"Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."
—1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (ESV)
Here are stories of men and women who identified as gay or struggled with homosexuality but who believed, or came to believe, that homosexuality was not part of God's design for human sexuality and relationships. So they began to move away from homosexuality and to steward their relationships and sexuality in a biblical manner.
Please note: Inclusion in this list does not imply endorsement or recommendation by Focus on the Family of an individual, a ministry or resources. This list is for informational purposes only. Many of these links deal with difficult and mature sexual and relational subjects and may not be appropriate for children. Parental discretion is advised. Not all those in this list are Christian ministries or individuals.
- Jeanette Howard is the author of Out of Egypt and Into The Promised Land: Beyond The Lesbian Struggle. She lives in England, where she counsels and teaches those seeking to leave homosexuality behind.
- Michael Glatze was a homosexual-identified activist and the co-founder of a magazine for gay-identified youth. Michael left homosexuality, eventually marrying and becoming a pastor. The film I Am Michael is a dramatized version of his life.
- Brenna Kate Simonds wrote for Focus on the Family's Boundless, a ministry to young adults, where she told her story "Out of Lesbianism." She tells more in her book, Learning to Walk in Freedom: A Journey in Five Steps and at her blog, Living Unveiled.
- Christopher Yuan was serving time in prison for dealing drugs and found out he was HIV positive. His praying mother never gave up, and Christopher began following Christ.
- Hear Me is a short documentary, including some "spoken word poetry," of a young same-sex attracted college student who is learning about God's grace for him.
- Michael Newman began his journey away from homosexuality and toward wholeness in the 1980s. He heads up Christian Coalition for Reconciliation and continues to tell his story around the world.
- PFOX – Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays - has short videos of men and women who came out of homosexuality.
- Since 1980, Portland Fellowship had been proclaiming freedom for those in captivity to sexual sin. The director, Jason Thompson has developed several programs for youth and adults with unwanted same-sex attractions, and for their families and friends. Their website features a number of redemptive stories.
- The website Voices of Change is a secular site listing over 100 written, audio and video testimonies of those who've left or are in the process of leaving homosexuality.
- Dr. Oz ran an episode of his television program where he interviewed Rich Wyler about coming out of homosexuality. Wyler has gone on to help others with unwanted same-sex attractions through People Can Change, a secular organization.
- The Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) website Voices of Hope has more than 70 videos and essays from women and men who are walking away from homosexuality.
- In her book Prodigal Daughter: Returning Home to the Father's Embrace, Amy Lee Kemp shares her story of overcoming drug and alcohol abuse, depression, anger, homelessness – and homosexuality. She works with the ministry Recipients of Grace.
- NARTH Institute is a group of mental health professionals which functions as the Clinical and Research Division of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity – lists other personal stories of growth.
- Homosexuals Anonymous is an international organization dedicated to serving the recovery of men and women with unwanted same-sex attractions. They have testimonies of change from homosexuality from around the world.
- New Hearts Outreach, in Tampa Bay, Florida, has video testimonies at their web site; in addition, their staff testifies to lives changed by Christ.
- For as long as she could remember, Patti Height was attracted to other women. She found healing and freedom and helps others through her ministry, Out of Egypt Ministries.
- Ministering to men and women with unwanted homosexuality, Carolina New Song Ministries offers the stories of Will, Cathy and Thomas, who left homosexuality to follow Jesus Christ.
- Desire of the Everlasting Hills is a video that shows the stories of Rilene, Dan and Paul as they journey out of homosexuality and return to their Roman Catholic faith. Dan has written a book about his life, with helps for those pursuing chastity, Why I Don’t Call Myself Gay.
- Living Stones, a ministry for friends and family members of homosexual-identified men and women, features testimonies on its website.
- God led Dean Bailey on a journey of trust to Jesus – and away from the "sexual confusion of homosexual behaviors." You can read more at his website and in his book, Beyond the Shades of Gray.
As an added bonus, here are some stories of people who struggled with transgenderism – and were able to find healing and wholeness. Be encouraged that those with gender confusion can be changed. It's not an easy road, but some find their way out, through God's grace, truth and kindness.
- Help 4 Families is ministry for men and women experiencing gender confusion – and a support for their loved ones. The website has personal stories of those who have left transgenderism and those who were affected by this issue.
- More than 20 years ago, Walt Heyer underwent "sexual reassignment surgery." In his own words, "Years of looking like and living as a woman did not bring the promised treatment or relief." He describes the journey back to manhood at his website and in his book, A Transgender's Faith. Paper Genders tells about the false promise of such surgeries.
- The most important thing in Sy Rogers' life has been his "ongoing submission to God made possible because of Jesus Christ," this despite struggling with transgenderism and homosexuality.
Please check back with us, as we'll be adding to this list. And do you have a story about leaving homosexuality or transgenderism to follow God's design for relationships, sexuality and marriage? Tell us about it ― or send us a link — at firstname.lastname@example.org.