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Zach is home — and overwhelmed

The young blogger sent to a Love In Action “reparative therapy” camp by his parents to de-gay him, has been released. He posted the first entry to his blog since returning, deleted all of his old blogs leading up to his institutionalization at LIA, and as reports, he makes it clear that it’s been tough going.

A teenager who caused an international stir among LGBT groups after writing in a Web log that he was being sent against his will to a camp run by a group called “Love in Action International” to “cure” him of his homosexuality has returned home and a new controversy appears to be emerging.

Zack Stark, 16, in his first entry in the log since leaving the camp writes that “Love In Action” has been misrepresented and what I have posted in my blogs has been taken out of perspective and context.” He goes on to say that he isn’t taking back the things he earlier wrote but that they have been removed from the blog.

“I refuse to deal with people who are only focused on their one-sided (biased) agendas. It isn’t fair to anyone. I’m very frustrated with the things going on in my life now, but everyone has their issues. Homosexuality is still a factor in my life— it’s not who I am, it never has been. Those of you who really know me, know that homosexuality was always there but it didn’t run my life, and it will not now.”

The 16 year old says that he does not believe he’s been brainwashed. “It’s almost insulting, thinking about it, to be brainwashed,” he writes. “I think that I’m going to be ok,” he said.

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