Christian Homophobe “Pretends to be Gay” for a Year in Order to Write Book
“There’s no way I could possibly know what it’s like to be gay.”
Timothy Kurek is a self-described homophobic Christian who claims to have undertaken a social experiment by “pretending to be gay” for one year in order to document the results in an upcoming book being published later this year.
To hear Kurek explain it, “pretending to be gay” meant sitting out of his usual religious circles in Nashville and spending his time in gay bars and cafes instead. Kurek went so far as to “come out” to his family and friends, calling that conversation with his parents the most fearful thing he’d ever done.
And I guess that fearfulness is why I’m going to go ahead and call bullshit here. I’m not saying Kurek’s game of pretend only just began when he told everyone his homosexuality had simply been a yearlong farce, though the barista behind me would like me to mention that her ‘dar is flying off the charts.
But I doubt I’m the only one who finds it unsavory that an ideological enemy would find it necessary to “pretend” to be one of us in order to tap into the empathetic well within himself and no longer cast us off as sinners. Though, is it even clear that Kurek doesn’t still believe gay people are inherently sinful?
That Kurek’s definition of homosexuality includes merely sipping lattes and reading the local alt weekly is also off-putting. Unless Kurek also spent the year sleeping with men, then no, he wasn’t “pretending” to be a homosexual. He was pretending to be a Seattleite or a New Orleanian.
While the LGBTrain is meant to be welcoming and enlightening, I’m going to have to pass on this guy’s extremely narrow and placating walk in our shoes. From where I’m sitting, this looks an awful lot like a self-described homophobic Christian continuing to stereotype and marginalize the LGBT community – and now making a profit off of it.
Honestly dude, shush.
But don’t just take my grumblings as scripture. Tell me what you think of Timothy Kurek’s social experiment, book, and definition of the homosexual experience in the comments below.