Reconciling Faith and Identity
Many people expressed in their interviews a struggle to reconcile their faith and LGBTQ+ identity. While some were eventually able to reconcile the two through open and affirming churches or through their own realizations, many were too hurt by organized religion to return, such as David Walker who said he “needs apologies” and Kathy Fillman who said organized religion has “done more harm than good.” Others simply found they did not need religion in their lives, while some became members of other faiths, such as Anthony Sylvestre who became a Buddhist. Others still simply practice their own spirituality outside of organized religion.
They didn’t have to either have their sexuality or their faith—that they could have both together,” – Rev. Eva O’Diam, 2015