Coming Out Of The Closet At The Church In The Now

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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