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Ted Haggard: ‘I would identify myself as a bisexual’

by Brad A. Greenberg

January 27, 2011 | 6:33 pm

It was a quick downfall for Ted Haggard, the former head of the National Association of Evangelicals who was undone by a drugs and gay sex scandal. But what has gotten into him now?

Kevin Roose, the author of “The Unlikely Disciple,” has an revealing profile of Haggard in the newest GQ. It’s a must-read, and TPMMuckraker sums up Haggard’s most-surprising comment:

In a new GQ profile, Rev. Ted Haggard addresses the continued assumptions that he’s gay, following revelations years ago that the prominent evangelical had a drug-fueled sexual relationship with a gay male former escort: “I think that probably, if I were 21 in this society, I would identify myself as a bisexual.”

But, he told GQ’s Kevin Roose: “I’m 54, with children, with a belief system, and I can have enforced boundaries in my life. Just like you’re a heterosexual but you don’t have sex with every woman that you’re attracted to, so I can be who I am and exclusively have sex with my wife and be perfectly satisfied.”

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