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Joel Speaks Out

Joel Speaks Out

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In what feels like another life, I was a very conservative Baptist pastor living in the Midwest with my wife and three kids. I was godly, but I was gay. Being gay wasn’t an option in that world. So, in an effort to keep my secret and get myself fixed, I resigned my church and spent nearly 3 years in Ex-gay or conversion therapy. I went to individual and group counseling sessions, attended retreats, read the books, went to conferences, listened to the speakers, fought evil spirits with the counselor, and cried and prayed like never before in my life. As you can see, it didn’t work.

I now know I was focused on pursuing solutions for a problem that didn’t exist. I use those experiences to help individuals and organizations switch from solution building to problem solving in areas like Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, LGBTQ Equality, Personal Development, Professional Development, and more.

Today I am happily married to my husband of 15 years. I share my colorful story with audiences everywhere to encourage them to live authentically not controlled by fear and shame.

I know what it is like to make bold moves. I help people make bold moves in their life, career, organization or community. Contact me and let’s get started today!

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Mr. Joel B Barrett
LGBTQ Writer, Speaker, & Gatherer

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