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. Rather than forcing him to turn away from God, he says it brought them closer together.
Last month’s Facebook post became a lightning rod for discussion among Allen’s melange of Christian, conservative and gay friends, populations that complement each other as often as they clash.
Allen was unapologetic about his decision to remain a follower of Christ’s teachings, seeking to be “the best gay Christian [he] could be.”
WBEZ's Nico Lang talks with Christian pastor Brad Allen About coming out as a gay man.