Gay Christian Bradley Birkholz: ‘I tried to pray the gay away’

Gay Christian YouTuber Bradley Birkholz (PinkNews)

Gay Christian YouTuber Bradley Birkholz grew up being told “demonic forces” were possessing him.

Raised in an “Evangelical, conservative, Republican household” in rural California, coming out as gay was “very anxiety-inducing” for Birkholz.

He told PinkNews what it was like growing up believing he was having “temptations from the devil.”

Watch Bradley Birkholz’s coming out story below:

Coming out as gay and Christian

“A lot of people these days think coming out is a pretty easy process and not really that much of a big deal anymore,” Birkholz, 22, told PinkNews.

“But for me, somebody who grew up in an Evangelical, conservative, Republican household in America, it was not very easy at all.

“When you grow up in the church, especially a very kind of spiritual and mystic church like the one I grew up in, you’re taught that homosexual feelings are actually temptations from the devil.

“I prayed so hard to try and pray the gay away.

“Not matter how much I prayed, not matter how much I went to church, no matter how much I tried to find myself attracted to women, it didn’t work.”

After a painful period of coming out, Birkholz then decided to move from rural California to the UK at age 17 where he found a welcoming LGBT group of friends in Cardiff, Wales.

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