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Pray FOR - with Bonnie Violet

Hello and Welcome to This Little Light Of Mine, my name is James Powell and I’m really glad that you are able to join me for today’s interview episode.
 

I’m joined with Bonnie Violet. Bonnie is a trans femme genderqueer spiritual drag artist, digital chaplain and host of ‘A Queer Chaplin’ and ‘Splintered Grace’ podcasts.  

In today’s interview episode Bonnie and I will be talking about the recent Netflix conversation therapy documentary, titled ‘Pray Away‘. 

We’ll be talking what we found, helpful, hurtful, and what we hope for, should a possible part two be in the works.

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With that, let’s jump into my conversation with Bonnie Violet.

So what did you take away from Pray Away? I’d love to hear your thoughts, opinions, and insights. Head over to our ‘Get Involved’ section to ‘share your voice’ and let me know some of your reactions to the documentary.
 
I’d like to give a huge thank you to Bonnie Violet for joining me for today’s conversation and would encourage you to check out today’s show notes to find all the links and details on where you can catch up with and learn more about Bonnie.
 
I think Bonnie said it best when she said “Don’t pray for me not to be trans. Don’t pray for me not to be gay. Pray for me to get closer to God.”
Bonnie Violet pray for me

Imagine the world we could live in 

Imagine what our world could be if we didn’t ask people to change. Imagine what our world could be if we honoured the individuality that God designed into each of us. Imagine what our world could be if we helped and encouraged each other to go deeper within, to discover how beautiful they already are, instead of teaching people to Pray Away.
 

Coming up next episode

Thank you for joining us today and I look forward to connecting in two weeks time for our next story episode. In S02E05 I made the big decision to JUMP while in Peru. In S02E07 I’m putting my decision to attend an in-patient trauma-informed rehab facility into action. It’s time for an uncomfortable conversation with my parents and with my employer to share that I need to take time away to heal.
 

You are designed to thrive

Before we go, I want to remind you of how loved you are by God. You were designed as a perfectly unique expression of love. You were designed to thrive. You were designed to experience all the many aspects of the human experience. You were designed to love, because you are love.
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