Popular Christian rock star comes out to fans
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - Trey Pearson has been playing in a Christian rock band since he was 14 years old. Pearson's group, Everyday Sunday, signed a record deal and started touring all over the world. Pearson, 35, is now coming out to fans after what he said was a lifelong struggle with his sexuality.
"I grew up in a conservative Christian home and was very much taught in church and family just that homosexuality was wrong and that God hated it," said Pearson. "From a very young age I knew I had attractions there, but I always felt really horrible about it and so I always tried to push those down and tried to be straight."
Pearson was married to a woman for seven years and has two children. Now that marriage has broken up, and the two are friends.
"When she was able to understand, and when I told her, she was able to just hug me, tell me how much she loved me and tell me how proud of me she was. That is when I was able to realize I was going to be OK."
The West Jefferson native said he is grateful for pastors who are understanding of his choice, because many are not.
"When you experience some of the hatred, you experience some of the fear and the way that they almost want to make you out to be the wolf in sheep's clothing. They will try to villainize you and demonize you. That way you can't try to have an honest conversation about it."
The rocker said many people get caught up in select Bible passages that focus on homosexuality. Pearson said he has a different view.
"The most important thing is to love your neighbor as yourself and if you can do that, you can learn how to love God, and by doing that you are loving God."
He added, "I have no problem being gay and being a Christian. I believe Jesus absolutely loves me they way I am. He created me this way."
Pearson will headline the Pride Festival in Columbus this year at Goodale Park.
"I absolutely know that God will be with us as we celebrate at Pride festival and God is with me, as I seek God in everything I do."
Pearson said he has talked to many gay people who are hurting and he wants to help them.
"To feel like I can be a voice for those people, and so many of them have been Everyday Sunday fans, that have felt that rejection from the church, to hear my story and feel like it can be used in some way to help them in their life, that is a pretty amazing feeling."