I was raised in a Christian home. To please my family, my church friends and God himself I tried to overcome my homosexuality. I married at the age of 28. After 3 years of marriage I was no further away from my desire to be with a man than at any other point in my life. I went to EXODUS for a few months and discovered there were other men just like me. However, they were no less homosexual after months and years in the EXODUS program. They just didn't give into the 'temptation'. I don't view homosexuality as an addiction that can be changed by a 12-step program. I also don't view it as a sickness.
The healthiest thing I ever did for myself and those I love was to be honest, come out and admit I am a homosexual. I have done that, got divorced from the woman I married and have been in a very happy relationship with another man for almost 8 years. I can't express enough how much joy, mental and emotional health I have in my life today as a result. I am happy to be queer, gay, a homosexual.
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