From Huffington Post:HolyWaterBottles 300x240 Gay College Student Made to Drink Holy Water to Be Cured of Homosexuality

Patrick Malkoun, an International Development Studies student at UCLA, shared his story of coming out to his Lebanese Maronite Catholic family. After dealing with depression from being closeted, he came out to his parents, who did not react well. “I was taken to ex-gay therapy via religious means,” Malkoun told host Tiffany Williams in a segment on HuffPost Live. “It was like basically an exorcism.”

Malkoun used the religious ceremony to help him through a different struggle: “I drank holy water but I viewed religion in my benefit, so when I was drinking that holy water, I was thinking like ‘ooh I have this big exam coming up, I could use holy water to help.’”