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Megachurch Pastor Declares He's Gay

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This has to got to be one of the most impressive things we've ever heard!

After the recent trend of suicides by gay teens, Bishop Jim Swilley decided to announce to the world that he is gay.

Check out the video (above) to see a news report about the brave, selfless man.

Thank you for helping the cause, Jim! We can't emphasize enough how much we appreciate it!

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34 comments to “Megachurch Pastor Declares He's Gay”

  1. 1

    Most inspiring story of the day. Thanks for bringing it to us, Perez!

  2. 2

    Every person who shares this very personal part of their lives in such a public way needs to be celebrated.

  3. 3

    I'm proud of him.

  4. Merab says – reply to this


    eehhh…another one who feels that he had to declare smth..

    …well,of course,there´s nothing wrong with that…He is free to announce whatever he wants … but the question is : did he do that because of the kids who killed themselves (as he says it) ?…I would doubt this to be honest…
    Some people (gay or straight) just like attention…

  5. 5

    honestly, i found most of the 'it gets better' videos to be patronising and false but that was one of the most moving things i have ever seen on this site. These kind of examples of true bravery are the only thing thats i going to get through to teenagers. Such an amazing, inspiring thing to do and it must have taken a lot of courage. Well done!

  6. buck says – reply to this


    I don't mind gay people but i really hate it when they infiltrate the church and try to take it down.

  7. 7

    This is both sad and disgusting! Just know that you have reserved your place in hell, how can a so-called pastor lead people astray like this? What is this world turning into?! Sad sad.

  8. 8

    God loves you INSPITE of who you are not for WHO you are. There is a big difference and those who read the bible understand that difference. Don't bother with snarky remarks I never come back to read them.

  9. 9

    How insincere did Obama look in that video!? If you're only making "It Gets Better" videos because you're being pressured to, or feel obligated to, DON'T BOTHER!

  10. 10

    A stellar example of bravery & selflessness. Your actions have saved lives, my friend!

  11. 11

    Re: mankymonkey – LOL!!! Nice… Quick write down what the bible says (written by a HUMAN by the way jackass, not GOD him or herself) and run out before I get clobbered for being a closed minded retard! Listen whoever you are… I am not knocking relilgion but I can assure with your comment how strongly you beleive in it and likely try to live by it's rules but I assure you if I were to record a day in the life of "you" then I am certain there will be many times that you are doing completely the opposite of the Bible… Religious buffs are such hypocrites!!! Also your thinking is the crap that gets all these religions at each other's throats just so you know…

  12. 12

    Re: buck – I agree. Thank you Gene Robinson for taking down the Episcopal Church. It was more important to declare your sexuality than to maintain your faith. The Church will never recover. This is his legacy.

  13. 13

    all this is the beginning of a soft revolution.

  14. 14

    Re: buzziey – Comment #7 - A lot of people are going to comment against you, but you are right…You said it a little harshly but basically, he is leading them astray AND the Bible speaks of people like him - false prophets in the last days.

  15. 15

    I'm impressed this wasn't in the wake of a scandal on his part.

    Now that takes guts and I suppose he'll see how his preaching of forgiveness and acceptance really took within his own mega church.

    regardless he did the right thing…and many of us heathens are impressed!

  16. 16

    that is really freaking brave…in front of his whole giant church. wow, i don't know if i could be that brave.

  17. 17

    Save your tears. Save them for your children.
    My father left my mother when I was 12. He left for a man.
    Cry for your kids you pathetic jerk.

  18. 18

    Ha who would have thought spending weeks at Perez's website would make me so liberal? This is awesome what the pastor did.

  19. 19

    That church is in my hometown, and it's always freaked me out a bit. It's a HUGE compound- very cult-like. After hearing that the preacher came out, I'm actually less creeped out! Good for you, Jim Earl Swilley!

  20. 20

    Re: Shewolf – Totally agreed. That was brave as all get out!

  21. 21

    WOW ! A true Christian > so rare in this age of Tea Parties & God hates rags groups , at last a man thats speaks of love like Jesus did.

  22. 22

    Re: buzziey – What about RED LOBSTER leading all those people astray by making all that tasty shell fish ? You ate some too ? Oh well see you in hell. BTW have you even read the Bible or just Paris Hilton's favorite verses ?

  23. 23

    I am also from the town this church is in. #17 he has raised wonderful kids. My kids know his children, who are grown. They are going to be just fine.

  24. 6one9 says – reply to this



  25. 25

    As someone from the next town over from this church, and who attends the same school as Bishop Swilley's son, I think it was incredibly brave of him to come out to his church. The town in general tends to be very conservative, and many teens in it are terrified to come out in it. He is a great example for gay members of community to follow, and to remember that God loves you for who you are, no matter what.

  26. 26

    This makes me so happy. Brave step.

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  28. 28

    God loves you for who you are.

  29. 29

    I think he is brave and has alot of integrity.

  30. 30

    The Redneck Conservative Christians in Georgia must be shitting their pants.

  31. 31

    And please you assholes pedophiles are not homosexuals. Homosexuals are not pedophiles. Pedophiles are pedophiles. People who prey on children are not gay they are criminal sick fucks.

  32. 32

    bet someone was about to "out" him.

  33. 33

    Bishop Swilley is truly a blessing….Wow.. We need more people like him.

    An inspiration to me and to so many others, including the youth of America.

  34. 34

    Bravo Bishop Jim Swilley!
    Finally a good christian in the church!