Sometimes writing our own story can seem impossible to articulate.

Don’t worry.

We have found that the most extraordinarily normal and remarkably average stories are our most popular, because they are easy to relate to.

Here are some tips to help you write your story:

When writing, consider ways to covey your story so that it impacts the hearts of those who read it. Use as much love as you can but also try and be brave enough to show that vulnerable side of yourself where you can expose some of the pain you have felt.  Your story doesn’t need to be a novel. An effective store is detailed enough to give people an idea of who you are and what you really need from others.

Ideas for LGBTQ submissions:

  • An introduction about who you are (name, interests, really just anything)
  • When you knew you were LGBTQ
  • The fears you had about coming out both in your family and the church
  • What you still love about the church you grew up in, current religious activity (whether you are currently attending or currently not attending anymore) and what you struggle with.
  • What people don’t understand about you that you would like to help them understand.
  • What you need from members of the church and your community.
  • Anything else you want to talk about.

Ideas for family, friends and allies of LGBTQ people:

  • Introduce who you are (name, interests, really just anything about your family)
  • When you found out your child/friend was LGBTQ, and how you reacted.
  • The fears and concerns you have about having an LGBTQ child.
  • What you still love about the church you grew up in, current religious activity, (whether you are currently attending or are currently not attending anymore), and what you struggle with.
  • What people don’t understand about you that you would like to help them understand.
  • What you need from members of the church and your community.
  • Anything else you want to talk about. 

Submit your written story here:

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