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What Presenting as Gay Taught a Straight Man
What Presenting as Gay Taught a Straight Man

Self-admittedly Bigoted Man Presents as Gay, Learns Empathy

After experiencing the pain of a friend's coming out as a lesbian, Timothy Kurek decided to find out for himself what it is like  when a person affirms a sexual or gender identity that is considered different from the norm. As a social experiment, Kurek – a straight christian man – came out as gay one year ago. He chronicled his experience in "The Cross in the Closet." Learn more about Timothy's experience: In the Guardian UK("Why a Bible belt conservative spent a year pretending to be gay. Timothy Kurek, a graduate of the evangelical Liberty University, decided to 'walk in the shoes' of a gay man and emerged with his faith strengthened"), in the Huffington Post ("Timothy Kurek, Straight Christian Man, 'Comes Out' And Pretends To Be Gay For A Year"), and watch his story here (ABC News).            

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  • Ted joined the staff of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries in February 2010. He brings more than twenty years' experience using media to create social change by creating communications strategies and content for progressive non-profits, political campaigns, and cause...

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