Rev. Stephen R. Parelli

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Gender MALE
Industry Religion
Occupation LGBT faith-based concerns
Location Bronx, NY, United States
Introduction In my mid-forties, after 17 years in a "traditional" marriage, and after having rigorously applied the principles of my evangelical faith for thirty years as well as the theological tools I gained from my ThB and MDiv education, and having incorporated the principles of "change" taught by my Catholic therapist Joseph Nicolosi and "ex-gay" evangelical support groups which I attended such as the one conducted by Calvary Baptist Church, Manhattan -- all for the purpose of "overcoming" homosexuality as an orientation -- I happily and openly embraced myself as a gay Christian. Today, I am legally married to my same-sex partner who holds an undergrad in Bible and a Masters in applied psychology. We met and fell in love in 1997. He works in the public schools of NYC as a guidance counselor. During his free time he assists me with Other Sheep. Other Sheep, founded in 1992 in Latin America, is a multicultural ecumenical Christian ministry which works for the full inclusion of LGBT people of faith in their respective faith traditions. I became the Executive Director of Other Sheep in 2005. In May of 2009, I was ordained MCC clergy (Metropolitan Community Church).