God's Calling: A Pastor of a Georgia
Megachurch "Comes Out" to His Congregation
This is a powerful video that
shows Pastor Jim Swilley's "coming out"
discussion with his congregation in Georgia.
His ex-wife of 21 years (and co-pastor at the
church) is also present and is equally as moving
as Pastor Jim is. This discussion touches
on many issues that are worth hearing,
especially if you are a parent, family member or
friend who still struggles with the fact that
your loved one is gay or lesbian, or whether
this is a "choice" or inborn, or with what your
faith teaches about homosexuality. It is
also worthy watching if you yourself are gay or
lesbian and are still struggling to accept your
identity, or your place in the world as a gay or
lesbian individual. The discussion lasts
about an hour and 15 minutes. I cannot
encourage you enough to take the time to watch
and learn. And, I think you'll be pleased
with the response given by the congregation.
In 1957, Reba had to give up for
adoption a beautiful baby boy. Thirty
years later, this beautiful boy reappeared as a
young man in Reba's life, and she was overjoyed
with the re-discovery of her long lost son.
However, her son came with a secret that he
wondered if he dared to share with Reba.
What happened next . . . well, you'll have to
read for yourself. Suffice it to say that
the police were eventually involved and Reba got
herself arrested, but a happy outcome was
ultimately had by all.
Reba's story . . . .
"If you are expecting
this story to be about a vampire falling
in love with a human or a boy
a magical wand, you will be seriously
disappointed. However, if you are
anticipating a heartwarming story about
a family with two teenagers coming out
on the same day, you are in luck."
This is Mannyy's
story . . .
was this hole that
I had all of my life.”
talks to her
Alperin about falling in
love with her partner,
Bud's Story What do you do when your best friend "comes out" to you?
Some people freak. Bud did . . . initially. But, instead of
shunning his friend, Bud chose to reexamine why he felt the way he did
and where he had learned so much
misinformation that certainly didn't apply
to his friend. That process of self-examination had a profound effect
on Bud. See how, here!
A gay man's letter to his mother in which he respectfully
and articulately challenges her to again examine her conservative religious
beliefs on homosexuality with the hope that she may continue to grow in
her understanding and acceptance of her son. At the time the letter
was written, Daniel had been " out" to his parents for over 13 years.
Kathy’s Story A mother discovers that her teenage son,
Mark, is gay.
From the St. Petersburg Times’ series called
“Love Stories”, Kathy’s story features a PFLAG
family and their support of their gay teen son.
It is well written, and it’s quite impressive
that this family’s story is included in the
newspaper’s series on love stories.
Story A mother and father, upon learning that their son is
"transgender" and is about to go through with "the operation", thanks
PFLAG Phoenix for all the support and education they've received.
Story A gay man’s “coming out” letter to his mother . . . including
a step-by-step examination and explanation of how he struggled against
his sexual orientation for many years . . . and what’s happened since!
& Lori's Story One couple's incredible journey to start a family of
their own...and how their dreams, their hopes and their joy was more than
Story This mother, known to us only
as "Seething Mom", contacted us in 2006.
She wanted to share her ongoing story, and her
gay son's story, with other parents to show them
that there is hope in this journey that all
parents must begin when their child "comes out"
to them. She has created an amazing blog
that truly speaks from the heart!
Story Poor sweet, innocent Tinky was "outed" to his friends and family
by an over-zealous crackpot named Jerry. However,
Tinky held his head (and his purse) high and was
redeemed in the end when it was revealed that Tinky
wasn't actually gay . . . according to Jerry, he just
"dresses that way."
Story Imagine for a moment what it would be like to struggle
with your sexuality when you are an older adult, let's say your mid-30's.
Okay, now imagine that you are also in the ministry when you figure it
all out. Ouch! Okay, to really spice things up, let's also
imagine that you're currently serving as the official chaplain to the
Arizona State Legislature, not exactly your most open-minded group
of people. That would make some story, huh? Well, meet Reverend
Charles "Charley" Coppinger. It's his story!
A wife discovers that her husband of 24 years is gay
and must decide what to do about her marriage, her children and her self.
Glenda’s Story (or is it her son
Ben’s story?) A
MUST READ!!! This is the story of the
night Ben's mother, Glenda, learned that her son
was gay . . . and a most special magical moment
that resulted! It's ABSOLUTELY the
SWEETEST (and MOST HEARTFELT) story you’ll ever
read!!! If only every story could be like
this one . . . .
Glenda's story comes to us from the Henderson,
Kentucky/ Evansville, Indiana PFLAG chapter.
Story A teenager discovers that her father is gay and, after going into her own
"closet" about that reality, she confronts her
father and ultimately
becomes one of his biggest supporters!
Lou's Story A wife, mother and grandmother's story of her life-long
struggle with her feelings, and her two "coming out" stories...the first
after 19 years of marriage, and the second only recently as a proud gay
Story A married man’s journey to “come out” to himself . .
. and then to his wife. "Phil's Story" continues to unfold as Phil
is currently writing more "chapters" about his journey and struggle as
a man married to his wife who struggles with his homosexuality. Check
back occasionally to read the latest installments!
Story A mother learns that her son is gay . . . and that he
is battling AIDS, and in the process, discovers a whole new life of giving,
educating and advocating for the rights of others.
Story A teenager's college entrance essay on the most significant event in her
life--the night she "came out" to her
mother. Did her mother accept her? Did the
college accept her? Read her story and find out
Story! Why not add your story here so that others can learn from your
journey? Contact us!