Growing up the son of a fundamentalist Baptist minister is tough enough. Growing up gay in an environment where your parents, teachers and peers deem evangelical Christians like Jerry Falwell as leftwing liberals is an entirely different experience. Marc Adams grew up in such a home. In an effort to save his own life, he decided at age 16 to rebel against his parents and attend Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University where he thought he could find a way to change his behavior from homosexual to heterosexual. His experience there changed his life and jump started his journey to self acceptance and personal freedom. Marc Adams is the author of nine books including "The Preacher's Son" and "Do's & Don'ts of Dealing with the Religious Right." His newest book, "It's Not About You: Understanding Coming Out & Self Acceptance," deals compassionately with the issue of disclosure reaction. The book includes a foreword by Dr. Shelley Craig, LCSW, a professor at the University of Toronto who is the president of HeartStrong, Inc., and serves on the national PFLAG board of directors. Marc Adams is a widely respected authority on subjects ranging from fundamentalism, the religious right, gay civil rights as well as his ground breaking work with his own nonprofit, HeartStrong. HeartStrong is a social justice organization providing hope and help to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students who are persecuted in religious educational institutions. Marc Adams' presentation covers an often dark side of life. He bridges the serious and dark discussion with humor and all-encompassing human compassion. People from all walks of life who have heard Marc Adams speak find themselves enlightened, uplifted and inspired. As always, we'll go out to dinner after the meeting.