Timothy Kurek, the Liberty college graduate from Tennessee, made an interesting and noteworthy social experiment. He "came out" to his family and friends and lived as a gay man for a year in order to experience what life is like as an LGB person. Timothy told ABC News that he got inspired to go „under cover“ when a lesbian acquaintance of his told him the story of how her family rejected her when she came out to them. The story challenged his conservative religious belief according to which gays are an abomination and that they need to repent to go to heaven.
"I feel God really kicked me in the gut. She was crying in my arms and instead of being there for her, I was thinking about all the arguments to convert her. I just knew that I needed to understand, as realistically as possible, how the label of gay might change my life,“ Kurek told to HuffPost Magazine.
Because the social experiment itself demanded all or nothing, he came out to all of his friends and family, took a job in a gay cafe, hung out in a gay bar and joined a gay softball league, all the while maintaining his inner identity as a straight Christian. The only people that knew the truth about what Kurek was doing were his aunt, another close friend and a gay friend who played his boyfriend. "I needed protection to keep me balanced, someone to teach me about gay culture and to give me an excuse when guys hit on me," he said. While Kurek claims that after he "came out" nearly 95 percent of his friends stopped talking to him, it was his mom who initially took the experiment the hardest. But that was just in the beginning, because eventually she came to terms with his "sexuality" and "went from being a very conservative Christian to being an ally to the gay community“.
Timothy Kurek used his experience to write a book, „The Cross In The Closet“, and some of the proceeds will be donated to LGBT homeless youth centers.
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