Posted on by Amanda Rice

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The Queerituality project has begun.

Last Saturday, I had the pleasure of visiting with CorNeilius Smith outside of Gary, Indiana.

CorNeilius, an African American, gay, Christian, was the first person I recorded in connection with this project. When I asked him if I could use his story, he said, "We can’t always keep everything a secret all the time. People can be so close-minded, and they’re close-minded because you don’t talk about it... This [openness] comes with being comfortable – I’m comfortable with who I am, so I don’t mind talking about it." 

CorNeilius and I spoke in depth about his understanding of God's love, which has helped him disregard judgements from others.  "In the end, God is going to be the one to judge me," he says.

Without any further ado, here is CorNeilius Smith's story.