October 31, 2014
In today’s link, Vicky Beeching briefly describes her conflicted life as a lesbian, along with sordid church efforts to “heal” her, and finally a serious health condition that she suspects was the effect of living a double-life as a popular performer and commentator for conservative Christian culture. She finally decided that enough was enough, and that it was time to live as the person God created her to be: honest, open, and free, and undaunted by her sexuality. She gave herself a goal: to come out by the time she was thirty-five, and she recently reached that milestone.
“…I looked at my life, and thought, ‘I have to come to terms with who I am.’ Thirty-five is half a life. I can’t lose the other half. I’ve lost so much living as a shadow of a person.”
“What Jesus taught was a radical message of welcome and inclusion and love. I feel certain God loves me just the way I am, and I have a huge sense of calling to communicate that to young people. When I think of myself at 13, sobbing into that carpet, I just want to help anyone in that situation to not have to go through what I did, to show that instead, you can be yourself – a person of integrity.”