Growing up, religion was a big part of my life. At the time of my birth my name, Emmanuel, was inspired by my parents recent conversion into Christianity. In short, I left the church after 16 years of sitting through hate-filled sermons on homosexuality. A word that I didn’t know what it meant, but that I identified with since I was 11 years-old. As I’ve gotten older I’ve met other gays with similar upbringings and have found some comfort in sharing my “church” experience with them.
I came across this video by Josh Guzman that spoke to me on a personal level. After hearing about the hate crimes in New York, Josh, a “Fundamentalist Christian” decided to do a response video on anti-gay violence and address gay and lesbian youth who are conflicted by the “ignorance” of other Christians. As someone who knows first hand how painful that experience can be I’m glad Josh decided to speak out. By the way his channel is called Question What You Believe. Amen to that!
What are you thoughts on Josh’s message? Leave your comment.