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Christian Music Star Jennifer Knapp comes out as a Lesbian

Jennifer Knapp is a rising Christian music star and is best known for her single “Undo Me” off her debut album “Kansas” in 1998. Since then she has gone on to be a Grammy nominee for her follow up album “Lay It Down” in 2000. She released one more album entitled “The Way I Am,” to go unnoticed and take a hiatus for five years before popping back up into the music scene just last year. On her return to music she now has a new found strength and courage and has “come out” of the closet pronouncing herself a lesbian.

Reuters reports that she is the only Christian genre singer of her caliber who is openly gay, and hopefully this will pave the way for more to feel like it’s okay to be truthful with the world. She is going to try to continue on her path to success with a more mainstream album, preparing herself for the backlash from the Christian community that she may receive. They report that she said, “I just wouldn’t find it respectful at all to say, ‘Hey, this is something that you want in your store next to your Jesus statue.’ It would just be disingenuous to try and convince someone that they needed to do that.”

We wish her all the luck in her career moving forward.


To read more go to Reuters.

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  • April 13, 2010 | Permalink |

    i hope that she continues to have success now that she’s come out, a role model for all!

  • April 14, 2010 | Permalink |

    It’s unfortunate that she won’t be recording any more Christian music. I mean, I understand that the Christian music subculture probably won’t accept her, and Christian bookstores won’t stock her, but she can always do like Jason & deMarco and do tours of Metropolitan Community Churches. A lot of gay Christians could use some music just for them – they already feel estranged from both the Christian community and the gay community. And of course, if Knapp loves singing about God, she should never let a bunch of hateful bigots claiming to be followers of Jesus stop her.

    But of course, it’s her decision and I hope it doesn’t sound like I’m criticizing her. It was really brave of her to come out, given the hostile climate of modern Christian culture. I hope she changes some minds and finds happiness and success.

  • April 14, 2010 | Permalink |

    Jennifer, come on over and join us “Deist” rationalist freethinkers, we also won’t beat you up for beeing lesbian and we won’t chide you for believing in God.
    ; )

    Or join a religion more accepting of homosexuality/etc, but drop the christian faith and it’s mythical sky-despot bigot.

    It is so sad and ridicluous that people members of religions that say they are sinning and offending the creator for beeing who/what they are.
    “Gay Christian” is like saying “Jewish Nazi”.

  • April 17, 2010 | Permalink |

    It is my hope that many more gays and lesbians in Christianity will stand up and speak out, God loves Gays as much he loves heterosexuals. Jennifer Knapps ends speculation and there is no doubt in my mind that she will be welcomed with inner peace and joy, knowing that she doesnt have to carry the burden of lying about who she loves and want to spent time with.

    For the bible bashing people, know that God’s ineffable love surpasses any hatred.

    We are often concerned with the way people comment on the issue of homosexuality. Many people are ignorant on the definition of homosexuality. This is a fact that we must appreciate, we are all children of God, a homosexual is a person who is sexually, emotionally, spiritually and physically attracted to people of his or her own sex.

    You can be gay and still love God, let me quote a great man, teacher, Prophet Rev Dr Troy D Perry, the founder of the Metropolitan Community Church who said “The Lord is my Shepherd and He knows I am gay”.

    Jennifer you will be in our prayers for the forseeable future, because I know that coming out with the burden of success in Christian Music can be a challenge.

    At our churches in Lagos Nigeria and London UK, we would pray for you as you continue your journey of reconciliation with God and who you are.

    More love more power. Revd Rowland Jide Macaulay

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