Moving Beyond Gay
Getting back to the core subject of this blog, Disputed Mutability has an interesting post about the things that she would recommend about “ex-gay” ministries. Specifically she writes about support groups, rather than reparative therapy. In her latest offering there is this fantastic section where she, like many others (including myself), understands what the path of discipleship is really about.
Abandonment of gay identity: Okay, This is far more controversial than the others, Iâ€™m sure. But I found for myself that moving past gay identity was essential for living stably and contentedly according to my beliefs as a same-sex attracted Christian woman. So this part of the exgay teaching I found extremely helpful. I really need to say more about it, but I donâ€™t think this post is quite the place to do it. So let me just say this: Abandoning gay identity doesnâ€™t mean being in denial. It doesnâ€™t mean â€œnaming it and claiming itâ€, proclaiming that youâ€™re â€œhealedâ€, that youâ€™re totally straight and happily heterosexual, while youâ€™re still homosexually attracted. What it means is radically altering the role that the fact of your homosexual attractions plays in your thinking about your self and your life. I used to feel that my homosexual attractions were at the very core of my being, a very fundamental part of who I was, so much so that I couldnâ€™t imagine who I would be without them, I couldnâ€™t separate them from who I was meant to be, from my normative conception of my life. And I used to very strongly socially identify as gay, so that I saw gay people as my people, my tribe. As a result of these things, after my conversion and conviction that homosex was sin, I felt like a walking contradiction and a traitor to boot. Different people report different experiences, but I personally found it impossible to maintain a stable, contented, faithful walk with God in accordance with my beliefs without letting those identifications go to some degree. Exgay ministries helped me to begin doing that.
I believe the word you’re looking for is “post-gay“.