Justin Flippen overcame Christian “reparative therapy” while managing to keep his belief in God and staying true to himself.

“I had an epiphany one day that the church has been wrong about a lot of things in its history,” Flippen said. “Women, slavery, and gay people. Church theology has clearly been wrong about these issues.”

A Broward County native, Flippen was raised in a fundamentalist, conservative Christian environment and has grown up to become quite the leader. Last fall he was elected to the Wilton Manors City Commission for a second time after which his colleagues immediately voted him Vice Mayor.

He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Florida College of Law and has interned with U.S. Senator Bob Graham, clerked for Broward Judge Robert Lee and worked in the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Flippen, 36, uses the words of Thomas Jefferson as a guiding principle, “Governments are the servants, not the masters, of the people.”

Although he is happy serving in the community he was raised, Flippen, who served as a delegate for the State of Florida at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, said, “I do not believe my journey in public service is over.”

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