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DREW AMSTUTZ

How to Survive Coming Out in the Church

When Drew Amstutz came out to his parents at the age of 15, they sent him to conversion therapy for a year. At the same time, his school administration met with him on a regular basis to discuss his 'gayness' and how it would affect what leadership positions he could have moving forward in his high school.

Often when you move through the pain of your core self being deeply challenged and discriminated against, the response is to lead. As a junior Drew joined his high school's group, Students for Social Change, then he and a friend took over leadership of it as seniors. The focus of this group was to educate students on current issues using unbiased facts so students could then go out and have informed, healthy conversations with family and friends.

Drew is a powerful communicator. He's hopeful that sharing his story of pain and healing will open hearts and minds. "Gay people are people too. They deserve equal rights and opportunities and offer a unique perspective on life. All we ask is that you take the time to get to know us!"

Update: Drew is now a student at George Washington University in Washington D.C.