The Smith Family Chronicles: Jane Smith Comes Out To Her Evangelical Father (Episode 1)

I get a lot of letters from LGBT folk about their terribly difficult relationships with Christians in their families and lives. The last such letter (Help: I Want to Come Out to My Loving Evangelical Father) inspired me to create, via xtranormal.com, a weekly episodic series called The Smith Family Chronicles, debuting here. (I used xtranormal to create Christian vs. Non-Christian: Who Goes to Heaven?)

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About John Shore

John Shore (who, fwiw, is straight) is the author of UNFAIR: Christians and the LGBT Question, and three other great books. He is founder of Unfundamentalist Christians (on Facebook here), and executive editor of the Unfundamentalist Christians group blog.  (In total John's two blogs receive some 250,000 views per month.) John is also co-founder of The NALT Christians Project, which was written about by TIME,  The Washington Post, and others. His website is JohnShore.com. You're invited to like John's Facebook page. Don't forget to sign up for his mucho-awesome newsletter.

  • http://web.me.com/craigadams1/ Craig L. Adams

    Maybe it’s just a little quibbling point, John, but it seems strange to me that you have Mr. Smith say “I have always been a Christian.” Wouldn’t he more likely see his Christianity as a choice he has made, a faith and value system he has consciously embraced? And, because of this, wouldn’t it be likely that he would hear his daughter as saying that she had consciously chosen another (and antithetical) value system? White people don’t normally think of themselves as white people. Heterosexuals don’t normally think of themselves as heterosexuals. They are just “people.” People in minority groups are constantly aware of what it is about themselves that makes them different. Mr. Smith is not going to “get” this unless he’s had some prior reason to think about it. (And, then, in addition, he probably would not be looking forward to meeting Jane’s lesbian lover, either.)

    • http://allegro63.wordpress.com/ sdgalloway

      Actually, I have heard people say “I have always been a Christian” so that probably is pretty close to the mark, especially if they were converts at a fairly early age, say grade school.

      The video is satirical and yet tragic. I am looking forward to episode two.

  • Donald Rappe

    I can hardly wait for episode 2.

  • Matthew Tweedell

    It’s funny (not like “ha-ha” funny, but, you know…) how, just as one comes to grips with the reality of his/her own identity, he or she might trigger a crisis of identity in his/her parent(s)!


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