First of all, YOU!
(I know, I’m corny ;))
Since I started this blog, I’ve been getting messages from people from all different formerly religious backgrounds saying these words resonate. I’ve read stories and memoirs, met people online and in person, and what I’ve come to know well is that feeling in my heart of me too and holy shit you’re strong too.
You’re getting curious. You’re healing. You’re doing. The. WORK of challenging assumptions, opening up to different ways of seeing things, trying some new shit on for size. And that’s life changing.
Even if you’re stumbling around in the dark. Even if you feel alone.
When I came out and posted about it, an ex-Muslim girl my age who I’d been talking to messaged me to say, Welcome to the other side. So I say that to you too. ❤
Megan Phelps-Roper (story spotlight #1 on Far From Alone)
I heard of Megan when I was still closeted, and she’s been a shining light for me ever since. Megan was raised by her family in the Westboro Baptist Church, which is classified as a cult and a hate group in turns. She started picketing the funerals of soldiers, churches, temples, and more as a kid and believed with all her heart that WBC had The Truth. She started doubting her grandfather’s teachings as a young woman and ultimately left WBC with her sister Grace.
Today, she’s a massively compassionate and articulate advocate for doing good and bridging ideological divides… and married the guy who helped her start questioning on Twitter. Check out her TEDxTalk here.
Jeffrey Marsh’s videos are so calming and so beautiful. They’re a non-binary Vine star (RIP Vine), model, speaker, and advocate with so much light in their heart and such a strong voice for being authentically you.
The Green Lady
She’s the cutest little old lady I’ve ever seen and dresses and fills her life with green things purely because the color makes her happy. PLEASE WATCH THIS VIDEO!
I stumbled across Lilia’s TEDxTalk by chance in January 2018 and haven’t been the same since. Lilia was born and raised in Gloriavale, a Christian cult in New Zealand, and ultimately left with her entire family. Today, she speaks about self-love, confidence, and wellbeing.