Coming Out Of The Closet At The Church In The Now

Coming Out Of The Closet At The Church In The Now

by
Abby Zimet

Responding to the recent spate of suicides by teens bullied for being gay, the pastor of a Georgia megachurch has come out as gay to his congregation because "I thought somebody needed to say
something." Pastor Jim Swilley, a father of four, knew he was gay since he was a child; his wife, who
he recently divorced, knew when they married. The response has been
mostly supportive; as for the rest, he says, "It is what it is." Video.

"It's very easy for people who have never experienced something ... to have opinions about it."

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