Christian, Progressive Christian, Democrat, Alt-Right, Republican, Pro-Life, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Roy Moore, Doug Jones, Jesus Christ

Christians-Stop Making Excuses for Politicians

When did we, as God-fearing Christians, start making excuses for people because they align with a particular political party? Why do we excuse everything they do just because they’re pro-life? Why do we care about an unborn life until the baby is born, then we no longer care?

When it comes to Donald Trump, it doesn’t matter how many affairs he has, the way he speaks about people who are Mexican and Muslim, the racism he shows, the way he tweets or the inappropriate way he treats his daughter. Christians will always find a way to defend him.

When Roy Moore ran for Senator in my home state of Alabama, few people cared that he’s a pedophile. All they cared is that he’s pro-life. I was shamed by people of my own faith when I voted for Doug Jones. Again, people don’t care once the baby is born.

If the Alt-Right is confronted about what the politicians on their side have done, they point the finger at the left, particularly Bill Clinton. (Not that he doesn’t deserve it, but there’s a time and a place.) But when people say, “I’m not talking about Bill Clinton.” The Alt-Right will deflect.

My point is, I’m a Progressive Christian, and we should stop making excuses for politicians just because they are Republicans and claim to be both Christian and pro-life. There’s a clear difference between walking the walk and talking the talk. You have to do both.

I’m not against the Republican Party, I’m against hypocrisy. You’ll see hypocrisy on both sides, and I believe the majority of Republicans have more integrity than the Alt-Right.

Please, more than ever, I ask my fellow Christians who support Donald Trump, “Is this a Christ-like attitude? Would Jesus treat His fellow neighbors this way?”

The Democratic Party isn’t perfect and has many flawed politicians and people within who support the party. So, please don’t think that I think Democrat’s are blameless because they surely aren’t.

Now, more than ever, if you are a Christian, no matter what Party you align yourself with, you must truly reach within your heart and ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?”

News, Movies, Christian, Christian Films, Indvisible

News on the Upcoming Movie INDIVISIBLE

This was originally posted on 07/01/2017.

Indivisible wrapped production recently. The film tells the true story of an Army chaplain and Iraqi war vet who comes home and is faced with an emotional struggle that threatens both his marriage and family. Director David Evans said that he had originally wanted to do a fictional film about an Army chaplain, but ended up coming across this true story about a man named Chaplain Darren Turner. David Evans said about Darren’s story, “When only half of all marriages survive these days, a true story of a couple’s fight to save their family had to be told.”

A majority of the film was shot in Memphis, Tennessee, but the Iraq scenes were filmed near Santa Monica, California. The film took a total of 32 days, 22 of those took place in Memphis and 10 took place in Santa Monica.

The synopsis of the film is as follows, Darren and Heather Turner are ready to follow their calling: serving God, family, and country. Then the war starts to take a toll on the family and leaves them with deep battle scars. Darren and Heather are now thrown into a battle to save their marriage.

Darren said of that time, “God was at work in my life and in my marriage even as I did everything I could to walk and everyone else. He accomplished a miracle in our family. It’s encouraging to us that it matters to people, that it wasn’t in vain, that there is a purpose even in our heartbreak.”

Sarah Drew, one of the film’s stars and executive producer, said of the movie, “The heart of the film is about marriage. The military is the setting through which we tell a story about what it means to fight hard for the vows you make on that day that you stand before God and your community and you say, “I will love you until the day I die.”

Indivisible is set to be released in 2018.

Ex Pastor, Christian, Interview, Atheist

My Interview with Former Pastor Jerry DeWitt

(originally published on March 26, 2018)

As I have stated before, I like to reach out to people that I don’t always agree with. For instance, when I did my interview with the very underrated YouTuber ThyNameIsSkeppy, I went into it knowing that we didn’t agree on several things, but I wanted to have an open dialogue with her. It turned out to be a wonderful experience and I enjoyed it very much.

Ever since I did that interview, I’ve been itching to do another one with someone I disagree with (Of course, this has been my goal since 2016. But, God’s timing isn’t exactly out timing). Hey, speaking of God, have you heard of Jerry DeWitt? If you haven’t, then I’ve got a treat for you!

Just the other day, I came across a great video on the New York Times YouTube Channel called Bible Belt Atheist. I was intrigued, so I watched the video. I learned about how Jerry DeWitt grew up in a Christian home in Louisiana. For twenty-five years, Jerry was a minister, and he even admitted in the video that those were some of the best years of his life. But Jerry said that as he studied it over time, he started noticing more and more of “man’s fingerprints” across the Bible. Jerry gradually realized that he had become an Atheist. And things took a downward turn for him for quite a while.

I don’t want to give too much away because I want you to watch the video, so instead, I’ll get into my conversation with Jerry. I reached out to him the day after I watched the video and asked if I could interview him for my blog. Jerry couldn’t have been nicer and was all for it. We very quickly set up a time and the following day, we had a wonderful conversation over the phone.

It was important for Jerry to let me (as well as others) know that he didn’t lose his faith. As he said that you lose things like car keys, but faith isn’t something that he “lost.” Instead, he came to the realization that he, deep down, is an atheist, plain and simple.

I told him that I was sorry that he lost so many friends when he became open about his true feelings and how I didn’t feel like that was right. Jerry was very sweet about my response. From there, He told me a lot of insightful things about politicians and Christianity; while he was in the ministry Jerry was in the process of being groomed to run for mayor. Jerry also let me know that many, many politicians are basically actors (particularly, on the right side) and are having to play the part of a traditional Christian with traditional Christian values, while many of them don’t actually believe what they’re saying deep down and don’t live those lifestyles in their day-to-day lives. The reason why they play that part is because they want to appease the voters and say all the things their target demographic wants to hear. He let me know that many of them would rather be honest about who they really are and what they believe, but they (as well as the people in their campaigns) know that their key demographic won’t tolerate it. So, they put on a performance in order to get votes. (Makes perfect sense to me, to be honest. In fact, I’m sure many of us can name several politicians that do just that.)

I asked Jerry what the process was like when he became honest with his community about his true beliefs, and how the overall reaction was, especially with his immediate family. He had already stopped preaching full-time, but would still do occasional public speaking events at Christian events. It was always a very conflicted feeling because he felt hypocritical. So, for as long as he could, he would preach things about the Bible he still believed in, such as loving your neighbor as yourself.

As I said, Jerry was no longer a pastor and was at that time; he was working for a friend. Once he started becoming open about where he stands when it comes to his faith, the backlash was swift. Sadly, Jerry didn’t just lose many friends, but most of his family had stopped talking to him. In fact, Jerry’s boss/friend was getting so much pressure from their small town that he ended up firing Jerry, which led to filing for bankruptcy so he could save his home from foreclosure.

I had to know about his son, who I saw in the video. Jerry told me that is his only child and that he is his very best friend. As of today, the two of them have become business partners with certain projects! It was beautiful hearing that Jerry always had his son by his side and how strong their bond is.

On the subject of faith, I learned so much from Jerry’s point of view. I had mentioned the documentary For the Bible Tells Me So (one of my favorites) and how the movie explains that Christians have misinterpreted the Bible to preach against homosexuality. Jerry gave me his take on it, suggesting that homosexuality is against the Bible, as well as how it constantly contradicts itself, even within the four gospels. Jerry also said that with each interpretation of the Bible, the confusing timelines and contradictions that we see in the four gospels never should have happened.

I thought that Jerry was making some excellent points. I made sure to throw my two cents in. I told him that I always tell others that although I’m well aware that the Bible does indeed contradict itself, I know that I’ll never have all the answers and I’m OK with that. I just do the best I can and I’ll know everything once I get to the other side. Jerry didn’t disagree with that mentality, what he has a major issue with is that many people of faith will put the Bible in this Petri dish and under a microscope in order to prove everything in it. That’s something I couldn’t have agreed more with. I told him that one of my best friends, who is a progressive atheist, once said something years ago that I hold close to my heart to this day: “You can’t prove faith with science, that’s why it’s faith.” Jerry and I both agreed with that statement.

One of Jerry’s main goal’s is to get people in the voting booth and vote for what benefits society, not what benefits a “moral agenda.” Once again, I agree. Although I love living in Alabama, being a Liberal Christian is a rarity here. Although Jerry isn’t the stereotypical “social justice warrior”, there are a lot of social justice issues that he does believe in, such as gender equality. (Ding, ding! We agree again, there! I told him that it was my husband who taught me about the correct definition of feminism, which is gender equality, not any of this 3rd wave feminism.)

Of all the many, many things that impressed me about Jerry is that he is (just like my friend that I mentioned earlier) a progressive atheist. While we were talking, I told him that I like to reach out to people who disagree with me, including atheists. I feel like, at the end of the day, we can stand together in spite of our differences. Although Jerry agrees, he informed me that just like close-minded Christians there’s the same problem with certain atheists He told me that once you start to open up a conversation with them, all of a sudden Christians will be challenged about every little thing in the Bible that isn’t “right.” Jerry bravely informs atheists that they don’t have the right to call Christians “hypocrites”, just like we don’t have the right to tell them that they’re going to hell. Atheists feel pretty jaded hearing that, but I applaud him for doing the right thing. The same thing goes for Christians. We have no right to tell atheists, or anyone else who disagrees with us, that they’re going to hell. Not only is that NOT our decision, but that’s just pushing people away further. Speaking of pushing people away…..

Jerry told me that the reason why so many people become atheists is that they are “whipped with the Bible like the cat of nine tails.” Therefore, they start to push back because they get so tired of having religion shoved down their throats and never allowed to ask questions. In fact, Jerry told me that if he had grown up in a more progressive Christian home, then it would have been more likely that he would have turned out to be a progressive Christian and not an atheist.

For a little while, Jerry and his wife had been working really hard on their marriage, but it sadly wasn’t going too well. Once their community found out that he is an atheist, his wife left, due to the added pressure brought on by their community. Eventually, she came back and the family moved to Pensacola, FL, but they ultimately decided to amicably split. Don’t worry though. Jerry and his son are now living together as roommates, and Jerry is happily dating again. (Jerry admitted how hard it is to meet an atheist around the 38-50 age bracket where he lives). Money is getting better, Jerry is now attending/speaking at more atheist conventions and is a certified coach. He also co-hosts a podcast with another southern atheist in which they try to bring people together.

Pretty soon, Jerry will be releasing a digital copy that will be an admin to his preexisting digital memoir Once it comes out, I will make sure to it along with his memoir, review them, and let you all know where you can purchase them yourself.

You can go ahead and buy his memoir, “Hope After Faith” here. (I’ll be buying my copy soon!) You can also find his Hope After Faith website here, which includes his podcast.

Jerry, thank you so much for agreeing to do this interview. It was such a delight talking to you and I think your podcast is great. Please keep up what you’re doing because you are helping others when they feel like they’ve lost hope. (Hence the title, “Hope After Faith.”) That’s very important and I encourage you to keep doing that because you are a very kind person and just the type of voice a person needs when they feel lost.

I look forward to not only keeping the converstation going with Jerry (as well as others) in the future, but also reading his book!

Interview, YouTube, Christian, Film Critic, Say Goodnight Kevin

My Interview with YouTuber Say Goodnight Kevin

(originally published on January 22, 2018)

Not too long ago, I was watching Bobby Burns’s channel and I saw him collab with a very charismatic man named Kevin McCreary; subsequently, I was introduced to his YouTube Channel, Say Goodnight Kevin. (Formally known as Nostalgia Christian.) As a Christian myself, I was very impressed that Kevin’s channel is all about reviewing Christian films (as a Christian himself), and critiquing them from a fair standpoint.

I respect this very much. Although I am very devout in my faith, I love the fact that Kevin has been treating Christian films fairly and not giving them a round of applause just because he’s “supposed” to, being a Christian. That shows integrity. (Years ago my husband and I wrote freelance reviews for a Christian entertainment site. Although we have nothing but good memories during our time with them, I’ll admit that we had to give Christian films more credit than we would have liked. But I believe that we handled it the best we were able to.)

One of the things that made me admire for both his channel and him as a person was his review of the film I’m Not Ashamed, which was based on the real life Columbine victim Rachel Joy Scott. I gave Kevin my two cents and shared with him certain things I disagreed with, having read Rachel’s Tears back when it was very released. I also made it clear that I wasn’t trying to be critical of him, but just wanted to give my thoughts. Kevin couldn’t have been nicer! I was very moved as to how classy he responded and the experience encouraged me to keep commenting on his videos. That says a lot about Kevin and what a good person he is.

So, without further delay, here is my interview with Kevin McCreary: 

1. As a Christian myself, I adore what you’re doing with your Channel! What made you decide to start? Was there a particular Christian film that gave you this idea?

 

I actually started my channel about a year before I even did a movie review. At that time I guess you would call them Vlog videos. I would stand in front of a solid white backdrop and do some kind of dumb list, like “5 Reasons Dating Sites Don’t Work” or “5 Ways to Impress a Guy.” I first did a movie review as a joke. I had been watching a bunch of Nostalgia Critic and MST3K. Nostalgia Critic has a few other friends who copy him, “Rap Critic” and “Nostalgia Chick” and thought of the idea of a Christian parody called “Nostalgia Christian” and the tagline could be “Jesus Died so you don’t have to.” I made the joke to a few friends, not entirely as an idea, but more as an irreverent joke. But my friend Bobby Burns told me I should actually make the video. So I went for it, and reviewed the original Left Behind. I was expecting a lot of my viewers to not like it, because it was pretty different from what I had made before, but everyone kept asking when the next one was. After about 3, I realized I really enjoyed making them. That’s when I decided to change the name and some of the formate and stuff. I didn’t want to be a complete rip off of another channel. I think I’ve made the channel my own since then.

2. You’re friends with Bobby Burns, which is how I found you. Are there any other YouTubers you would like to collab with?

Well, collabs are always a think I feel like I SHOULD be doing, and don’t do enough. I would love to work with Nostalgia Critic one day, since he was such a big inspiration for me. Obviously, I’d probably work with any bigger channel that asked, for selfish reasons. There are a few channels that are smaller that I’d love to work with too. One guy I really like is called houstonproductions1. I’ve worked a little bit with him, but I’d like to do a more prominent crossover. There are a bunch of people I watch, like movie channels like Mr. Sunday Movies, Jenny Nicholson, The ATZ show, JonTron, Game Theorist, How it Should Have Ended, Screen Junkies. It’s funny, because I don’t really watch a lot of people who have “Christian Audiences”. I watch some other more politic shows like Armored Skeptic, H3H3, Sargon of Akkad, Bearing, PewDiePie. I’d work with any of those people in a heartbeat. I think my channel is very similar to those channels, as we cover a lot of the same topics. But I sometimes wonder if my channel is too niche in the christian sphere to make a collab work. It would probably be a weird ask.

3. What are some things you think Christian films can do to be taken more seriously?

A big mistake people make about my channel is to think I’m attempting to change what directors do. I’m really not. My goal is to educate audiences and to encourage them to think deeper about the films they are watching. The only reason bad Christian movies keep getting made is because people keep buying tickets. Once audiences realize they don’t NEED to watch a movie just because it’s Christian and panders to them, the people making the movies will either change what they do, or be replaced with others. There are real christians in the movie industry making good films. Scott Derrickson and Glen Keane are two of my favorite examples. People who are so good at what they do, that they can talk very openly about their faith all they want, because at the end of the day, they get their job done better than anyone else. If you want to have better movies with better Christian messages in them, then make good movies.

So, how can they be taken seriously? In my opinion, I think they need to just stop being “Christian films”. Just make films. To me, “Christian film” is a marketing ploy, to lock in some ticket sales for a movie that would have otherwise never made it’s money back.

4. Since you critique Christian Films so well, are there any critics you respect?

Well, all the people I mentioned already. I’ve watched Jeremy Jahns for a very long time too. In terms of film analysis, The one I respect the most is probably Lessons from the Screenplay blows my mind every time I watch him. That guy makes me want to quit reviewing movies all together, because I feel like a hack. I’ve learned so much from him. Along with Wise Cracked and Frame by Frame.

One of the funniest people I’ve seen is a guy names Man-E Kerr. He should have more subscribers, because he makes me laugh every time!

5. I know you have a lot of fans (such as myself), but how has the response from the Christian community been overall?

I’ve been really blessed by a very nice audience. Most people who watch my videos on a regular bases are super nice. Part of that is because they know where I’m coming from. They’ve watched more than one of my videos and know I’m not out to destroy Christianity or anything. I think Christians who just stumble upon one of my videos are typically the meanest. You can look at the comments of my Let There Be Light trailer reaction to see how horrific Christian audiences can be.

That said, I’ve also gotten the chance to meet a lot of the people involved in the Christian movie industry thanks to this show and typically the reaction is always the same. “I’m so glad someone is out there saying this stuff.” I think a lot of these film makers WANT to make better movies, but they also want to feed their families. There is a “no man’s land” for Christian movies. Films like Thr3e, Blue Like Jazz, Believe Me, Greater, Woodlawn, they aren’t embraced as good movies, but they aren’t blatent enough to be embraced by Christians either. A great example is The Case for Christ verses God’s not Dead. I would argue that the former is by far an all around better movie. From acting, to story, production, everything is better. Yet, God’s not Dead made $64.7 million and The Case for Christ made $17.6 million. This is why GND gets 3 or more sequels, a spin off TV show, books, merch, ect. And Case for Christ ends up in the bargain bin and is considered a flop by its distributor.  

6. Are there any “So Bad They’re Good” Christian films that you would recommend for people to watch just for a good laugh?

I would say the movie David and Goliath, on netflix is pretty crazy, knowing that it had a reported budget of $50 million. That will really mess with your mind, trying to figure out where that money went. There is a movie on Youtube called Miracle Man that is pretty fun at parties. There are just so many. Pureflix.com has a bunch of really funny ones. I saw one the other day called Seeker & Fetch that had me laughing pretty good.

7. I think it’s wonderful you got to visit God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness. I listened to the podcast where you talked about your visit to the set. Are there any future plans to visit other Christian Film sets on behalf of Christian Cinema?

It’s been a lot of fun working with Christian Cinema. Mainly because I get to find out about all the latest news, which helps me keep ahead on videos. I’ve also found a ton of my Bargain Bin episodes lately off their website. The Christian movie industry is really funny. I don’t hate the people in it, and I am genuinely not trying to make fun of people. I think there is a LOT of room for the Christian movie industry to laugh at itself and lighten up a bit. Not that the people in the industry don’t laugh, but they are so used to polishing up so much for the camera. I think the audiences would like to see more tongue in cheek humor. And I think I might be the one who can do that!

So, to answer you questions, yes. The marketing teams for these movies often want press to come in and report about their movies. Christian Cinema seems to want to send me to these things, and I am more than happy to go. It’s fun, and I think people think it’s funny that I would want to go. As much as they will let me go, I’m going to go!



8. What plans do you have for your Channel in 2018? Do you have any other career plans you’d like to share?

2017 was a big year. I put a lot of focus on developing new formats that would allow me to review other content, without having to spend weeks on it. So I put together Bargain Bin with my friend Josh, in order to review lesser known movies and my reaction style videos, to review trailers, videos, mail, basically anything I want to say, off the cuff. I also put a much bigger focus on Patreon this past year, doing mail outs and T-shirts and live streams. And that’s working out well. I will continue with that. I probably want to do more collaborations and interviews.

I lost my job this past year, which has actually turned out pretty well. Thanks to Patreon and freelance gigs, including the work I do for Christian Cinema, I’ve been able to keep myself and my dog alive. I really like being able to focus so much on the channel, so as long as things keep going how their going, I’ll keep doing what I’m doing. I might go back to doing some of the list style videos too, that can go along with what I’m already making. It’ll be a big year!

Thank you very much, Kevin! I’m thrilled that you agreed to do this interview and am very grateful. I look forward to what 2018 has in store.

 If you want to contribute to Kevin’s Patreon, click here. You can also click here to buy Kevin’s merch. You can also connect with him on TwitterFacebook, and check out his website.

Even if you aren’t a Christian, I still honestly believe anyone can connect with his channel and the content he puts out. He isn’t trying to appeal to just one audience, but to everyone. That’s such an important thing to do not just as a Christian, but as a smart content creator. You can tell Kevin loves all his fans, and it’s beautiful the way he makes it so anyone of any belief can watch and feel like they’re not being attacked. Way to go, Kevin!

Conversion Therapy, Samuel Brinton, LQBTAIQ, Trevor Project

My Interview with Samuel Brinton

(originally published on January 15, 2018)

A little while back, I read a moving, yet heartbreaking article on the website Cracked called 5 Things I Learned at a ‘Pray The Gay Away’ Camp by Samuel Brinton. (They/them.) For many years I have read about “praying the gay away” as well as their ‘camps” and just how damaging they are, so I clicked on the article right away and started reading. As I read, I felt a few different things: 1. I was (and still am) ashamed that members of the Christian faith (that I am a part of) still believe in this myth. 2. Why is being gay still considered to be such an “evil” thing in society? If you’re going by the Bible, then you better stop lyingadulterylusting, etc. 3. I was very moved that Samuel not only was able to rise above it, but has still kept their faith and has used their traumatic experience in order to help others.

    I recently had the pleasure of talking Samuel. We had a few missed opportunities but we were finally able to work it out! Trust me, it was worth the wait! I got to know a very sweet, funny, strong, and caring person. Although we didn’t have a lot of time to talk because they are very busy, but the time we did talk was very meaningful and I know good things will happen because of this!

    Let’s start from the beginning. Samuel grew up with missionaries as parents. They all lived in a commune with other missionaries. Everything they had was donated to them, including food, clothing, toys, etc. There were many times people in his commune would dig through the trash in order to find things they could fix up in order to keep. One day Samuel and his friends came across a Playboy and their friends got excited by the woman that they saw. Samuel admitted that they felt self-righteous by “telling” on their friends to their parents. But in the process, they mentioned that they felt nothing about the woman in Playboy since he only felt something for a male friend of theirs. Samuel thought it wasn’t a big deal, but it was in fact a very big issue with their parents.

    Just to be clear, Samuel’s parents never had the “sex talk”. Although they admit that religion did play a part in that, they also said that’s been part of our culture for so long for parents to not have “the talk.” They added that their grandparents never gave Samuel’s parents the sex talk as well. Samuel’s parents were always very supportive of them learning. In fact, every month Samuel would check out a book from the library and write a report on it. So, to be fair, even though their parents clearly made mistakes, we can agree that their support of Samuel’s reading and writing was positive.

    Going back to Samuel telling their parents about their feelings for their male friend. Sadly, they didn’t take the news well at all. While Samuel didn’t see it as a big deal and didn’t even fully realize what they were doing was “confessing” to, their parents immediately started reacting to what they said in a negative way. Samuel’s father became physically abusive to them. There were times Samuel’s Dad would punch them so hard they would black out. One of the many heartbreaking details about this period of their life is that there weren’t any members of the LGBTQ Community to tell them that there was nothing wrong with them.

     When their Mom started seeing that the abuse wasn’t working, she decided to hand Samuel over to conversion therapy. During our chat, Samuel gently asked me if it was alright if we didn’t go into detail about what they went through during their time in conversion therapy because then they would start to get emotional. I understood completely and was thankful for their honesty.

    Today, Samuel has been able to rise above the injustice and has used it in order to make a difference. Samuel is the head of Advocacy and Government Affairs for The Trevor Project. The wonderful thing is that they saw how active Samuel has been when it comes to banning conversion therapy and the links Samuel used (and is still using) concerning both conversion therapy and mental health. Both Samuel and The Trevor Project have joined forces to ban conversion therapy in all 50 states. (The name of this is 50 Bills 50 States. I encourage you all to click the link to find out how you all can get involved in your individual states and put an end to this abuse and blatant consumer fraud. I know I will be doing everything I can in my state of Alabama.).

    I wanted to get Samuel’s thoughts about Tom Ford being honored with the Hero Award from the Trevor Project and they couldn’t have been more supportive of their decision. (As well as Kristin Chenoweth!) Samuel talked about how important it is for a big fashion brand such as Tom Ford to do business with the LGBTQ Community, and then they will do business with them as well. I asked him what Samuel thought about Marc Jacobs. (My favorite designer, by the way!) and they said that they like the fact that Marc has donated to various LGBTQ organizations over the years. Adding how much they loves fashion and how important it is for designers to remain supportive of the LGBTQ community. (As a fellow lover of fashion, I agree with them!)

    You want to hear something really beautiful? In spite of all the trauma they went through, Samuel’s still a Christian. Samuel acknowledged that there have been people both in the Christian and LGBTQ communities who feel like you can’t be both. Samuel’s not here to push their faith on anyone, but is honest about it. In fact, Samuel seen one of my favorite documentaries, For the Bible Tells Me So. Bishop Gene Robinson (the first openly gay man to serve in the Episcopal Church and was also in the documentary) is a close friend and mentor to Samuel. How cool is that?!

    Some other very wonderful facts about Samuel before we wrap things up is that they are a graduate of MIT in nuclear physics and they is currently engaged to their love of their life. Congrats to the both of them!

    I plan to do my all to end conversion therapy in the state of Alabama (as I said earlier) and I encourage you all to do the same wherever you live. If you need further proof as to how horrible and inhumane it is, here are some links here here, and here. You can go to this section of The Trevor Project Website to find out how you can volunteer.

    Samuel, thank you for taking the time to talk to me. I’m with you ride or die and I’ll do all I can to end conversion therapy in the state of Alabama. I know I say this a lot, but you are an inspiration to us all. I do want to add that you’re more than that, you’re a true example that you can go through something truly traumatic and come out of it not only for the better, but uses their past as way to reach out and make positive changes. That’s a real hero right there.

    You can find Samuel’s website here and their Twitter here. Love ya, Samuel, and thanks again for the interview!