Elder Antonio Jones
Unity Fellowship Church www.unityfellowshipchurch.org
When and how did you come out?
The short version is that I was outed by my exwife. The church then discovered that I was samesex attracted and attempted to “deliver” me. After several episodes of this failed attempt to “deliver” me, I delivered myself from the bondage of oppression I experienced in that church and into the wonderful bliss I experienced when I finally knew that God created me to be gay.
How did religion play a role in you coming out?
Interestingly, religion contributed to my internalized homophobia and my self hatred. But today, it is religion, so to speak, that ushered me (no pun intended) into the realization that denial of my sexual orientation was a denial of one the greatest gifts that God gave me.
Religion created a thirst in me that could only be quenched by understanding why God would create someone that he detests or by understanding that this statement was absolutely wrong. My former church taught me that that God could not and would not love anyone who is same-sex attracted. I was taught that my very presence as a gay man would cause God to vomit.
It did not make sense to me and I knew I did not “choose” to be gay so I continued to seek God’s voice and God spoke clearly through my denomination which taught me that “God loves me just the way that I am.” One might say I lost God and found God through religion.