After Exhausting All Other Options, Leading Evangelical Leader Comes Out As Gay

A Church“Basically what happened was I fell in love,” begins leading British evangelical leader Jayne Ozanne, 46, as she publicly tells her story of coming out of the closet.

For the last decade, Jayne has risen up the ranks of the evangelical faction of the Church of England as a lay faith leader, choosing her place among ministries that actively suppress the idea of homosexuality.

But here’s the shocker! She struggled with aligning her own feelings with those of her holier-than-thou church. Must be the first time that’s ever happened.

She participated in various forms of “deliverance ministry” similar to the “ex-gay” movement in America, and wouldn’t you know it? That didn’t work either.

In fact, the attempt at “deliverance” was so harmful it led to a nervous breakdown. “[Deliverance Ministry was like] trying to cast out myself from myself,” Ozanne told Christian Today.

Her psychiatrist ended up giving her a piece of good advice that her church never would have even considered. She told her that maybe it’s time to switch religions.

Jayne left her church, and has now accepted a role as the leader of Accepting Evangelicals, which calls itself a “network of Evangelical Christians who believe the time has come to move towards the acceptance of faithful, loving same-sex partnerships at every level of church life, and the development of a positive Christian ethic for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.”

Which — OK, better than nothing we guess. But maybe, just maybe, if the evangelical church can be wrong about homosexuality, might it stand to reason that they could be wrong about other things? Just throwing that out there.

Here’s Jayne telling her story:

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via Think Progress