Pride Stories: Julian

By June 26, 2018 Home, News, Quotes

We continue our Pride Story series today hearing from Julian.

Coming out as gay is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. At the time I was not proud. I was afraid. I wanted my sexual identity to be the least conspicuous part about me. I wanted to fit in. I wanted to be “normal.” I thought I had no chance of success as a professional actor because of who I was. Also, I believed that I would always be judged or condemned for embracing my truth and thus, I kept all things deemed spiritual or religious at a distance. My decade long “birth” into an out and proud gay man has been messy and painful. Also, it’s been a perfectly divine and holy experience. Pride to me is the recognition of my journey thus far in loving every ounce of myself and knowing that my sexual expression is a sacred piece of who I am. It is a celebration of joy, love, and surrender. It is a celebration of the LGBTQIA community, of which I am PROUD to call myself a member. I now know that my queerness is what makes me POWERFUL. It is part of my soul’s calling. And I am grateful to Bodhi Spiritual Center for being a community in which I can celebrate my PRIDE year round! Through Bodhi I embrace my spirituality with a community that CHAMPIONS ME for who I am, exactly as I am. I love God and I know God loves me <3

– Julian

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