Thursday, October 8

Black Pastor Reverend Derek Anthony Comes Out as Gay

“I stand here, I am Reverend—ordained, yes Lord—Reverend Derek Anthony Terry, and I am a black gay man who ministers,” is how Rev. Derek Terry came out to many of his relatives, friends, and members of his congregation earlier this year. It’s also how he told the world when his coming-out sermon aired last weekend on OWN’s self-help series Iyanla Fix My Life, as the climax of Rev. Terry’s three-episode arc.
The full scene of Rev. Terry’s sermon is above. I was so moved by Rev. Terry’s eloquence and bravery (particularly in discussing surviving sexual assault as a child) when I watched the show this weekend that I reached out to him to discuss coming out and its aftermath. That Rev. Terry came out at the Douglass Boulevard. Christian Church, which is listed on its site as “open and affirming” (i.e. gay-friendly), was of particular interest to me, as were issues of intersectionality, the supposed contradiction of being a gay practicing Christian, and the oft-repeated belief that black people are more homophobic than whites (“Black culture is so homophobic,” said Kanye West, for example, in an interview that was released this week).

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