Former Homophobe Pretends He's Gay To Better Understand LGBT Community; Writing Book About It
Timothy Kurek's staunch religious upbringing left him with some not-so-nice views on the LGBT community, and he bullied people based on their sexual orientation--but he reevaluated those views when a friend came out, and he watched as she was ostracized by her family.
To better understand the social stigma of being gay, he came out to his family and frequented gay-friendly establishments for a year. Now he's writing a book about his experience, due to be released in October.
MSNBC's Thomas Roberts calls out Kurek on whether he can say he's gay and go to a few LGBT-friendly establishments and know "what the heck it's really like to be a gay man living in modern day times." Kurek admits to a limited experience, and says the book isn't about the internal struggle of being gay, but about "how the label of gay impacted my external life and how those things affected my life and challenged my beliefs."
His goal, he said, is to inspire tolerance among the intolerant.
Sounds interesting. There are a million ways this could go wrong, but after watching the video, Kurek strikes me as sincere, and as a reformed homophobe, I'm interested to see the evolution of his views.
What do you think? Important step toward tolerance? LGBT readers, are you offended by Kurek's actions? Discuss!
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