They’re Gay, They’re Christian And They’re Celibate!
(RNS) When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom responded by taking her to an ex-gay ministry in Dallas. Rodgers had grown up in a nondenominational evangelical church where she assumed being gay wasn’t an option.
“With ex-gay ministries, it gave me the space to be honest about my sexuality,” said Rodgers, now 28. Yet that same honesty eventually led her away from ex-gay ministries.
Rodgers spent several years in Exodus, the now-defunct ex-gay ministry, before deciding she couldn’t become straight after trying to date men. Instead, she has chosen celibacy.
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GAY50: This is just one more option for a segment of our population. It is important that we the people who demand acceptance of our diversity also show the same acceptance to others within our community who make different choices. As homosexuality becomes more “mainstream” (for lack of a better word) we will find these voices who will express their lives in different ways than we have witnessed previously. Hopefully as a community we will accept these differences and not make our brothers and sister feel ostracized. There must be room under our rainbow flag for all!