“The Church’s teaching was the reason that I lived in so much shame and isolation and pain for all those years. But rather than abandon it and say it’s broken, I want to be part of the change,” she told The Independent.
Beeching still relies on royalties from her worship music to make a living, and she wrote in April that speaking out about LGBT rights is costing her. “As a result of raising my voice to support equal marriage, I’ve received lots of messages from conservative American churches saying they will ‘boycott my songs.’ If they don’t get sung in the mega-churches of North America, my royalties basically stop.”
In recent years, a handful of Christian artists have come out as gay, including Ray Boltz, gospel singer Tonéx, and most famously, Jennifer Knapp, who described her hiatus from Christian music and her decision to come out in an interview with CT. CT covered the resulting debate as well as how Christian retail and radio responded. Knapp is releasing a book about her story, focusing on her faith and sexuality, in the fall.