Rev. Michael Pi­azza

Vir­ginia High­land Church www.vhchurch.org

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When and how did you come out?

I came out in sem­i­nary at Emory when I fell in love with a gay class­mate. I came out very pub­licly when the MCC was fire-bombed and the po­lice called me at home. I came down to the church and my pic­ture ended up on the front page of the At­lanta Jour­nal & Con­sti­tu­tion Sun­day edi­tion.

How did re­li­gion play a role in you coming out?

My par­ents are poor red­necks from South Ge­or­gia but the one thing they made clear to me was that no mat­ter what hap­pened in life they loved me. Some­how I al­ways be­lieved that God was like that and so it felt safe to deal hon­estly with who I was.

When I met my part­ner it was the most nat­u­ral thing in the world to get mar­ried in a church, even though that was 1980.

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