I apologize for the silence of the last couple of days. I’ve been focused on finishing up my Spring semester at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio where I am a student pursuing a Masters of Arts in Counseling Ministries. My hope, at the end of this endeavor, is to be able to help people who, like myself, find themselves conflicted in terms of their sexual orientation/gender identity and their spiritual/philosophical perspective of the world. I have finally submitted the last paper that I needed to for the semester, and I’m excited to be able to dedicate some more time to writing through this blog as well as some other things that I’m eager to try my hand at.
June is fast approaching. That means Pride month. I’ll have lots of exciting things to post from that. I also have my 20-year high school reunion coming up in a couple of weeks. That make me feel really old. I’m excited and curious for that experience though. As I’ve alluded to previously, high school was not the best experience for me. In the last few years, I’ve begun to make contact with some of my high school friends again, and that has been a very positive experience. Given that, I’m looking ahead to this experience very positively. I’ve changed and grown a great deal since high school. It stands to reason that others have as well. I’ll certainly be sharing some of that experience with all of you.
Also, of course, I’ll be sharing some more detailed accounts of the experiences from my life as an ex-gay as well as the experiences that led me out of that way of thinking. My goal in this is to share my story. It is not my goal to share the stories of others or paint of people or groups negatively. I will therefore be using pseudonyms for much of this sharing. If you happened to know me from that time period, and you are reading this blog, I am happy to have you along with me for this experience, but if you comment, please reference those individuals by their pseudonyms in the blog and not by their real names. The purpose of this blog is to be a voice of hope, understanding, and acceptance, not a vehicle for attack or mud slinging. Keep it classy, folks. That’s all I ask.
With that said, I’m looking forward to the months ahead. I plan to launch another blog or two to address other areas of my life that are also authentic to me, but also need to be given their own forum so as to not create an identity crisis for this blog. Thanks so much for reading. I’ll be back with more tomorrow as I begin sharing my first steps into my life as an ex-gay.