Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering…be killed, and on the third day be raised. And Peter took him aside…saying, “…This must never happen to you.” …Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 16:21-28).
“No son of mine is going to be a faggot…get out of my house.”
“When I visited with Felix at his church, there was a lot of this ‘faggots are going to hell stuff.’”
These searing proclamations were uttered by Felix’s mother and his church. Felix was the childhood best friend of MLP board member Eric Thomas. In a recent interview produced by the LGBT Story Archive project, “I’m from Driftwood,” Eric compares his experience coming out as gay and having an accepting mother and church with his friend Felix who came out as gay to an unsupportive mother and church. Nurtured in a welcoming and affirming environment, Eric was able to build a strong faith that led him to Seminary and now to Ph.D. work at Drew University. Things turned out very differently for Felix. When he died, recalled Eric, “the report came back that it was complications with both AIDS and with drug interactions that exacerbated his situation.” Read more