Being Exvangelical

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything. I’ve had a lot going on in my life.

Since I know no one actually reads this blog but me, I’m gonna start taking it in a different direction, kinda. The posts about being transgender have mostly wound down, as now I’m on the other side, and I live my life 100% as I want to. That’s a nice thing! But there’s not much there to write about.

I hit a point this last spring where I decided I couldn’t keep my mouth shut anymore, and I needed to start speaking out. This wasn’t a direction I’d planned on going with my life, but it’s working out, I think. I put together a talk called “Leaving the Flock” about some of the struggles I faced in the evangelical church, as I grew up LGBT from within. I’ve given that talk a couple of times now, and I’d like to do it more, but finding places to speak has been hard.

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It has done pretty well on YouTube, however! I’ve managed to touch a lot of people that way. Usually after watching it they tend to contact me to tell me their story, which I like hearing.

 

I stress that my path is mine, and yours is yours, and where yours goes is okay! I just want people to feel happy and be in a supportive place.
The thing is, that sort of damage just doesn’t go away overnight. I was in the evangelical church for over 30 years. The damage is really deep, and very lasting. It’s gonna take me a while to get past it, if I ever do.

And that’s what I wanna start writing about, at least in part. Things I’m struggling with as I re-learn about the world. There’s a whole community of us out there that go with the term “exvangelical,” meaning someone who is an ex-evangelical.

I might pick apart pieces of Leaving the Flock and post about it here, too, as a way to reach and help others. I know it’s a commitment to listen to me talk for a whole hour, but reading a short thing online isn’t so bad.

We’ll see where this goes. If other people start looking at this blog, maybe I’ll change what I do! But I doubt that’ll ever happen. 🙂

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