Church Burns: Healing the Black Gay Experience


  • Shamont Hussey San Francisco State University


The author of this narrative is a 30-year-old, black, gay man. This narrative is a reflection on his experience developing and defining his own sense of self and identity, while being shaped by family, church community, and environment. Sharing personal experiences promotes a better understanding for the relationship between the black church and the black queer community. As background to his personal experience, this narrative offers a brief historical context of the black church. The church is foundational in the development of black culture in America, thus impacting the black queer experience and the author's "coming out" experience.


How to Cite

Hussey, S. (2014). Church Burns: Healing the Black Gay Experience. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 15(2), 49–52. Retrieved from



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