Yesterday was National Coming Out Day.
I came out to myself in 2003 and fully, publicly in 2005. My memoir is my coming out story.
So, yesterday evening at our local progressive Christian bookstore, Urban Abbey, I did a National Coming Out Day book event.
I read a portion of my story about my struggle to reconcile my calling as a minister with my sexuality. Back in November 2003 I spent a day of private, spiritual retreat trying to decide what to do, but it was finally the airing of HBO’s Angels in America a few weeks later that gave me the courage to come out.
The q&a after the reading covered a wide range of topics, with many focused on the church and its treatment of LGBTQ people.