Pulse Shooting Survivor Says He Found Freedom from 'Perversion' in Jesus Christ
A survivor from the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Fla., in 2016 has announced that he found a new identity in Jesus Christ, is no longer gay, and will join the Freedom March in Washington, D.C., this weekend.
"I should have been number 50!" Luis Ruiz posted on Facebook, referencing the 49 people who tragically lost their lives in the shooting. "Going through old pictures of the night of Pulse, I remember my struggles of perversion, heavy drinking to drown out everything and having promiscuous sex that led to HIV."
Responding to those who might claim Ruiz was never gay to begin with, he declared, "My struggles were real! The enemy had its grip, and now God has taken me from that moment and has given me Christ Jesus. I've grown to know His love in a deeper level."
The ex-gay man said the Pulse nightclub shooting hit him particularly hard. Two "out of the 49 were my close friends and are no longer with us. They lost their life that night."
"I should have been number 50 but now I have the chance to live in relationship and not religion - not just loving Christ but being in love with Christ and sharing His love," Ruiz added.
He concluded with a powerful declaration of his identity in Jesus. "I know who I am and I am not defined with who the enemy says I use[d] to be - but who Christ Jesus says I am," Ruiz declared.
Along with this message, Ruiz promoted the Freedom March, an event bringing together former homosexuals and former transgender people to celebrate freedom from LGBT lifestyles. Ruiz shared a powerful video from the Freedom March featuring many different former LGBT people who found freedom from the LGBT movement in Jesus Christ.
The Freedom March will take place on May 5, and the organizers have partnered with Voice of the Voiceless, an organization dedicated to defending "the rights of former homosexuals, individuals with unwanted same-sex attraction, and their families."
Christopher Doyle, co-founder of Voice of the Voiceless, told NBC News that the event is "about celebrating our lives and not hating the LGBTQ movement. We made a conscious choice to leave homosexuality, and we should be able to do that without being mocked."
Instead, however, ex-gays are mocked mercilessly and their existence is blatantly denied by LGBT organizations. Indeed, Doyle himself joined groups over 20,000 licensed therapists, psychiatrists, and physicians in filing a complaint against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the Human Rights Campaign, and the National Center for Lesbian Rights, accusing these groups of "mass deception and fraud."