06/20/2013 04:58 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Exodus International Ex-Gay Survivor Discusses 'Homoerotic' Experience: 'The Damage...Was Astounding' (VIDEO)

After nearly four decades of preaching a "cure" for homosexuality, the Christian ministry Exodus International is closing its doors. Ex-gay survivor Sean Sala joined HuffPost Live host Josh Zepps Thursday to discuss his experience with Exodus International.

Sala, who said he joined Exodus as a "last-ditch effort" to change his sexual orientation after being told he was "demon-possessed" by the church, spent only a few months with the organization but said that the damage it had done to him"was astounding" and "bears true witness to the poor souls who were in it for years on end."

"The damage that is done nationally and internationally is unprecedented," he said.

Sala described his time with Exodus as "kind of laughable" and "homoerotic."

"It was an entire circle of men who are gay that were sharing homoerotic stories about their experiences," he said. They wanted to know how many times I masturbated during the week, they wanted to know what I thought about."

According to Sala, "the go-to thing" was the notion that "you're gay because you're molested." After butting heads with a counselor for rejecting accusations of molestation, Sala says he was deemed "undeliverable, rebellious and arrogant to the program."

"I was most definitely suicidal," Sala says of his time spent in the ministry.

Watch the full segment below:



Most Inspiring LGBT Religious Leaders