American Idol alumnus David Archuleta has entered the LGBTQIA + community and talks about his experience of reconciling his Mormon faith and his sexuality.
“I love staying to myself, but I also thought it was important to share because I know so many other religious educated people feel the same,” Archuleta wrote in a heartfelt Instagram post. “I’ve been open to myself and my close family for a few years now that I’m not sure about my own sexuality.”
Archuleta went on to explain that he initially revealed his homosexuality to his family in 2014, but has since become uncertain of his exact position on the sexuality spectrum.
“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 wrote. “Then I also learned that I don’t have too many sexual desires and urges like most people, which works, I guess, because I am committed to saving myself until marriage. What people call asexual when they are not having sex drive.
Archuleta further shared that he believes it is important to open up to his fans about his sexuality, in case it could help those with the same uncertainty – especially religious people like him.
“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 are going through that. make them feel isolated and alone who are represented) who struggle to follow their beliefs which are so important to them just like me, “Archuleta said.” 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. . “
He also encouraged other Christians and members of the Mormon Church to better accept those who identify as LGBTQIA +, saying that “you can be a part of the LGBTQIA + community while believing in God and His evangelical plan.”
“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 than you might think going through this struggle after all the misunderstandings that come with it, ”Archuleta wrote. “I don’t think it should come down to the 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 I needed to raise more awareness among people in my same situation and let you know that you are not alone.
Archuleta continued in the comments to her post, further detailing her own journey towards self-acceptance and asking others to keep an open mind.
“For people who don’t really understand how feelings other than 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 do. cannot live and understand yourself, ”Archuleta wrote. “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.
Read Archuleta’s full post below.