“It is with this same spirit that I wish to share the news that I have recently acknowledged to myself and my family that I am gay, the decision to be honest and truthful about my orientation comes with its own set of challenges, but at the same time it is a huge relief.”
Ed on leaving his church:
“As an openly gay man, the Church is not a place where I find solace any longer.Living with the pain and guilt I have for so many years, not willing to accept the truth about my orientation has at times brought me to the point where I questioned whether life was still worth living, I can no longer live trying to appease someone else’s idea of who I should be, and have come to the conclusion that it was never my Savior’s intent to change me from the way I was born.”
A challenging moment for the Smart family, but better late than never! It seems as if Ed has been through it in the closet. Glad to hear he’s living for himself now.