Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Christian Closet: Zack


Name: Zack

Age: 22
Gender: Male

Sexual orientation: Gay

Religious denomination: I was raised in a Nondenominational Evangelical Church and joined the Episcopal Church in college.

Education/career: I’m currently finishing a bachelor’s degree in biology and public health, and going back to school to get a nursing degree. My dream is to be a public health nurse and work for a government agency or NGO in an underserved area.

Favorite food: Chicken tikka masala

Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird

Favorite movie: The Prestige

Favorite color: Green

Hobbies/sports/interests: I love reading, spending time with friends and family, and I’ve recently started watercoloring.

Myers-Briggs type: ENFJ

It’s really hard for me to pinpoint the first time that I realized I was gay. I do remember being told at a very young age that people choose to be gay, so I didn’t have the framework to understand why I was so different from the other boys. Being gay was simply not an option. I thought that Christians were never gay, because it was as easy as choosing not to be that way.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Christian Closet: Steven Stevens

Steve Stevens

Name: Steven M. Stevens

Age: 27

Gender: Male

Sexual orientation: Gay

Religious denomination: Non-denominational

Education/career: Illustrator

Favorite food: Lasagna

Favorite book: Life of Pi

Favorite movie: Amelie

Favorite color: Do sparkles count? If not, blue.

Hobbies/sports/interests: Drawing, champagne, Pizza, and Pugs (in that order)

Dreams/goals in life: Write and illustrate a children’s book

Myers-Briggs type: Adventurer ISFP

"Being myself for the first time in my life is truly a gift."

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Christian Closet: A Gay Southern Baptist

A Gay Southern Baptist

I wanted to preface this post with my coming out experience and what that’s been like for me. I’m a guy and I’ve found guys attractive since I was just ten or so years old. It wasn’t until my sophomore year at university where I started to actually come to terms with it. I never planned on coming out, actually, I just opened up to my mom via Facebook, just about a year and a half ago and my life changed quite a bit! I really want to blog post to be a discussion of my experiences as a gay Southern Baptist, an amalgam of two seemingly juxtaposed cultures.

"Gay Christians exist wedged between the LGBT and Christian communities, which can oftentimes prove frustrating or alienating."

Gay Christians exist wedged between the LGBT and Christian communities, which can oftentimes prove frustrating or alienating. In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on the legalization of same-sex marriage, the rift has only widened, forcing me into a limbo where I’m expected to choose between my faith and my sexual orientation, considered a traitor to one over the other. That being said, I’ve been unnaturally lucky in having a father who grew up in Key West, one of the country’s most LGBT-friendly cities, and a socially progressive mother, who have been incredibly supportive since I first came out in 2014.