Gay Christian battles tensions in faith community

April 18, 2013

When most people come out, they roll out their big news slowly. First you tell a few people, dip your toes into the water of public opinion and use loved ones as an emotional litmus test.

But when Brad Allen came out, he went big. He was already out to those who knew him well, but after making the decision to start dating last September, Allen came out on Facebook.

“I’ve never been one to do anything half-assed, ” Allen shrugged over a cup of coffee.

Devoutly religious, Allen shared his coming out story with Facebook friends through an essay on Pastor in Process, a Tumblr about his personal religious journey. Allen's sexuality was a huge component in his understanding of God.