Why Maybe Gay People Should Stop Coming Out

This message could not have been presented more eloquently or powerfully. Honestly…I had to stop a couple of times and clear the tears from my eyes.

This should be reblogged everywhere, posted to FB and discussion boards, and taken into the pulpits across Christendom.



john pavlovitz

Closets aren’t for people.

Last night, I attended a nonprofit event in Greensboro and had the chance to hear a message from Wade Davis, a former NFL player and an eloquent advocate for LGBT rights.

Davis’ powerful testimony included a statement which spoke loudly to my heart as a pastor and Christian. His words were, (and I am paraphrasing to the best of my recollection):

Closets aren’t for people. They’re for old coats and shoes and dust. I was never in the closet, I just couldn’t be honest with who I really was to the world around me. As a gay man, I’m not coming out of the closet. I’m inviting you in.

To me this was more than just a matter of semantics, or simply a clever bit of wordsmithing.

This was revelatory truth.

As much as I’ve tried to be an ally to the LGBT community, and to facilitate real conversation between it and the faith community…

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3 thoughts on “Why Maybe Gay People Should Stop Coming Out

  1. Hello. While I have never suggested we gay people run up to everyone we see and announce our sexuality, I do see the benefit of being “out” and open. See it is important that people know we are around, we are not ashamed, and we are willing to saying we love who we love. See straight people don’t announce that they come out as straight, however they do talk about their families, and they do often ask loaded questions about ours. It is important we correct them with out fan fair, with out anger or distress, just simple correction…my wife is a same sex spouse thanks for asking. Hugs


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