Furtrick, a transgender Christian who has performed at the Capitol Theatre in Washington, DC, and the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City, wrote that he was “an intimate relationship” with a woman who was not his biological father.
“The Bible tells us that God’s people have been in the world for hundreds of years, that they were in bondage, that he loved and adored them, and that they had been taken by the devil,” he wrote.
“I know the story of God’s love.
And the story that the Bible tells about what happened in the beginning is the same story that has happened since then.
That is the story we were told.
The story that our families have been told.”
“I was a boy and it was an intimate relationship,” he continued.
“As a boy, I felt a rush of power and joy.
I had an emotional rush.
My mind and body were open to me and to each other, and I was allowed to be myself.
And this was all for a purpose.”
“It was not until I grew older that I realized that my body had been violated.
I have a history of sexual abuse,” he concluded.
Furtricks is not the only transgender person to speak out against the church and other religious organizations.
In May, a pastor at a Baptist church in Alabama said that he would not be speaking at a Pride event because he was not allowed to use the restroom in a church.
The Alabama Baptist Convention said it had banned Furticks from speaking because he is not allowed in a restroom.
“If you were to use a restroom at a church that is not designated for the purpose of using the restroom for transgender individuals, you would be in violation of the First Amendment and the United States Constitution,” the group said in a statement.
“This would also violate our state constitution.”
In the past year, Furtills’ story has attracted national attention.
Earlier this month, he won the 2017 Transgender Talent of the Year award at the Miss USA pageant.
Furlong said that it was important to give Furtillts the platform to share his story.
“It’s important to acknowledge that there are trans people out there who have been through the same experience and they’re still coming out,” he said.
“There’s a reason why so many LGBT people feel like they’re not included in the conversation and there’s a real opportunity to address this.”
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