Janet Boynes, Michele Bachmann's ex-lesbian pal

In her book, Janet Boynes thanks the Bachmanns for their friendship.
In her book, Janet Boynes thanks the Bachmanns for their friendship.

Defying every known authority in modern psychiatry, Michele and Marcus Bachmann are sure you can "ungay" people. In fact, they've got the ex-lesbian friend to prove it.

Janet Boynes, one of Michele Bachmann's favorite converted homosexuals, is getting increased attention for her testimonial about living a life of sin as a lesbian, only to discover, in the light of God, that she wanted to only have sex with men.

Boynes, the founder of Janet Boynes Ministries, has made recent appearances on a segment of The Oprah Winfrey Network, The 700 Club and the cover of "Charisma," the leading Evangelical Christian magazine in America. In all places, she's pushing not only her far-fetched story from drug dealing lesbian to Christ-like man-lover, but also a memoir called, "Called Out: A Former Lesbian's Discovery of Freedom."

Truth Wins Out, the same gay rights advocacy group that caught Bachmann & Associates trying to "ungay" clients in an undercover video sting, gave Boynes' book a close read.

The Bachmann's relationship to Boynes was first described in City Pages' feature story on Bachmann's rise through Minnesota politics, "The Chosen One." Boynes was brought on stage during a presentation by Marcus Bachmann at something called the "Minnesota Pastors Summit."

On stage, Boynes delivered a line that she uses often to describe her conversion.

The climax of the presentation was when, according to Prins, Bachmann brought up "three ex-gays, like part of a PowerPoint presentation." The trio, two white men and a black woman, all testified that they had renounced their homosexuality. "One of them said, 'If I was born gay, then I'll have to be born again,'" Prins recalls. "The crowd went crazy."

Boynes has written and spoken often about her admiration for the Bachmanns. As Truth Wins Out found when it investigated Bachmann & Associates, the endorsements go both ways. Inside the clinic, on top of a stack of Boynes' books, was a note from the bad doctor himself.

"Janet is a friend. I recommend this book as she speaks to the heart of the matter and gives practical insights of truth to set people free. "

The message, Truth Wins Out reports, was signed, "Marcus Bachmann, PhD."

Michele and Marcus Bachmann also get name-dropped in the Acknowledgements section of "Called Out," with Boynes writing, "our friendship was instant, and you never left my side when things got tough."

Truth Wins Out looked into a number of passages in Boynes' strange book, including one section where Boynes writes about the moment she first tried dating women.

"I knew that I didn't want to be just a sexual object, so I decided that a heterosexual relationship wasn't enough for me and I began seeking women."

If that passage indicates an aspect of choice to sexual orientation, in another section of the book, Boynes prefers ignorance, saying that if there is such a thing as a "gay gene," she'd prefer not to know about it.

Boynes might be ambivalent about homosexuality's origin, but she's utterly damning of its sinfulness later in the book. In a later passage, she compares being gay to pedophilia and beastiality.

"While pedophilia, group marriage, incest, and bestiality are all currently illegal, considered taboo, and may seem incredibly far from being legalized or even normal, remember that fifty years ago homosexuality was also in a similar situation. However, the success of homosexual activism will pave the way for all of these other issues and will make it much easier for them to make their way into our society."

Michele Bachmann, a small-time Minnesota legislator with an anti-gay agenda, endorsed Boynes' conversion and self-loathing in the past. But the Bachmanns' close association with, and promotion of Boynes is now on the long list of questions that Michele Bachmann, serious presidential candidate, refuses to answer.

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