Hey guys, I only just discovered this forum yesterday, and I have to say: wow, thank you so much. It feels great to know that happy Christian, gay people are out there. And in Australia to boot! The letters written in the “Time to tell my Christian Parents” and “Coming out to my Christian Parents” could have been written by me, I feel very much at home.
My short story is that I am a Church going Christian from Brisbane in my early 20s. A handful of straight friends know that I am gay, and they have been supportive in the “we will still be friends no matter what” kind of way but they don’t really understand nor like to talk about it. Meanwhile, it’s only been over the last 6 months that I have become comfortable about who I am and it feels great not to hate my sexuality anymore.
In any case my issue is that I don’t know anyone else in the world who is Christian and gay. I feel lonely (despite being surrounded by friends) and a little direction less without anyone to “show me the ropes”. I would love to know a few people who have “been there”, who understand, and who can be friends that aren’t scared to go clubbing once and a while.
My question is: how do you find other gay Christians? Organisations like this one seem to be fantastic, but you don’t seem to be active in Brisbane. I managed to find one gay affirming church and whilst they were very welcoming it really wasn’t for me (very different backgrounds and much, much older than me). Given that I am not out and proud it’s hard to connect to that support base that I know I will need once I am out and proud.
So, how did you do it? How did you get that support and make good, Christian, gay friends before freedom 2 be was around?
Thanks so much.