Recently I connected with Terrie Johnson, an editor, author, speaker, blogger, mother, grandmother, daughter and much more. Here’s a bit about Terrie’s story. I wanted to share her words because she has a very important message.
“I was raised in a conservative church in the South, and I had spent a lifetime living in hiding and hating myself because of my sexual orientation. Last year, I was on the verge of committing suicide because I felt as though I could no longer live with the lie. Through a series of events… I eventually came out to a friend and then told my adult children and other family. I’ve lost many friends and a few family members since my admission, all of my speaking engagements in Christian venues booked through 2015 cancelled, and the church where I had been an actively involved member for over 20 years told me I was no longer welcome there. But for the first time in my life, I am being honest with God, with myself and with those who matter most to me.”
Earlier this year, Terrie teamed up with a young award-winning filmmaker to create a short 3-minute video “Ears Wide Open?” as a Public Service Announcement for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The exclusively nonprofit film, produced by Evincery Films, delivers a poignant message of love and acceptance.
I am a huge proponent of suicide prevention, as you know, as well as human rights and self acceptance, so I wanted to share the PSA video with you here. Please share with your friends. Its very important.
If you are currently struggling, please reach out 800-273-TALK (8255).