Growing up Southern Baptist in the American South of the 1960s, I learned early that a good Christian refrains from smoking, drinking alcohol, dancing and having sex before marriage. Decades later, I still don’t smoke.
As a boy I loved Bible stories and science fiction, hymns and show tunes. When I wasn’t at church, I painted pictures and watched black-and-white movies on TV that starred strong women. At university in the 70s, I participated in the theater department and the interdenominational Christian group on campus. Following graduation, fearful of the secular arts world, I joined the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an evangelical student movement that boasted affiliated chapters at over 500 colleges and universities across the U.S. For Full Story CLICK HERE
The photographs from my “Jesus days” are a testament to the time before I came out as a gay man. The images show the world as seen by a closeted young gay man. By showing these pictures today, I hope to give voice to a young man who once had no voice. Today, many gay and lesbian youth from religious backgrounds suffer the same struggles that I suffered some three decades ago. I hope that Jesus Days gives them hope and inspiration.