I’m a national speaker and storyteller helping LGBTQ people navigate their coming out process and educating faith leaders, healthcare workers, companies, business leaders, and family members on the importance of full inclusion. I’m the author of Refocusing My Family and most recently, Unashamed, which is the first coming-out guide for LGBTQ people of faith. Many people know me as the gay daughter of a 30-year executive at Focus on the Family. Just as you’d imagine, one defining moment of authenticity cost me everything. My experience propelled me into a world of helping others foster self-acceptance and reconcile their faith with their sexuality so that they can live and thrive in the world without shame.
The Bottom Line:
I believe stories are important. I believe that they have the power to change hearts, and even to change lives. At their core, I want people to love who they are. I also want them to know that they don’t have to change anything about their sexual orientation or gender identity in order to be fully loved and embraced by God. Full stop. Harmful theology is physically and spiritually killing LGBTQ people. That fact, coupled with my own personal experience of pain and loss, makes me passionate about the work that I do. Prior to my advocacy work, I spent fifteen years in the field as a certified Sign Language Interpreter. I am in an inter-racial, same-sex marriage, I am the dog mom of two, and I live with an invisible disability. These intersectional identities inspire me to actively fight for the equality, equity, and dignity of all people.