Rymel was raised in a devout Pentecostal family,and always had difficulty reconciling his homosexuality with his faith. He attempted suicide by 22 and then entered Love in Action's live-in program for Christian men struggling with same-sex attraction. He became outreach director, a position he held from 1991 to 1996. He married a woman in 1995, but they parted ways in 2001. He came out as gay in 2008, is a member of FELA, and is writing his third book, Ex-Gay: 25 Years Later.