Twitter message receieved, from Matt Lynn@MattLynn :
@queering_church May I ask 3 mins to share my struggle for LGBT equality? I’d sincerely appreciate it: kck.st/1krQ2B3
When gay Christians come out, to family or in church, experiences vary greatly.
I’ve been lucky: my own family, friends and employer were immensely supportive, as I knew they would be. Later, in assorted Catholic parishes, I’ve experienced nothing but good will, and in my present parish, a great deal of encouragement for my gay activism.
For some, it’s more difficult, especially in the more evangelical denominations. Matthew Vines met with resistance from his congregation and disappointment from his parents. They however remained supportive, and Matthew and his father embarked on a joint program of close study of the bible, which gave them to confidence to deal adequately with opposition – and led to first, a powerfuland effective video on homosexuality and the bible, and later to the Reformation Project.
Others have an even harder time, all too often ending in attempted or completed suicide, after meeting rejection from church, family and employer. “A Better Life” is the title of a proposed documentary film that tells the story of one such gay Christian whose coming out experience hit the depths – but has come through to tell the story, of how a better life is indeed possible, for all.