Singer-songwriter David Archuleta revealed on Saturday that he is part of the LGBTQIA + community, explaining how he grapples with his gender identity, in relation to his Mormon faith.
“I’ve been open to myself and my close family for a few years now that I’m not sure about my own sexuality,” the former American Idol the finalist said in a post shared on Instagram. “I came out in 2014 as gay for my family. But then I had similar feelings for both sexes, so maybe a spectrum of bisexuals. “
Archuleta went on to say that he also identified in some ways with people who identify as asexual, asking for “more understanding” and compassion from those who have not had to reconcile their sexuality and their faith. “There are people who have the same feeling of being LGBTQIA +… who struggle to follow their beliefs that are so important to them, just like me,” he wrote. “I don’t know what to think and I don’t have all the answers. I simply invite you to consider making room to be more understanding and compassionate towards those who are LGBTQIA +, and those who are part of this community and are trying to find that balance with their faith which is also an important part of their identity. like me. . “
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Archuleta is perhaps best known for finishing in second place in the seventh season of American idol. Since then, however, he has released eight studio albums, his most recent being of 2020. Therapy sessions. During his career he also appeared as himself in a number of television series including iCarly, Hannah montana and Tosh.0.
Archuleta’s full statement and Instagram post can be found below:
I love to stay for myself, but I also thought it was important to share because I know so many other people with religious upbringing feel the same way. I’ve been open to myself and my close family for a few years now that I’m not sure about my own sexuality. I came out in 2014 as gay for my family. But then I had similar feelings for both sexes, so maybe a spectrum of bisexuals. Then I also learned that I don’t have too many sexual desires and impulses like most people, which works, I guess, as I am committed to saving myself until marriage. What people call asexual when they are not having a sex drive. There are people who have the same feelings of being LGBTQIA +, (I know that’s a lot of letters that a lot of people don’t understand, but there are a lot of unique experiences that people have and live that make them. feeling isolated and alone who are represented) who struggle to follow their beliefs that are so important to them, just like me. I don’t know what to think and I don’t have all the answers. I simply invite you to consider making room to be more understanding and compassionate towards those who are LGBTQIA +, and those who are part of this community and are trying to find that balance with their faith which is also an important part of their identity. like me. . I think we can do better as people of faith and Christians, including Latter-day Saints, to listen more to the struggle between being LGBTQIA + and a person of faith. There is more to going through this struggle than you might think after all the misunderstandings that come with it. I don’t think it should all come down to feeling that you have to come to terms with one or the other. For me, finding peace, the reality has been accepting that both are real things that I experience and that I make who I am. I haven’t figured out what this means yet, but thank you for listening to this personal matter. Again, I don’t feel comfortable sharing it, but I felt the need to raise more awareness among people in my same situation and let you know that you are not alone. You can be part of the LGBTQIA + community and still believe in God and his evangelical plan… (continued in the comments)
For people who don’t really understand how feelings outside of just being straight can be possible and okay, I beg you to be more understanding of people who live and struggle with things that you can’t. not live and understand yourself. I tried for almost 20 years trying to change myself until I realized that God made me who I am for a purpose. And instead of hating what I saw as wrong, I need to see why God loved me for who I am and that it’s not just sexuality. So many other traits of who I am come from how I was created. If other people choose to live differently from what you have been raised to believe, have compassion, as it has likely been an exhausting journey for them to be okay with the feelings they have and what they could never change. Idk if they weren’t meant to be trying to change the way they were created to be. Even though you still have so many questions about faith and sexuality like me, I believe that being open to both questions and to faith is how we get answers. God blesses those who ask. So let’s keep asking and seeking, and having compassion and patience. Thank you for your attention.