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