Former Members of the LGBTQ Community Share How God Changed Their Lives

A number of former homosexuals and transgendered people gathered recently outside the U.S. Congress to say sexual identity can be changed, and their changed lives are proof.

Here are excerpts from their remarkable testimonies of change.

APRIL LOCKHART FROM ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO:
“I am a former lesbian.  I’m very passionate about this topic because I really embraced that life.  I won’t talk about how or why I went into that lifestyle.  But I fully embraced it, and I was confident in who I was and I sought it out.  I was a champion for the LGBT and I really even liked to just be out there and promote it.”

“I had fully believed in this lie that gets perpetuated that people don’t change, they can’t change, and if you try to change them, it’s detrimental to their health.  And I just want to say that’s a lie.”

“I almost missed out on some of the best and most precious moments of my life. I wasn’t going to get married. I wasn’t going to meet my husband. I wasn’t going to get to have my own children.  This is not something that my mind was even open to. I didn’t know that it was a possibility for me. And I stand before you now a changed woman. I don’t struggle with same-sex attraction. It’s almost like it never was for me.  And so I would like for that lie to stop being perpetuated.  It’s just simply not true.  People can and do change if they want.  And we need to be allowed as free Americans to seek that out.  Nobody has the right to tell you you can’t be what you want to be. And I did want change.  And through the power of God, the Creator of heaven and earth, this was able to happen. These days we’re able to happen. These moments. And I’m a happy woman. I don’t suffer depression. I don’t suffer with anxiety. I don’t drink myself into stupors like I used to have to.”

LUIS RUIZ FROM ORLANDO, FLORIDA:
“For a long time, I was very broken and hurt.  I found out that I was HIV positive because I was promiscuous. My generation would say a ‘ho.’ While I was searching for men, sleeping around a lot, I didn’t realize that there was a man looking for me.”

“And His name is Jesus. I was able to find a church where they loved me.   And they taught me that my identity is not my behavior.  My identity was not who I thought it was.  But it was a child of God.   So I stand here to say that I was a homosexual, a former ‘ho.’  And now I am a child of God.”

KEVIN WHITT OF DALLAS, TEXAS:
“I’m a former transsexual, drag queen, and prostitute.  I lived a life of much gender confusion, much abuse — verbally, physically, sexually — by my father.”

“Over the years I had had probably 5,000 sexual partners because I was a sex worker. I hated myself. I hated the fact that I was a man.  I never knew how to accept myself or truly love myself.  And then about six years ago, someone invited me to church.”

“And God began to change my life.  Began to change my heart.  And began to change my sexual identity, my gender confusion. And I began to heal from all those things.”

“Change is possible. Because if God can change me, He can change anybody.”

ANGEL COLON, A MASS SHOOTING SURVIVOR:
“My name is Angel Colon. I am a former homosexual. I am a survivor of the Pulse Nightclub shooting on June 12, 2016. I was shot six times, sustained a shattered femur and suffered nerve damage.  A day I will never forget — a big turning point in my life.  Even in the midst of chaos, I prayed and prophesied over my life that I would survive and live free.  And here I am today, standing here with no pain, here in the Capitol with my Changed family. Many think I’ve made my decision to leave the LGBT community lifestyle because of the shooting.  But I was desiring change way before June 12, 2016.  Going through this horrible tragedy made me make the biggest decision in my life, which I’m very happy with.  I made this decision a year after the Pulse nightclub shooting — finding what was the most important thing in my life, which was finding my true identity. Which was in Christ. And today I stand here in the Capitol, sharing to the world that change is possible. Yes, I am known as a Pulse survivor, but I really want to be known as living proof that God does transform lives.”

KATHYGRACE DUNCAN OF PORTLAND, OREGON:
“My name is KathyGrace Duncan, I’m from Portland Oregon and I’m a former trans-man, former transgender.     Before I went to kindergarten, at a very early age like three or four, I believed that I should have been a man. I felt that I should have been a man.    Dysfunctional family situations: my dad was  very emotionally and verbally abusive to my mom, which told me that women were hated, women were weak and they were vulnerable.”

“I was then molested by a family member which went on for two years, also confirming that women were weak, vulnerable and hated.  At age 18, I finally surrendered and went into the lifestyle, took hormones and changed my name. From there, I began to live as a man. Two weeks later, I got saved.   However, because I didn’t hear from the Lord, I thought He was okay with my lifestyle.”

“Four years later I was confronted by the church, and they asked me ‘Who are you?  Who are you really?’  And at that point, I told the truth and said ‘I’m a woman living as a man.’ And the Holy Spirit blew into me.  And I realized at that point I needed to go back to being the woman that He created me to be.    The next day I started that journey out.  Five years later — it took five years for the hormone effects to really wear off — and at that point, I crossed over and began to live fully as a woman. That was 26 years ago. And I have to say, I’m changed I’m free. I no longer struggle with the attraction to women.”

ELIZABETH WONING, CHANGED MOVEMENT CO-FOUNDER:
“I was often suicidal or out of control.  I came out during my early 20s and found solace and comfort in the LGBTQ community.  They were my family.  I was pursuing the path of an ordained pastor in the LGBT-affirming church movement when I began questioning my faith.  That long journey led me ultimately to question my sexuality as a lesbian.  Over time as my faith brought deeper emotional health, I also experienced an unexpected change in my sexual desires.  Today I’ve been married to my husband for 14 years.  I no longer experience same-sex desires and I no longer have symptoms of bipolar disorder.   I’ve seen the restoration I have in countless lives of other Christians.  Our faith compels us to share what we have received.  We simply want to offer a vision to those who feel conflict in their sexual orientation.  But also to ask that America recognize there are multiple options for people who experience LGBTQ.  People deserve the right to choose their own path and follow their religious convictions, especially in matters of their sexuality.”

EDWARD BYRD OF WASHINGTON, DC:
“I was born to a mother who had me at 15 years old. My home was very dysfunctional. It was abusive. I actually have seen my father put his hands on my mom. It left mental scars and emotional scars in me. It got to the point where my dad ended up abandoning us, and that left me really, really sad. As a young child, I can only remember wanting to have a relationship with my father.  And him continually not showing up and being there.  It was very tragic to me.  So I grew up with a single mom.  She was one of my only influences.  And I was the guy who was not into sports.  I was not going to get dirty, I was like ‘that’s not for me.’  I want to dance and I want to sing and I want to be an actor.”

“I never had the desire to be a homosexual.  But it wasn’t until people began calling me homosexual, it wasn’t until they began planting these seeds and saying, ‘Hey, you like hair, you like to dance, you over there with the cheerleaders instead of the football players. You’re a homosexual.’ And so that began to create curiosity. I already suffered emotional wounds from my dad not being there, that abandonment, and I was looking for male affirmation.”

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