Thomas Mark Zuniga
Chronic wanderer, melancholic delighter in the what-comes-next. I'm the cofounder and editor for YOB, and I also host the YOBcast twice a month. In 2013, I wrote my first book, Struggle Central, a collection of my messy memoirs; in 2017, I wrote my second book, Running To, a collection of travel memoirs sprinkled with the messy. I first started fleshing out my story of faith and same-sex attraction in 2008 on Xanga under the username "Two Beckonings." I'm an INFJ, Enneagram Type 4 -- which basically means I'm emotional and creative and yearn for that which I cannot have. But I firmly believe anticipation is the purest form of pleasure, so I deal. I've lived in Pennsylvania, Georgia, California, and North Carolina, working with youth in tutoring, summer camps, wilderness therapy, and a therapeutic boarding school. I now work full-time with YOB, editing blogs, hosting podcasts, and creating video content that connects and inspires. My favorite place is the one where coffee and vulnerability meet, and I never tire of hearing from folks who find our site and realize they're not alone in their journeys with faith and sexuality. Feel free to reach out if we've never connected; I'd love to hear from you.…
I live for God. Every decision I make is done in seeking His Will. My beliefs are made through seeking the Truth of Scripture and meditating on the leading of the Holy Spirit. I am deeply in love with my wife, Lisa. I have the world's most amazing daughter who shall remain nameless and ageless in order to guard and protect her. I am obsessed with TV shows and movies. I enjoy reading. Eating is usually enjoyable. I am highly critical of everything around me and always have an opinion on every matter. Read my posts for more details.
He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.-Proverbs 28:13Kevin Frye is my real name. Same-sex attraction is something I've dealt with in some manner or another since I was a child, but it's by no means the only struggle I've had, nor is it separate and exclusive from other issues. I don't really consider myself to be same-sex attracted in a homosexual sense anymore. I'm not ex-gay, either, since I never really was gay in the first place. I'm a child of God. Everything else about me must line up under His Lordship in my life.I'm American, and I live in Nara prefecture, Japan. I'm married, I have three kids, and I teach English. I like or at least can appreciate almost everything -- dogs and cats, city and countryside, preps and goths, classical and modern, spicy and bland, hot and cold, staying home and going out. And I love tofu.
In my twenty-ninth year of life. A whimsical wanderer, though I feel homeless everywhere I go. A self-proclaimed "lost boy". Exhibitor of childlike wonder. Lover of deep-rooted tradition. Seer of the connectedness of all things. Seeker of Truth. Worshiper of the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. Disciple of Yeshua the Messiah. Extremely sensitive and blessed with the curse of feeling all things deeply. Because of this I am prone to depression and crying, but also outbursts of joy, laughter, and dancing. I am learning how to love myself. Striving for righteousness yet failing simultaneously. I battle boundaries and cross the line too often. Desiring constant intimate connection and always asking for affirmation. Clearly I am a work in progress. Though I am a pursuer of goodness and beauty. A believer in the impossible. Baker of pies. Creator of art. Builder of forts. Embracer of mystery. Upholder of myth. Guardian of the fantastical. Lover of the lonely. Defender of the forgotten. ENFP, Enneagram 4 To contact, send a letter to: email@example.com
I'm a full blood Native American living in New Mexico (Yes, in the United States) who deals with Same-Sex Attractions on a regular basis. For those who are interested in my Meyer-Briggs test, I'm a ETSJ and Enneagram 8 (which I think they're dumb, but I guess other people like them, oh well!) I'm a very blunt person, and very sarcastic, which both gets me into trouble sometimes. I'm very involved in ministry in the area where I live, but do have time to have awesome conversations with different people. How I write is basically having a one-on-one conversation: you are my audience, and I'm telling you my story. You'll be hearing how I grew up, things I've gone through, and stuff that's on my mind. My policy is being transparent with you guys, and being prepared for different trails that are yet to come. I'm here to challenge you to dive deeper in your faith with God, and to show that's it's ok to love people who have a different mindset than you. Hope you're ready!
I like to stare at the stars and when I'm feeling adventurous, into the sun. I'm a bit silly and somewhat scattered. Give me a time machine and I'd have dinner with Jesus and John Lennon. And when life gives me lemons, I run, because I hate fruit pies! But what is it that makes me extraordinary, wonderfully and fearfully made? I don't know, but I want to the One who does. Will you come?
When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, writing, singing, traveling, and visiting coffee shops. I am passionate about studying Scripture and learning more about what it looks like to walk in the Messiah's ways as He taught and demonstrated. I value authenticity, wisdom, resilience, and faith. Note: YOB consists of a unique community of bloggers and provides a platform for them to share their opinions, stories, and other material related to their personal experiences with topics such as faith, homosexuality, and mens issues. Corey does not claim to advocate or agree with the beliefs, values, or opinions of every author, topic, post, belief, value, or opinion. The thoughts, opinions, and other material expressed on his blog do not reflect those of his employers or any other associated parties. Corey maintains a nonjudgmental stance and does not discriminate against people on the basis of their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity or gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, socioeconomic status, or political beliefs.
I’m a young twenty-something fresh out of college while still trying to find my way in the world, but I am enjoying it for it is the journey that is the reward. Lover of all things creative, I am a drawer with an intuitive mind while also a deep thinker. I can be a person of extreme opposites: one moment a lone wolf, the next a social butterfly. One moment joyful and optimistic, yet sad and melancholic the next. My Enneagram type can alternate between INTP and INFP, depending on the day. Career-wise, I am still trying to figure things out. But after coming to terms with my SSA and meeting fellow SSA Christians and forming deep intimate bonds, I feel like my social life is finally coming together after years of lonely isolation. I’ve always longed for brotherhood and, at last, I feel I have found it. Now I am glad to join this community of bloggers and share my stories and struggles, joys and sorrows, dreams and longings.
I'm a Poet, I love Plums because of WCW and plump is my favorite word. I think that P is the most underrated letter and not for its Freudian implications. I'm emotional. On good days I would say passionate. I feel a lot. I want to be the most unique in the room and have a number of time-tested strategies to accomplish this. I want everyone to look at me, to know me, and to love me. But I want them to look at me and see. I want them to see through all my BS (my tightly woven strings) and see whatever is down there. I’m a performer. I read a room and fit the roll that will get me the most attention. I’m best/truest one on one because I already have your attention. This is dysfunctional and not a sign of mental health. Its something I’m working on. I learned that the best way to find intimacy is by patience, care, and vulnerability. I have to allow myself to not be the most talked about, the most known, or the most desired and not make those things /mean/ something about my worth. I need to not take so…
I'm passionate about truth, and I'm passionate about people! This basically means that in real life I talk a lot! :)I was born into a conservative christian family, but born again into the Family of God at the age of 21. I was also born with a relentless aspiration to learn how everything works. It can be a blessing and a curse! The blessing being that I've learned a lot through good old fashioned research, and not being satisfied with myself until I am certain of the answer. The down side being that even though I'm His child, I can't know all that God knows, so my obsession with knowing, clashes with Gods plan of just believing, and trusting Him!
My name is Joel, but I used to go by John before using my real name. I've spent my entire life living in the Peach State. However, I love driving and traveling around the country and even the world. I'm pretty much a goofy extrovert who loves to laugh and make others laugh (Cue the terrible jokes). On a more serious note, I strive for intimacy and openness with people. Late night conversations are the best. Currently I am a young 20 something trying to get my life together after quitting college. (Yay associates degrees!) I look forward to helping (or maybe even inspiring) strugglers all over the world through my life and this blog. This bio probably will change as I am learning more about myself along the way. Join me along the journey!
I’m a college student studying computer science in Southern California. One of my favorite things to do is heading to Starbucks with a good friend and talking for a few hours over coffee. I’m an ESFJ and an Enneagram 6. I really value community, both here on YOB and at school and church. A good song in my head is an essential part of a good day (never try to separate me from my Spotify Premium) and grocery shopping and cooking are my go-to stress relievers.
Born and raised in the Midwest, my heart is bent to nature and travel. Things that I love? Traveling, cooking, trying new food, hiking trails, exploring other cultures, the arts, stories – told and read – summer camp, and lists (seriously). Personality tests run the risk of putting people into boxes, so I'd rather let you get to know me before sharing what I test" as. Sojourner is a term I am becoming more comfortable using to describe me (and my lifestyle). Random facts about me: I played the bassoon for 11 years and can speak French. Let's journey together.
I am a twenty-something who longs to see the world, but Minnesota is the only place I've called home. I love to read, but often find myself mindlessly scrolling Facebook. I love to learn, but I hate school. I care deeply for people, but rarely tell them so. I desire to speak up and act out, but I'm crippled by fear. Life is tough and I constantly mess up, but I am deeply loved by a gracious God.
Greetings from the friendly country of Canada. As I write this, I am drinking a French press coffee and listening to Arcade Fire on vinyl, with my prayer journal, a pile of books, a piano, and a typewriter next to me. This picture describes my life and interests quite well. Some may say I am a hipster, but I do not really like culturally constructed identities in an attempt to place my personality in a box. The books I enjoy are modern fantasy books like Lord of the Rings or The Chronicles of Narnia. I thoroughly enjoy late medieval works such as Beowulf, the Eddas, and various Icelandic sagas. I read a lot of theology and philosophy, and I do much research in that area (it’s kind of my job). When I am feeling particularly adventurous and motivated, I will watch a hockey game and drink a beer with my friends -- like every good Canadian.
Jeffery P. Owl
Reading, singing, teaching, watching Netflix, napping, eating: These are a few of my favorite things. I am very comedic, but my serious side tends to come out (teehee, "come out") when I blog. I am messed up and continually amazed that God looks at me, in all my messed-upness, and still calls me his child and loves me by choice.
I'm a twenty-something computer engineer from the Midwest who feels just as comfortable debugging computer code as he does baking cheesecakes. Singing has always been my favorite extracurricular activity, and I've been doing it since I was two years old. I'm passionate about hospitality, and I strive to make my home into a place that absorbs chaos, gives back calm, and provides hope. I love Jesus, and I long for my life to show how wonderful he is.