Writer Marlon James was subjected to exorcism because of being gay


Jamaican novelist Marlon James opened up about undergoing exorcism as he did not fit in the deeply religious Jamaican community because of his sexuality. He went to the church every single day trying to ‘pray the gay away’ and got more and more depressed because it did not work. James, who won the Man Booker Prize in 2015 for his third novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, was the first Jamaican to win the prize, although he had to escape this country because of hits homophobia. James had previously described the so-called gay conversion therapy as involving vomiting, prayer and exorcism, and he really believed that it would work and these people were just helping him to get rid of something wrong, and he was not to blame for this ‘wrong’, the devil was. The novelist eventually realized that it would be easier to change his beliefs than the part of his self he is not responsible for. “Then one day it hit me, ‘what if I got rid of the church?’ And that worked smashingly,” he said, adding: “I’m too much of a wuss to be an atheist, but I don’t think I have faith anymore.”


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