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Michael Overman, 29, is a partnered, queer, white Protestant. When he wrote online about his struggles against homosexuality, his independent Baptist church asked him to leave. “That night just broke me,” he said. “And the next six years afterward were me retreating from anything and everything in the institutional church. I couldn’t go near it.”

Michael eventually returned to the Christian church, and felt a call to ministry. He recently stepped down from the ordination process in the United Methodist Church, which holds the official stance that homosexuality is “incompatible” with Christian teaching. He now describes the situation as “in flux, but not in crisis.”

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Michael recorded his story in Chicago, Ill. on June 23, 2013. His full story will be online soon.