Why I’ll soon be drunk in New York

Yesterday I got in this awesome bit o’ encouragement that I thought I’d share it with you (with the writer’s permission, of course: she’s the mega-cutey on the right above).

Things, friends, really do get better.

Hello there, Mr. John Shore. It’s been quite a while since I emailed you, although I read your posts regularly. I was recently telling someone about your blog, and the fact that you had posted my “coming out letter to my parents” a couple of years ago [see A Coming Out Letter to Her Family], and it dawned on me that an update might be in order.

I doubt you remember, but I was in Kentucky, as was my family, finishing my degree. Degree is finally accomplished (yay!) and I have just moved to NYC, where I will wed the wife of my dreams next week. (eternal yay!) Although the majority of my family continues to be beautifully accepting [ :-) ], interestingly, part of my conservative family decided that they shouldn’t be as accepting of me: they reconsidered my “lifestyle” choices, and recanted their support after two years. [ :-( ] Odd right? This has been a bit disheartening, but the peace and joy I now share with my soon-to-be-wife, and the overwhelming support of most of my family, has been wonderful.

Anyway, I write to say thank you and peace to you in this new year. The few times we spoke via email was a true source of encouragement to me and I continue to appreciate and respect your voice and representation of your faith and love for God. Keep it up! I’m always pointing people of faith in your direction.

If you are ever in NY, I’d be honored to buy you a drink!

Day before yesterday a friend of mine did the soft opening of a bar she and her husband have opened in Hell’s Kitchen.

So that’s two reasons God is clearly calling me to New York for cocktails.

And ignoring God is wrong.

New York, here I come!

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. If you shop at Amazon, help support John by entering the site through this link right here--Amazon will then send John 3-4% of the cost of anything you buy before exiting the site again.

 

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

    Enjoy your trip. And congrats to happy couple on their upcoming nuptials.

  • Jennifer Sandberg

    Yes, clearly God is calling you to get drunk!!!!!

  • http://www.fordswords.net/ Ford1968

    Hey. What’s the name of your friend’s bar? Please tell me it’s bacon bar. Because I love bacon. And bars.

  • https://elizabeth-fullerton.squarespace.com/resume Elizabeth

    I love follow-up stories.

  • Matt

    Yay, more weddings! Many healthy, happy years to the lovely couple!

  • maryterry

    Go to New York & have one for me!

  • Guest

    Okey dokey John. You’ll be in my neck of the woods. If you don’t mind staying in the suburbs overnight, I have plenty of room for you and Cat to stay here. You are welcome any time.

  • Susan in NY

    That last message was from me – Susan in NY


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