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My Little Sister Came out to Me... By Irie Love from Oahu

My Little Sister Came out to Me... By Irie Love from Oahu

My name is Irie Love. I was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu in the small town of Kailua. I grew up with young Christian parents that made us go to church every Sunday and read the bible. There was never a discussion about sexual orientation in my household. Traditionally, in Hawaiian culture, being homosexual or transgender is completely excepted as a regular part of society. Almost everyone had a 'Mahu' family member meaning third-gender, not identifying as male or female. So there was much less of a stigma on sexual orientation...


Working to Freedom from Schizophrenia by Yuki in Tokyo

Working to Freedom from Schizophrenia by Yuki in Tokyo

My name is Yuki Yoshida, I'm from Tokyo, Japan and this is my Be Free story:

I had vague beliefs about mental illnesses even after I got sick myself. Like it's kind of scary, or somehow "bad" that needs fixing and better to hide in public so you won't break the "harmony" in the community. And towards myself, I thought I became too heavy of a burden to people around me, and was ashamed of what I had and how I acted. I didn't know how to make it stop, just like people around me didn't know how to...


"How I 'became black' at age 19" - Ariana Wagoner, a Be Free Story

"How I 'became black' at age 19" - Ariana Wagoner, a Be Free Story

What negative messages are being communicated and taught to people of color? Women? Women of color? The LGBTQIA+? How can we embrace greater freedom?

Liam Dee- A Be Free Story

Liam Dee- A Be Free Story

My Name is Liam Dee, I am a gay, Baptist Christian living in rural Nova Scotia in Canada. Growing up my Family was very involved in the small rural church we attend. My Father is a part of the group that handles the churches finances and my Mother has always been working in different capacities within the church...

Andrew Kepper - A Be Free Story

Andrew Kepper - A Be Free Story

My name is Matt Truett. I’m from Louisville, KY and this is my Be Free story.

I have been in church since I was 3 weeks old. I was raised in a charismatic tradition which shaped my views of Christ, non-Christians, and myself. From the pulpit I often heard how others were so depraved and undeserving of human respect, but most especially I felt that Enemy Number 1 was the Queer Community, specifically gay men. This began a general sentiment that still permeates my thoughts of the future which was, “How can a perfect God love me as a gay boy/man if Christians can’t even...