And when she later came out as a lesbian, that prospect seemed especially remote. So the year-old Kansas native is as shocked as anyone with her newfound role -- as a gay Christian artist urging fellow Christians to affirm homosexuals. And she finds herself singing and making her case in the most unlikely venues -- churches. Though she no longer fits neatly into the "Christian music," category, Knapp once again sings regularly for congregations and youth groups, the kind of audiences that made her a contemporary Christian music sensation almost two decades ago.
It ain't easy being gay, Christian and famous
Jennifer Knapp - Wikipedia
Jennifer Knapp shocked the Christian community when she revealed she was a lesbian and had been in a relationship with a woman for the last eight years. Her admission was made back in as she returned to the music scene following a long hiatus after the release of The Way I Am in Up until her break, she had become a favourite on the Christian music scene and sold over a million albums. When she returned to the public eye, it was with a bang, simultaneously releasing three interviews in which she revealed her sexuality - one in in LGBT publication The Advocate, another in the Reuters news agency, and another in the US magazine Christianity Today. And everyone told me that one day we'd be old codgers who hate one another and want to get a divorce. Much to my amazement, I still have that same drive. It's my partner for me and me for my partner.
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The past few years have been a growing experience for me, and I feel I have changed. The greatest factor in my life-changes is that I was married to a gay man. Sharing that will help me, and I hope others won't feel so alone. Carol, It is a beautiful statement. I wish that simply living with integrety as the person God made one didn't cause such a horrible reaction from some segments of the church.
That is part of my story: I am a lesbian and I am a Christian. Nonetheless, it is the bullet point for this conversation that best describes the starting point for this particular tale. Long before I recognized my sexual orientation, I recognized my intrinsic value as a human being. It was my faith that helped me to do this.