Since jumping back into the world of online communities, I’ve been “unpacking” boxes containing things I had associated with my Christian culture prior to coming out and leaving home for good. In times past, it was anxiety-producing to peek into those boxes. It is one thing to believe God loves me for me, and welcomes my sexual orientation wholeheartedly. It’s an entirely other thing to experience the familiar culture of my past alongside my current context. When my church (I attend a Metropolitan Community Church) began using contemporary worship songs, it was very triggering and anxiety-producing for me because those songs I strongly associated with my past environment. The anxiety was about mingling together parts of me that I had kept separate. I didn’t think . . . Continue reading
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