Randy Roberts Potts, the grandson of televangelist Oral Roberts, is talking for the first time about coming out gay.
In a 30-minute sermon delivered Sunday at Tulsa's All Souls Unitarian Church, Potts talked about his experience as a gay man in an evangelical world.
He told parishioners that a closeted life led his uncle Ronnie to commit suicide, and that he nearly followed in his footsteps.
“I feel the burden of my uncle's death each and every day,” Potts said. “I know I can't fix it, but I almost relived his life in every way: marrying young, having children, becoming a teacher, becoming suicidal. All because I was never told his story, because his story as a gay man has been hushed up. This system of mendacity, of bluffing, of pretending, of trying to pray the gay away has already left one casualty in my family and almost caused another.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)
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