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Joel Speaks Out

Kansas City, MO
Joel@joelspeaksout.com

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Joel Barrett

 LGBTQ Writer
Professional Speaker
Gatherer

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ABOUT ME

I'm all about empowering people to fearlessly be their most authentic self!

I am a survivor of ex-gay therapy.  Some call it conversion therapy, repairative therapy or just plan counseling, but the goals are the same: To eliminate or reduce homosexual desires and actions.  Needless to say, it didn't work.  

I am a recovering fundamental Baptist.  If you don't know what a fundamental Baptist is, I can explain: We thought the Southern Baptists were liberal.

I was a Baptist pastor married to a woman living the midwest raising our three children.  Yes, I spent over 15 years in ministry before exiting that line of work to focus completely on becoming fixing myself so I could save my marriage and live as a straight man.

I always knew I was gay, but being gay wasn't an option in the world I lived in so I kept trying to make it go away through church, prayer, scripture, and the pursuit of godliness because everyone told me that being gay was a sin and probably just about the worst sin anyone could commit.  

Today I am happily married to my husband of over a decade.  I share my colorful story with audiences everywhere to encourage them to live each day as their authentic, powerful and beautiful self.  A life that isn't motivated by fear.  It is my goal to encourage people to LIVE.  I hope to build bridges of understanding between what may seem to be opposing communities such as the LGBTQ community and religion.

 

Hi, I'm Joel and I want you to LIVE!