COLUMBUS, Ohio — A self-identifying Christian rock band whose lead singer came out as homosexual this week and was applauded by several other professing Christian musicians, has now announced that it will be performing at a festival this month celebrating “gay pride.”
Everyday Sunday’s Trey Pearson, 35, released a letter to fans on Monday to explain that he had been struggling with feelings for the same gender for the past 20 years and recently decided to no longer stifle the struggle. The band is known for its songs “Find Me Tonight,” “Wake Up! Wake Up!” and “Best Night of Our Lives.”
“I had never before admitted to myself that I was gay, let alone to anyone else. I never wanted to be gay,” he wrote. “I was scared of what God would think and what all of these people I loved would think about me; so it never was an option for me. I have been suppressing these attractions and feelings since adolescence.”
Pearson, who has a wife and two young children, said that he has come to believe that he was wrong for subduing his emotions.
“But I have also come to realize a lot of time has passed in my life pushing away, blocking out and not dealing with real feelings going on inside of me. I have tried not to be gay for more than 20 years of my life,” he stated. “Trying not to be gay, has only led to a desire for intimacy in friendships which pushed friends away, and it has resulted in a marriage where I couldn’t love or satisfy my wife in a way that she needed.”
Pearson also told fans that he does not believe that he will ever change, and is now trying to sort through how to only be friends with his wife and yet co-parent their children.
“I am never going to be able to change how I am, and no matter how healthy our relationship becomes, it’s never going to change what I know deep down: that I am gay,” he wrote. “Lauren has been the most supportive, understanding, loving and gracious person I could ever ask for, as I have come to face this. And now I am trying to figure out how to co-parent while being her friend, and how to raise our children.”
The Everyday Sunday frontman also remarked that in coming out, “I’m taking another step into health and wholeness by accepting myself, and every part of me. It’s not only an idea for me that I’m gay; It’s my life.”
He told Religion News Service this week that he has studied the Scriptures and does not believe that they prohibit homosexuality.
Moral law in Leviticus 18:22 declares, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind: it is abomination.”
Romans 1:26-27 reads, “For this cause, God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another: men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.”
Jesus also said in Mark 10:6-8, “But from the beginning of the Creation God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, and they twain shall be one flesh.”
“There is absolutely no conflict with accepting who I am and following Jesus,” Pearson said. “God wants me to be healthy, authentic, whole, integrated and my truest self.”
Several professing Christian artists quickly applauded Pearson online, with Nichole Nordeman Tweeting, “Sending you lots of love today, Trey,” and worship artist Vicky Beeching, who came out as a lesbian in 2014, writing, “Deeply impressed by the courage of American Christian musician @treypearson as he takes the brave step to come out.”
Singer Clay Aiken, who came out as homosexual in 2008, also praised Pearson, posting, “Moving and honest! And a powerful example to many who are in the same place. Congratulations @treypearson #Godislove.”
On Thursday, Everyday Sunday announced that it will be performing at the Stonewall Columbus Pride Festival on June 17.
“Just Announced: Columbus, OH – Jun 17 at Pride Festival” it Tweeted. The band’s upcoming performance is also posted on the event website amidst acts such as disGrace, Auda Beaux Di and Mojoflo.
Pearson said that he now wants to be a voice for “gay Christians,” and is scheduled to perform at the Christian-billed Wild Goose Festival in North Carolina in July. Event organizers are supportive of homosexuality and transgenderism.
Pearson is scheduled to appear on “The View” on Friday.