In the battle against proposed Californian law AB2943, a new website (Oncegay.com) has been formed to give people who have left homosexuality a voice. In a publication called “Changed” nearly 40 stories of individuals who have left homosexuality were compiled. Their stories of change were brought together to address California legislative bill AB294. It was given to each California senator on June 11th. On the 31st of August 2018, the bill AB2943 was repealed before being voted upon. Click here to view the booklet.
A team of its contributors personally delivered copies to each senator on June 11th, then on the morning of June 12th gathered together to share their stories publicly. The two and a half hours of live stories spoken from the California Capitol steps have birthed this movement that trumpets the voices of those who have left the LGBTQ lifestyle.
On the interactive website Oncegay.com, a click on the title of one of the contributors leads to a blog written by that person to express a genuine story.
The voices featured in the booklet “Changed” offered their stories on behalf of Californians to protect their rights to live according to one’s personal convictions. These men and women took time in May 2018 to share their stories on behalf of thousands among the LGBTQ+ community whose lives will be dramatically impacted by legislation restricting goods and services that address sexuality.
There are few safe places for those of us who once identified as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer/questioning to publicly share our experiences of leaving homosexuality. Many that we contacted were unwilling to make their stories public due to the intense efforts some take to publicly shame us.
Inside are vulnerable, authentic and sometimes raw accounts of the hope and prosperity their journeys offered as they questioned their sexuality and gender identity.
People should have the freedom to pursue counseling and personal life choices that bring them true happiness. Enclosed are stories of change that might never have happened if that freedom were taken away.
Here is an excerpt of some of the stories:
One book I read about a guy coming out of homosexuality changed my life.
At my lowest, I saw myself as a woman. Now I see myself as a man and enjoy being a man.
If I had not had access to counseling… I could have come out and said, “I’m going to live a homosexual lifestyle,” but I didn’t want it.
We read books that helped us gain perspective on our sexuality. Today, I feel more peace within myself than I ever have in my whole life.
I couldn’t imagine fighting the same-sex desires my whole life or bearing the weight of loneliness and self-hatred. Counseling saved my life because it gave me hope and encouragement.
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You can pre-order the newly expanded ebook here.