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The Aftermath of Coming Out

A blonde child in a LGBTQIA-affirming t-shirt at a Pride parade.

Posted on June 25, 2024 by Jenn Zatopek

Last year I penned my first essay about the wonders of queer joy, coming out publicly as a bisexual woman living in Texas. The essay was well received, first by my Pastor Katie Hays at Galileo Church and then church friends and the readers of this honorable magazine. As the essay made the rounds among the wider online community of queer friends and allies, I couldn’t believe my good fortune, my blessing. Here I was, a now openly bisexual woman who had taken a conscious and intentional risk to share one of the most personal things about myself. My hopes in sharing the essay were twofold: that it would be a reclaiming of my own sacred voice and that other queerly beloveds would feel encouraged to risk sharing their most authentic selves with themselves and the world too. Because that truth is still true today, even a year later: God celebrates our queer sexuality as something that is good, true, and beautiful. . .

I’d love it if you clicked here and read the rest over at Red Letter Christians.

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2 Comments

  • Reply Karen :)

    Oh Jenn, I am sad for your initial and deep heartache, but your story and your soul are so beautiful. I admire your courage, and I am touched by the way you were able to gradually rise again and find new life. You have such gifts of encouragement and vulnerability that bless us all. Thank you.

    June 26, 2024 at 7:06 pm
    • Reply Jenn Zatopek

      Thank you so much for reading the essay and for your kind words, Karen! Glad to hear it resonated with you!

      June 27, 2024 at 2:02 pm

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