First, I want to thank you for taking this journey with me over the past decade.
Today, I’m incredibly excited to announce an ambitious new project of which I hope you’ll consider being a part. Let me start by giving you a little background.
In January of 2007, I was pulled into an emergency meeting and given an ultimatum: You can go behind the scenes and keep your job, or you can remain on-camera by undergoing conversion therapy. The producers of my TV show, The Remix, discovered that I visited gay bars on the weekends. For those invested in my career – like Jay Sekulow, now a lawyer for President Donald Trump – the possibility of my coming out was viewed as a threat to their business interests.
I couldn’t deny the truth. I confessed that I “struggled” with being gay and agreed to undergo the fraudulent therapy. My desperate need for acceptance overrode common sense. In the end, I realized I couldn’t live a lie. I came out and faced an enormous public backlash
Shortly after, I was offered a book deal by a LGBT publishing house. I turned it down because I wasn’t ready. Now, I want to share the full behind-the-scenes story, along with the internal struggles I faced unlearning the self-hatred I was taught.
My hope is that struggling LGBT people in faith communities, especially young people, will see themselves in my story and feel less alone as they work to find strength.
I’ve partnered with journalist and author Chris Sosa to bring this project to life. Like me, Chris is a gay man who grew up in a repressive faith community. He understands my story, because we have a lifetime of shared experiences. We will be working hand-in-hand to deliver “My Gay Agenda” in 2018.
This funding campaign is designed to offset the costs associated with production. By independently financing this process, I can retain creative control and ensure my story is told without compromise.
Contributors who donate over $25 will receive a special gift (outlined below). In addition to this, please know that a portion of all profits from the sale of “My Gay Agenda” will be donated to the Born This Way Foundation and The Trevor Project, both nonprofit organizations that assist vulnerable LGBT youth. That’s what the heart of this project is about.
Please share this page with those you believe would like to become involved, and thank you so much for reading. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Total Need To Complete Project: $8,000
Total Goal: $10,000
$25 – A signed copy of the manuscript.
$50 – A signed copy of the manuscript and signed DVD copy of my former TV show The Remix.
$100 – A handwritten letter, signed copy of the manuscript and signed DVD copy of my TV show The Remix.
$500 – An acknowledgement in the book, handwritten letter, signed copy of the manuscript and signed DVD copy of my former TV show The Remix.
$1,000 – A personal call from me, acknowledgement in the book and handwritten letter. Plus, a signed copy of the manuscript and signed DVD copy of my former TV show The Remix.
$2,000 – Spend the day with me and receive an acknowledgement in the book. Plus, a handwritten letter, signed copy of the manuscript and signed DVD copy of Azariah’s former TV show The Remix.