I knew I was gay at a very young age, but being from small town and having a super conservative family I knew there was no way I could tell anyone. I fought my sexuality for years and I even a one point said I would try to be straight to make everyone happy. I even went through a stretch of addiction. I never really committed to dating any dudes, but I did want to make my family happy. My family loved God and I know they honestly just wanted the best for me. I spent a lot of time wondering if God would still love me as a gay women, knowing that was who I was. In that time I was involved in ministry, so I tried to stay on the straight and narrow path. Lol.. After finally deciding I was going to be me, I felt like I was not looked at the same and people no longer thought I could be involved in ministry. I have spent a lot of time judging myself as well. It took me some time to believe God made me who I am and I can still do ministry as a gay women. It can still be a struggle at times, but one thing I know for sure is God loves me and has a plan for me. God is Love after all right?!

Thank you for allowing me to share my story. I have a lot more to share, this is the short version.

Story submitted by Ashley