for now we can only go by their word. How do we know that in Antoine’s case it wasn’t a choice, and something he was experimenting with? Doesn’t mean all gays are acting by choice, but maybe in his case he was. WE DON’T KNOW HIM.

    • dbsm

      jcross i don’t think that is the best analogy

      because i don’t know if people identify with being a prostitute, or rather prostitution is their profession.

      kinda like is a doctor still a doctor if he is no longer practicing medicine?

      but an alcoholic is still an alcoholic even though he/she does not partake…

      and then is antoine not gay because he is no longer physically attracted to men…or because he is not sexually attracted to men…or both? only he can answer that. not all gay men have “gay sex.”

    • jcross

      dbsm: “…because i don’t know if people identify with being a prostitute, or rather prostitution is their profession.”

      My example parallels Nobody Not Really’s example of a bank robber…

      And I mean that if they don’t go back to their ways, undergoing a COMPLETE lifestyle change, then you can’t associate them with their past lives anymore. I said “YES, she has changed and is no longer a prostitute, if she doesn’t go back to it”. An alcoholic is NOT an alcoholic anymore if they never go back to drinking in that way. The doctor example is the one that doesn’t fit.