Day 15: The Untold Story Inside of You
Today is Day 15 of the Thirty Days of Love. Today’s Daily Action is to reflect on your story, maybe through a haiku, 140 characters on Twitter, or a six word story. Then, share on social media, with friends over coffee, or in your own journal. However, you do it: write it down! Click here for resources, family actions, and more! Click here to sign up for the daily Thirty Days of Love emails.
“There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you.” – Maya Angelou
Growing up in a small town in Georgia, I didn’t know any LGBTQ people. I didn’t see queer people in my school or my church, and the stories I did hear were whispered through layers of shame, silenced by the pressures of my small southern town.
The story I was told, again and again, had a boy meets girl plot and usually a happy ending. I spent years attempting to replicate these fairy tales in my own life, but the endings were never so happy. Instead of finding my Prince Charming, I only hurt myself and others trying to live a story that was not my own.
When we are silenced by oppressions, our truths remain untold.
In a world that pits gays against Christians, we never hear stories of people who embrace Christian faith and LGBTQ identities. As a southern queer femme with a strong Baptist faith, I’m proud to be living a different story, a happy but messier story. I discovered my queer identity in seminary, less than a month after I reclaimed my faith, and I’ve spent almost four year journeying into a queer Christian identity I can truly call my own.
My story is one of the many narratives that interrupts the false dichotomy of gays vs. Christians. Each day, I’m honored to share testimonies of LGBTQ Christians and allies across the country through my work at Believe Out Loud.
Stories create possibilities. Yes, you can be gay and Christian. Yes, you can be a pastor who comes out. Yes, you can be an accepting, loving, and affirming Texan father.
Our stories open doors, and our stories are the way we share hope and possibility with the world.