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A Modern Gospel

How long have you been driving for Uber?

Just for a little while. I’m actually a musician. But my tour got cancelled.

Why’s that?

… I’m not sure why I’m telling you all this…

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The first time I spoke with Trey Pearson was through a rearview mirror.

I’ve made it a habit—a pretty natural one as a storyteller—of chatting up my drivers since Uber took over the city’s social bus driver role, and there’s been plenty to dig into. The retired Air Force officer who smelled like Drakkar Noir. The catering chef who let me sing Lauryn Hill songs with her on my birthday. The out-of-town cop making weekend money to stash away for his daughter’s college fund. None stuck with me the way Trey did.
Just a few minutes before I departed for some assorted happy hour, Trey, arching his neck and speaking once more into the rearview, said something that bounced around in my head for the rest of the night, and to be honest, for several months after:
“I’m gay, and one of the only people who knows is my wife.”
On the balance, a story of a man coming to terms with his sexuality and coming out of the closet is no bombshell, especially not in a progressive city such as Columbus—but Trey wasn’t just a musician—he was a bona fide rock star.

Since 1997, he’s been the core of Everyday Sunday, a highly successful alternative outfit who’s sold hundreds of thousands of records, scored multiple #1 singles on the national radio charts, toured all 50 states and 20 countries, and signed to a reputable label in Nashville.

A Christian label.

We’ve taken pride in the carefully curated stories that appear in (614) Magazine every month, but in some cases, the story chooses you. Over the next five months, Trey and I maintained contact, sometimes just to play arcade games or have a beer and watch the Cavs, both aware that we had been placed in each other’s path for a reason.

With me, Trey is not a rock star; he’s an articulate man in his early 30s, not only confronting his own sexuality and how it will affect his family, but also shedding part of a persona he’s been maintaining for almost two decades, on stage and off.

This is not a normal story. Trey and I decided to tell this story together, for him to come out not just to his family and a handful of friends, but to the masses—where he could become a model and mentor for thousands in his musical flock still searching for acceptance and clarity within their faith.
Days before this article was printed, he walked into my office, and through tears, read me a copy of the letter he carefully penned for those closest to him, his words fragile and bold at the same time; a declaration of freedom for a man trapped in a life that wasn’t fully his to lead.

Here in these pages are passages from that letter, backed with Trey’s own perspective on coming to terms with it all.

“Most of us reach at least one pivotal moment in our lives that better defines who we are. These last several months have been the hardest—but also have ended up being the most freeing months—of my life. To make an extremely long story short, I have come to be able to admit to myself, and to my family, that I am gay.”

TP: There is a weight that has been lifted, and I have never felt so free. I cannot even believe the joy and lightness I feel from being able to accept myself, and love myself, for who I truly am … but I have also lost some of the closest people in my life. I have felt betrayal by people I loved a lot, and cared so much about. I have had some church people act like the worst people I have ever experienced in my life. I have some people in my life who I have felt a shift in the way they love me, and the way they see me. I want to be loved for who I am, not in spite of who I am. I’m starting over in so many ways. It is freeing, but it’s also starting out lonely.

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Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

“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. 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. I have been suppressing these attractions and feelings since adolescence.  I’ve tried my whole life to be straight. I married a girl, and I even have two beautiful little kids. My daughter, Liv, is six and my son, Beckham, is two.”

Part of me feels guilty about it. But I wouldn’t change it. So much of me has so much heartache that I couldn’t grow up loving myself for who I am. I could not accept myself. I was so scared that God would hate me. That all of the people I loved wouldn’t see me the same way. I couldn’t allow being gay to be an option. I just hoped and prayed, with everything in me, that I could just be straight—that I could be attracted to women, and that it would all work. I tried. I have two kids. I wouldn’t trade everything in the world for them. They are a huge part of how I have made it through all of this. They are everything to me.

“I had always romanticized the idea of falling in love with a woman; and having a family had always been my dream. In many ways, that dream has come true. But I have also come to realize a lot of time has passed in my life pushing away, blocking out and not dealing with real feelings going on inside of me. I have tried not to be gay for more than 20 years of my life. I found so much comfort as a teen in 1 Samuel 18-20 and the intimacy of Jonathan and David. I thought and hoped that such male intimacy could fulfill that void I felt in my desire for male companionship. I always thought if I could find these intimate friendships, then that would be enough.Then I thought everything would come naturally on my wedding night. I honestly had never even made out with a girl before I got married. Of course, it felt anything but natural for me. Trying not to be gay, has only led to a desire for intimacy in friendships, which pushed friends away, and it has resulted in a marriage where I couldn’t love or satisfy my wife in a way that she needed. When Lauren and I got married, I committed to loving her to the best of my ability, and I had the full intention of spending the rest of my life with her. Despite our best efforts, however, I have come to accept that there is nothing that is going to change who I am.”

Lauren… Lauren is a beautiful soul. I love her so much, and I am so grateful to have been able to see her grow the way she has. We were on a journey together, and she was always willing to follow me, in my journey of faith, questions and exploring. I think we have both grown so much in the last 10 years together, and being married for 7 and a half of those. And when I needed her in this, she was able to hug me, and cry, and tell me how proud of me she was for being able to be honest with myself. I knew then it didn’t matter what anyone else thought, or did to me. I knew then that I had been set free.

I am never going to be able to change how I am, and no matter how healthy our relationship becomes, it’s never going to change what I know deep down: that I am gay. Lauren has been the most supportive, understanding, loving and gracious person I could ever ask for, as I have come to face this. And now I am trying to figure out how to co-parent while being her friend, and how to raise our children.

I have progressed so much in my faith over these last several years. I think I needed to be able to affirm other gay people before I could ever accept it for myself. Likewise, I couldn’t expect others to accept me how I am until I could come to terms with it first.

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.

So many of us live in fear. Most of the time it is fear of what we don’t know or understand. As much as I love Jesus, it is hard to see white, male pastors instill this fear of ignorance—who won’t even have the humility to have the conversation, to try and understand, when they don’t realize how damaging what they are doing is for so many people. It’s so easy when you have never had to be the minority, or the oppressed, or haven’t had to know what it’s like to not be able to be who you are. Maybe it is your church, your family, or your culture where you live that keeps you living in fear. But it’s not honest. That’s what creates the bubble so many people hate about church: the lack of honesty when it comes to questions about faith. The vast majority of people are tired of that. Faith can be a beautiful thing. But it has to start with honesty.

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Photo by Megan Leigh Barnard

Part II – Looking Forward

How would you like to characterize what brought you to this moment? 

Being gay was never an option for me. I knew I had attractions. I knew how difficult it was for Lauren and me. But I never allowed myself to dwell on it. I knew I had a family, including my unbelievable kids. So I just had decided it was good enough, the way things were. I thought I could continue to find a way to make it work. I kept hoping it would get better, even though it had been seven and half years. Apparently, friends that I have been close to over the years have thought that I was gay, but no one ever talked to me about it. Think about that. No one has, lovingly, ever said, “Trey, do you think you might be gay”? That is part of what I mean by the lack of honesty so much of the church creates. It’s so taboo to talk about it. And we just think we were told it wasn’t natural, so we hope it just goes away.

I found one of your old tweets expressing sympathy over a gay teen telling her Christian parents they were gay. Years before your coming out, that part of your heart, does that play into why you feel a willingness to come out in such a public way? As a follow-up, do you think despite more overall acceptance and love toward the LGBTQ community within the Christian community there is still a dangerous level of rejection that can lead to self-harm, alcohol or drug abuse, etc.?

Part of it may stem from my own realization of how difficult my journey was going to be once I got married, but I honestly think it comes to deeper parts of my faith journey, my understanding of God and Jesus, that had allowed me to accept and affirm gay people as loved, children of God, made in God’s image, years ago. I know this is how God made me, and I am proud of who I am. I know there is nothing I can do to change it. Because I have worked through so many of these questions before accepting this for myself, I feel like it has made it that much easier for me to get through this, know that I am loved by God, and want to be a voice to tell others that they are as well. It feels like a calling. And it is the thing in our culture that must change, just like so many things have had to change before in culture, and in the church, from slavery to women’s rights … this is the pressing issue of our time. People commit suicide over this. People lose family and friends because of the ignorance, and lack of acceptance. I am a part of this, I have been a victim of this, and I will speak out for the equal rights of all people.

I also saw one of your quotes in another interview, where you reference a “system in place to sell albums [that] has a very narrow view of belief that they want to promote to their consumers.” Does this story and moving forward in your music give you a chance to change or affect that?

I don’t know. I never liked the formula of what record labels were looking for in the Christian music industry to sell albums. I feel like we always tried to be true to who we wanted to be. And I still want to do that. Be true to who I am, and what kind of music I want to do. I never wanted to just make music for Christians, or Christian radio, but I have always wanted to be honest in my music. A lot of being honest in my music is talking about my faith, but it’s also talking about all kinds of other things. I plan to continue to do all of that. I realize a lot of gate holders in that industry may want to never play my songs again, due to fear—but I also think the world is changing—and I think there are a lot of people out there that want to be a part of this conversation. So, wherever people are willing to listen to my music and my story, I will go.

Did any of these things ever find their way into your lyrics? Is that something you can reflect on now, whether you were trying to find some meaning between art, self, and church?

In these last several months, it is very interesting for me to go back and listen to my own lyrics on a lot of my songs. I can recognize my own pain and searching in many of the songs that very much have to do with what I am coming to accept in my own life now.

Do you worry about what the fans will say? How many among them do you think may be grappling with the same crisis of self and faith, whether to do with sexuality or not?

No. I think anyone who wants to get honest with themselves will be willing to listen and will try to understand. I think most people are grappling with the same crisis of self and faith. Most young people leave the church out of high school; a lot of these people you talk to will tell you about the god they were handed, that they can’t believe in. And when you hear the stories of the way they were taught to believe in God, you realize that’s not a god you could believe in either.

It’s been an intense six months for Trey Pearson. He is making room for “normal” life priorities—like finding time to see the new Captain America movie at the renovated Grandview Theatre down the street from his new place. Now, faced with a new life—in addition to being a single dad, facing a new romantic world—he’s working on a new album, and this month he’ll play one of the most meaningful shows of his life, headlining Columbus Pride. In the meantime, his faith continues to evolve, not unlike the letter he’s been writing and re-writing since coming to accept himself as a gay Christian man. The last few lines from his letter tell us that he, is beyond anything, hopeful

In sharing this publicly I’m taking another step into health and wholeness by accepting myself, and every part of me. It’s not only an idea for me that I’m gay; It’s my life. This is me being authentic and real with myself and other people. This is a part of who I am.

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.

I’m not worried. I’m free. I feel like there is nothing to hide, and there is nothing left to fear. No one can do anything to me, because I have experienced this freedom, and it is the most wonderful feeling in the world. I hope more and more people can find the freedom to be honest with me as I continue to tell my story.

Everyday Sunday will be headlining the 35th annual Columbus Pride Festival on Friday, June 17 at 8:45 p.m. in Goodale Park. For more info, visit columbuspride.org. For more of Pearson’s music, visit facebook.com/everydaysunday and follow @treypearson on Twitter.

 

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Travis Hoewischer

I've been working in journalism in central Ohio for more than a decade, and have been lucky enough to be a part of (614) Magazine since the very first issue. Proud to live in a city that still cares – and still reads.

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  • Liz Dyer

    May 31, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    I have a large private Facebook group for open minded moms of LGBT kids. I started the group in June 2014 and we presently have more than 1,100 moms in the group. (for more info about the group email me at lizdyer55@gmail.com )

    We love and support our LGBT kids and are passionate about making the world a better, kinder, safer, more loving place for all LGBT people.

    Here is a letter we wrote to Trey that more than 300 of us signed our names to:

    Dear Trey,

    We are members of a large private Facebook group called Serendipitydodah for Moms. The group was created for open minded Christian moms of LGBT kids who love and support their kids and want to develop and maintain healthy, authentic, loving relationships with their LGBT kids. We have more than 1,100 members in the group and many of us are working to bring attention to acceptance and equality, sometimes in personal relationships and sometimes publicly.

    We are writing to you because we want you to know that we care about you and recognize the courage it took to come out publicly. We are moms who understand because some of our own children have had to exhibit the same kind of courage when they finally determined to come out and begin living fully into the person they were created to be.

    Although there is a lot of ignorance and hate out there, we want to encourage you. Every day there are more and more people who are supportive and affirming of LGBT people. The tide is turning and things are getting better. Laws are changing and many, many people do care about you and support you.

    So, hang in there and never give up on your dream to live a full, happy, successful, good life.

    More than 300 of us are signing our names to this letter with much love and encouragement sent your way.

    We will continue to fight for you, pray for you and support you just as you are.

    Love & light,

    Abby De Fiesta Cortez
    Adele Berardi
    Aletheia Wall Zambesi
    Alise D Chaffins
    Alison Defrese
    Allena Brown
    Amanda Curtis Dwyer
    Amy Hansley Moorehead
    Angie Laws
    Angie Silver
    Anita Jewell Carter Cockrum
    Ann McGee Green
    Ann Zweckbronner
    Arlene Schulz
    Barb Cressy
    Becky Cantrall
    Beth Barndt Ruthenburg
    Beth Breems
    Beth Yoder
    Bethany Kirwen
    Betsy Bruce Henning
    Billie Jo Marrs
    Bonnie Miranda
    Bridget Murphy
    Carie Poynor Downes
    Carla Iturregui Picasso-Brown
    Carla Michaelsen
    Carla Short Spivey
    Carol Beth Wiggins Baswell
    Carol Fuss Reed
    Carol Mason
    Carole Bass
    Caroline Williams Joyce
    Carolyn Cage Johnston
    Carrie Garske Shank
    Cassy Taylor Campos
    Cathleen Frantzen Schaber
    Chasity Davis
    Cheri Nill
    Cheri Simpson
    Cherie Walker
    Cheryl Bakkila-Perkins
    Chris Behne
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    Serendipitydodah for Moms is a private Facebook group created as an extension of the Serendipitydodah blog. The group is secret so that only members can find it or see what is posted in the group. The group was started in June 2014 and presently has more than 1,100 members. The space was specifically created for open minded Christian moms who have LGBTQ kids and want to develop and maintain healthy, loving, authentic relationships with their LGBTQ kids. In addition to providing a space for members to share info and support one another, a special guest is added each month for a few days. The guests include authors, pastors, LGBTQ people, bloggers and public speakers.

    For more info email lizdyer55@gmail.com

  • Samantha Price

    Jun 1, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Literally right now I see a Christian brother who has fallen to the Wayside I used to listen to every day Sunday all the time it was like one of my favorite top Christian bands over told me Max Sanctus Real Skillet the rest I really thought they were an up-and-coming band really had something when they first started it was true music just a solo guitarist Fu band vocals behind and a pure heart it really spoke to me and got me out of the situation I was in seeing this makes me cry and makes me realize they’re not always what God chooses to show us actually gets accepted I see now that Toby has come to the realization that following God or choosing man’s rule is a choice today I see he chose to follow the way of the world instead of of his spiritual heart and truthful teachings I truly still love him and will always love him but I pray you find Jesus is calling for him and understanding and knows that he has a wife and children who need help who love him and respect him as a father if he was this way you should have made the decision not to be with his wife and kids and to follow the way of the world he is much more than being the way he is now to think about than just being really really because somebody said it was okay for other people to swap bathrooms are for people to wear skinny clothes that look like men and axles I literally believe that you will find God’s calling for your heart to come back to him I just pray it’s soon and not before he comes to the surface to save us all and take us home if you’re ever in doubt or just need a way to be saved or find yourself questioning it’s got the right answer for me here’s here’s what you say Lord Jesus I know I am a sinner please come into my heart and save me leave that with all of your heart and receive it I truly believe that you will receive it and find the calling for you he has planned for you he did for me I used to be this way I had a best friend who I thought was supposed to be my girlfriend I went the wrong road got lost but now I have found the way the truth the life I found a husband who loves me a man who will take care of me and respect me and I know that God has someone there for me and it was not my best friend who was a girl so please if you haven’t had the chance to meet Jesus or have him come into your heart I ask that you do receive them into your heart and that he sure it’s all right with you right now I pray for all of you who are lost souls and ask God to bless you I also have God to bless each and everyone of you to understand the real meaning behind love and light and laughter and the fun joy of it all because God is nothing short of Joy love and laughter and happily ever after amazing times and Adventures thanks to him I’m now safe and on the right track to going to have an amazing one way trip to heaven thank you to those who shared this with me I will be praying for him to find Jesus again and for all those who got hurt or lost I will pray for you too for I know God has a plan for you and will always take care of you and that he loves you because just like Building 429 says this is not our home this is not where I belong take this world and give me Jesus this is not where I belong just like a few other Christian friends of mine say God is on the move of God Is On The Move Hallelujah there is power power in the name of Jesus we’re going down to the river down to the river down to the river to pray yeah you just get Washed by the Water Washed by the Water rise up and Amazing Grace and grief to feel your love rising up saving Ninja free Just Breathe don’t forget to breathe if you’re going through something listen to those songs because they’re encouraging and also help me I also think Sanctus Real for reminding people when they’re married that they have a duty to their wife that when she falls he needs to be there to pick her up she needs to hold her hand and her mind her she’s loved I’m happy for you that you feel free but listen brother in Christ this isn’t the freedom you seek the freedom you seek is God’s love his love to let you be you his love to let you express your heart and see the true feelings I know your true feelings are for Jesus you once held the heart in your hand that said you love him and you respect him and you honor and follow him he once held the key to the door to the Gates of Heaven for the Lord said it is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven I literally believe that with all my heart I know this is just a stepping stone for you a way to try and help you become more famous I wait for you to try and make money but do not forget that the rich man knows not what the poor man can do does not see or have the heart for a rich man does not have the glory honor and apprehending understanding and knowledge and wisdom that a a poor man does I pray and receive now for your full healing over your heart for Jesus Come into you and remind you who he is and shed his light on you that his glory will forever love you and spread good news throughout you that you will share the good news of God and give Jesus a chance again don’t forget where you come from and who made you the most important thing is to remember knowledge wisdom understanding honesty truth and loyalty goes a long way I do not hate you nor disrespect you for the choices you have made I will love you and honor God’s promise that no matter what love thy neighbor as thyself but I pray you find yourself again and find the truth the light and the never ending joy that God has implant in your heart and in the many others who joined you and listen to your music I’m inspired for you I hope you’re doing great I hope you and your family are doing well and may all things siding considered see the blessings that you need and the unending joy that you need God bless you brother and may you have a wonderful and amazing week

    • E Booth

      Jun 1, 2016 at 11:25 am

      It’s dreadfully hard to read your comment as it’s devoid of periods and is one long sentence, but I respectfully must disagree with your assertions. God’s love does appear wonderful, but it also appears to be conditional on what sexual orientation you are, according to your take on things. There is love in the world for all people, regardless. Trey is already finding this out, thankfully, in the throngs of people that are supporting him, from all walks of life and religion (or lack thereof).

      • ephemerally

        Jun 1, 2016 at 5:33 pm

        Couldn’t have said it better, I thought youtube comments were the worst, but woah, that comment above at least wins worst internet comment of the day. It’s completely terrible on all levels of content and presentation. On another note, I’ve never understood this extreme focus of the religious on the strangest things, one being homosexuality; that’s why I left the club. Hopefully he just lets the whole charade go eventually. Samantha and her ilk like to pretend no one can ever be happy or content outside of this very specific way of thinking. And perhaps they can’t. But for the rest of us, that’s nonsense.

    • Griffin Jenkins

      Jun 1, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Also, how rude and terrible you are for being so condescending and presumptuous. If you actually read the article or his letter, you would know that he’s tried his best to be there for his wife and children, and he couldn’t properly fulfill his duties and provide his wife with the love and care she needed because he was trying to change the way God made him. He’s trying to accept himself and he’s urging others in his position to do the same. Accept and love the way God made you. We are all in his image – gay or straight. We’re made to love and be loved.

    • Michael

      Jun 2, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Dear Samantha, I think I agree with most of the first part that you wrote. The trouble is, though: I can barely read what you wrote!! Please, use punctuation and capital letters! It’s a pain to go through your comment, even though I think you have some good things to say… Please, edit it, if possible or upload a new comment? Why do you not write like you were taught in primary school? 😉

  • Shane Jones

    Jun 1, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Too bad you too did not realize what a waste of a life trying to be straight. You are so not alone, I tried, Christian Counseling, really best there is I think, Exudos Groups Dallas Branch called A.I.M at the time, then married a beautiful women. FORTUNATELY no children produced from this forced union, trying to be straight. Just found out, 40 years later, that the Bible was changed in about 1978 edition, that homosexual practice was a sin. Met someone, straight, who showed me the translations of the NIV and other Bibles, where having sex with you sister as a sin, was taken out and same sex, sex was now IN the Bible as sin. At different times in history, same sex, sex was considered acceptable. None the less, I couldn’t change anyway. You can’t unlearn to read. lol. That’s what we are asked to do. But I am, a CHRISTIAN. Best to you and the million of other people struggling with this. GOD Loves you !!

  • Sam James

    Jun 3, 2016 at 8:01 am

    It is unfortunate that someone who claims to hold firm to the faith of Jesus Christ apparently knows so little of who He is and the freedom we have in Him to reject sin. That Pearson feels ‘free’ is nothing more than a masking for a justification of a living a life outside of Biblical standards. We need to pray for Pearson because it’s apparent he has had a battle he has not won for many years now. His wife and children should also be at the forefront of prayers; the consequences they face will be with them for the rest of their lives because of Trey’s loss in this battle. Pearson can attempt to justify this as much as he wants, there will always be a void in his argument they he will take with him and will be observed by those he engages. This is a sad day for a fallen leader. However, there is still hope for Pearson’s recovery.

  • Jason Thomas Callender

    Jun 8, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    I can identify. I was an ordained associate pastor when I came out. And lost my marriage and the role I loved so much. The road is not easy but the journey into Love that he takes us will shatter our wildest imagination if we let it.

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