I’m a national speaker and a 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, and just as you imagine, that one defining moment of authenticity cost me everything. Losing everything I held dear propelled me into a world of helping others dissolve shame, foster self-acceptance, and reconcile their faith with their sexuality so that they can live and thrive in the world.
The Bottom Line:
I believe stories are important. I believe they have the power to change hearts and to even change lives. At their core, I want people to love who they are, and I 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 killing LGBTQ people both physically and spiritually. 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 worked 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 make me passionate about fighting for the equality, equity, and dignity of all people.