Trey Pearson, singer of the popular Christian rock band “Everyday Sunday,” has come out as gay.
“I grew up in a very conservative Christian home where I was taught that my sexual orientation was a matter of choice, and had put all my faith into that,” the 35-year-old vocalist said in a letter to his fans, friends and family. “I had never before admitted to myself that I was gay, let alone to anyone else. I never wanted to be gay. I was scared of what God would think and what all of these people I loved would think about me; so it never was an option for me.”
Pearson has been the vocalist of Everyday Sunday for the past 15 years, selling out hundreds of thousands of records and touring dozens of countries with his band.
He posted about his sexuality on Facebook last Tuesday, telling his fans that he was finally being honest with himself. Many of the comments were supportive.
“You are a brave man! Praise God for your courage and honesty,” one Facebook user commented. “Pray for the haters, they know not what they do.”
Another fan questioned the vocalist: “Why should you tell me your gay?”
While some fans remained positive, others criticized the vocalist – and received numerous responses from those supporting Pearson.
“I'm sorry to hear that another talent has been deceived,” one user said of Pearson. “There is nothing to congratulate here, but only to mourn. We all sin and fall short of God's glory, but repentance is key. Choosing to live in sin, is not repenting. Some will call my post, judging, but I call it pointing to the truth of God's will for your life. #wholeBibleorNObible.”
By coming out as gay, he may be risking his career. Some Christian music fans will consider his homosexuality a sin.
Pearson got married to a woman and had two kids in the hopes that his life would click into place. Although he considers his wife a best friend and loves his children, the singer eventually had to come to terms with his sexuality.
“I know I have a long way to go. But if this honesty with myself about who I am, and who I was made by God to be, doesn’t constitute as the peace that passes all understanding, then I don’t know what does. It is like this weight I have been carrying my whole life has been lifted from me, and I have never felt such freedom.”
Pearson is one of a growing number of Christian musicians and singers coming out. He joins Anthony Williams, grammy-nominated gospel artist who came out in 2009. Ray Boltz, popular religious musician from the 90’s, sacrificed his career in 2004 by publicly acknowledging his sexuality. Pearson may face similar injury to his career.
According to Religion News Service, Pearson is still keeping to his faith. He continues to pray and study the bible. “There is absolutely no conflict with accepting who I am and following Jesus,” he told RNS. “God wants me to be healthy, authentic, whole, integrated and my truest self.”
The final words of Pearson’s letter express his desire to be accepted by friends and family.
“I hope people will hear my heart, and that I will still be loved. I’m still the same guy, with the same heart, who wants to love God and love people with everything I have. This is a part of me I have come to be able to accept, and now it is a part of me that you know as well. I trust God to help love do the rest.”
To read the full letter, visit 614columbus.com