Christian rock singer Trey Pearson has spoken out, describing his experiences growing up in a homophobic church less than a week after coming-out to fans.
Pearson who is the founding member of Everyday Sunday, a rock band from Columbus, Ohio, appeared on The View opened up about his sexuality, explaining how attempted to be straight for years, and how difficult is was to grow up gay in a Christian home.
“I grew up in a Christian home and church where I was taught that God hated homosexuality and I could choose to be straight.”
“I tried for a really long time. And I don’t think I was ever trying to lie to anyone. I was trying to convince myself that I could be something I wasn’t.”
Pearson who says that many churches continue to teach “that this is a choice” and those churches “don’t realise how damaging it can be”
“There’s still people that are teaching these hurtful things.”
Pearson who still considers himself a Christian hopes the church will change and says he’s “more in love with Jesus then ever.”
“I want to see our church change. I want to see my denomination change and I want people to see people be willing to have the conversation in an open way where they’re willing to listen to people’s stories. That’s why I think it’s so important to tell.
“It’s not just me. There are millions of people going through what I’m going through right now.”
Prior to coming out, Pearson had been married to a woman who he has two children with for approximately 7 years. When seeking about his past relationship Pearson says that he entered the marriage because he believed that’s how it “was supposed to be.”
Pearson adds that his now ex-wife and two children have “been unbelievably loving and supporting.”
“By the time I was able to tell myself and tell her, she just hugged me and cried and told me how proud of me she was for being able to be honest with myself. She’s been my biggest supporter, my biggest advocate.”
Pearson says that He is currently single however says he’s not dating anybody just yet.
“I decided to take at least a year to get to know myself as a gay person before starting to get to know who somebody else is in that sort of way.”
Watch the full interview below:
Last Updated on Jun 7, 2016