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Saturday, October 12, 2019

9 YEARS LATER


Yesterday was National Coming Out Day, this weekend is Atlanta Pride (the above pic with the rainbow cake was taken last evening), and tomorrow is the 9th anniversary of my public coming out...the outpouring of beautiful messages that I've received today in response to the pics below, which I posted on Facebook and Instagram, has been literally overwhelming...too many to post here...several times today I've teared up at reading your beautiful, affirming words, and I am flooded with thoughts of gratitude this evening...

I'm especially grateful for where I am on my journey these 9 years later...Ken and I have been together 71/2 years now, and will celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary in December...we were together through the last 2 years at Church In The Now, the 5+ years of METRON, his father's illness and passing, the birth of his 2 granddaughters, the birth of my 3rd granddaughter, the care of my elderly parents, the passage of Marriage Equality, my 60th birthday, and countless happy days and joy-filled experiences...we see our six children regularly and are so proud of all of them, love the METRON COMMUNITY, enjoy living in the city, and daily live the life that we have imagined...

On this 9 anniversary of this important day, I want to express my profound gratitude to all of you who have supported me/us, and especially to those who have stayed with me as a part of my ministry...

I feel the love...

TOP LEFT: GOOD MORNING AMERICA; TOP CENTER: CNN; TOP RIGHT: CNN
CENTER LEFT: DON LEMON SHOW; CENTER: WSB-TV; CENTER RIGHT: JOY BEHAR SHOW
BOTTOM LEFT: PEOPLE MAGAZINE; BOTTOM CENTER: CREATIVE LOAFING; BOTTOM RIGHT: GA VOICE


14 comments:

  1. Sandy Limbough Dillard said...

    Jim, your story has touched many.. God had a plan for you and continues to work through you today! So thankful that my precious friend Ken found his happy place in life with you!! You two are simply magical together!!

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  2. Kathy McCrory Brock said...

    Its amazes me how God can use and has used you!!

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  3. Lisa Bandel said...

    Thank you for your bravery it’s inspiring to me and I’m sure to many others.

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  4. Kevin Broadhead said...

    Your courage doing what you did is still stunning! ✌️❤️

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  5. Susan Diane Anderson said...

    So glad you remained in ministry. I can't imagine missing all the messages you've shared and the best is yet to be! Thank you

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  6. Frederick C Hayes said...

    I admire your courage and the way you walk in your truth.

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  7. Kristie Hayes said...

    You are a blessing to so many. I found you after I heard about you coming out. I am sure the LGBTQ community is grateful for you, but so am I. Much love.

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