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Author. Speaker. Community Creator.

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A storyteller and community healer at heart, I love to gather the spiritual nomads, the wanderers, the doubters, the seekers, and especially those who have been pushed to the margins of society and/or faith and bring them into a place that feels like home.  I’m a national speaker, coach, and educator supporting LGBTQ+ people as they navigate their coming out process, and educating others on the importance of full inclusion.


I’m the author of three books including Unashamed  (the first coming-out guide for LGBTQ people of faith). My newest book Out of Focus: My Story of Sexuality, Shame, and Toxic Evangelicalism  releases October 2023. I'm the creator and host of the Unashamed Love Collective ~ a beautifully diverse and inclusive online community for LGBTQ+ people and allies. I also curate and lead Cultivating Community retreats, gathering small groups of people in safe spaces of belonging and empowering them to love who they are and create lasting relationships with one another.

As the gay daughter of a 35-year executive at Focus on the Family, one defining moment of authenticity cost me everything. My experience propelled me into a world of advocating for social justice and has made me passionate about dissolving shame, fostering self-acceptance, and generating messages of hope, love, and inclusion so that everyone can live and thrive in the world without shame. 

I believe stories are important and that they have the power to change both hearts and lives. At their core, I want people to love who they are. I also want them to know that they don’t have to change anything about their sexual orientation or gender identity in order to be fully loved and embraced by God.  Harmful theology is physically and spiritually killing LGBTQ+ people. That fact, coupled with my own personal experience with loss, makes me passionate about the work that I do.  Prior to my advocacy work, I spent fifteen years in the field as a nationally certified Sign Language Interpreter. I also live with late-stage Lyme disease and rheumatoid arthritis. The intersectional identities of being a gay female with an invisible disability inspire me to actively fight for the equality, equity, and dignity of all people.

My Story

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