By John-Henry Westen

OTTAWA, March 12, 2008 ( – On February 29, 1988 Svend Robinson ‘came out’ as Canada’s first homosexual federal politician.  At that time at a party hosted by Canada’s national homosexual lobby (EGALE) Robinson received congratulations from a young man who’s catchy remark was televised across Ontario on the Global Television network.  As he shook Robinson’s hand, David MacDonald said that Robinson’s coming out on TV “was a moment comparable to when I was 8 years old and saw Neil Armstrong on TV, landing on the moon.”

Robinson’s political career was marked by his campaigns for abortion, euthanasia, human cloning, and lowering the age of consent so adults could have anal sex with 14 year old boys and girls and these youth could have such sex with each other. He led the effort to remove the word “God” from the Canadian Constitution, and to have homosexual ‘marriage’ legalized.  Robinson left politics after being caught stealing a $50,000 ring for an upcoming “marriage” to his homosexual partner. spoke with David MacDonald, who long ago left the homosexual life that he was so involved in at the time Robinson came out in public. 

In his early twenties MacDonald became a successful performer, actor and musician. He produced music for CBS records and NBC TV,  achieved a lead role in a Broadway show, co-starred in films for Columbia and Paramount Pictures and starred as Rum Tum Tugger, the Rock and Roll Cat, in the US National Tour of “Cats.”

MacDonald told that he had been involved with two abortions with girlfriends, and was using drugs and drinking.  Finally on the tour of “Cats” he “burned out completely” his voice and it was the end of his musical career, or so he thought.

At that point, he recalls, he went for counseling to his doctor who had been his family’s physician since childhood. MacDonald discussed being approached for sex by numerous higher ups in show business and several cross gender encounters with other performers.  His doctor surmised that he was a repressed homosexual and urged him to enter a group which encouraged “coming out” as a homosexual.

The session leaders suggested the more he ‘came out’ to friends and family, the better he’d feel about his sexuality.  “At first it felt very freeing, but,” recalls MacDonald, “then I began to feel that something was wrong. The more I came out the worse I felt.”  MacDonald fell into anorexia-bulimia and the signs of his illness – weighing 108 pounds at 5’9″ – began to concern his family and friends.

His world crashed when the doctor who had originally directed him to the Coming-Out Right sessions asked him out on a date. The doctor had a wife and children, but told MacDonald he was gay and had always been attracted to MacDonald.  MacDonald “was devastated,” and ended contact with the doctor.

MacDonald had been attracted to the “New Age” movement because “it made no moral demands.” It was popular in the gay community and among show business people he knew in New York and Hollywood. On the way to Montreal to meet a Guru, he happened upon St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal.  Entering the Church, attracted by its outward majesty, he witnessed sincere prayers and tried it himself, addressing ‘Jesus,’ whom up until that time he thought of as only a prophet, or “ascended master.”

MacDonald explains that when he fully gave himself over to Jesus, he had an “amazing experience.” Soon after, at another experience before a crucifix, he was “healed of anorexia-bulimia, and all my addictions” which included involvement in the homosexual lifestyle. He explains, “I just felt like a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders.”  Even his voice returned.  “On a Christian retreat,” he explained, “my singing voice came back and a series of miracles got me a little recording studio.”

Today David MacDonald is known internationally as a Christian musician.  He says, “I have been free of any sexual encounters for over 20 years and I follow the Church teaching on sexuality. It has been a wonderful and freeing journey.” He travels the world singing his own compositions, reaching countless youth to bring them closer to Christ.  Through his experience with abortion he has become a powerful defender of life. 

When asked what he would say to Svend Robinson today, MacDonald says, “I would share with Svend that when same sex attraction and lust combine there is even a greater form of denial than being ‘in the closet,’ and that is the denial of God’s call on all our lives to Chastity. In the gay community, there is a sentiment that anyone who practices chastity is in denial. I suggest it is the exact opposite. Chastity is total ownership of our human condition, and a total acceptance of God’s ability to keep us chaste. He is actually quite good at that and without him it’s almost impossible.”

To Church communities David says, “I’ve come to understand that helping people with same sex attraction is the Church’s responsibility. We can no longer leave this to the gay community, because paradoxically, sex is not the answer to same sex attraction.” 

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