Matt

Location:

Philadelphia, PA

Member since:

August 7, 2013

What do you hope to get out of this group?

new friends, a stronger faith, spiritual guidance, gangsta rap, good times

How often do you hope to meet?

weekly

What has your faith/spiritual journey looked like? How has being LGBT affected that?

I grew up in a conservative Christian household. I struggled with my sexuality for many years. Throughout high school and college, I went through reparative therapy and tried to change/suppress my sexual orientation. This was applauded by my Christian pastors and friends. I had several important experiences that changed my view of being gay, but the most important experience was learning to read the Bible as the testimony of Jesus rather than a list of rules that speak on every single topic ever. I came out to family and friends in January of this year. I told them how my view of being gay has changed, and that I am going to live as an openly gay man. Most people I came out to were very loving and accepting in their response. However, my parents were not. They seem to think that if I just have the right Christian resource, I will view being gay as a sin again. I struggle with how to handle their reaction. At any rate, I am excited about this new chapter in my spiritual journey!

Snack of choice?

hope

Introduction

Yo. I'm Matt. I grew up in Bowie, MD - right between DC and Annapolis. I went to Liberty University in VA where I studied music education. I have been an elementary school music teacher for the past two years. It's the best job ever.


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