The Advocate
January 23, 2013
[My mother] took me to meet with a Christian minister who told me that God loves all people, queer and straight, and that I didn’t need to change. This moment changed my life forever, and set me on the course toward the work that I do now as an atheist-interfaith activist. My experiences of feeling isolated and misunderstood inform my conviction that it is imperative to work for a world where people of all sexual orientations, and all different faiths and beliefs, understand one another better—a society where all people can live openly and be who they are without fear.
Chris Stedman is a gay, atheist, interfaith advocate who writes about his relationship with religion.