Amber Cantorna, founder of Beyond—a nonprofit organization that supports LGBTQ people through their coming-out process—shares her personal story of hope and survival.
As the daughter of a Focus on the Family executive, Amber Cantorna grew up homeschooled by parents who seemed to model the group's conservative Christian values. In 2012, after struggling for years with the fear of rejection, Amber came out to her family as gay. That transparency cost her everything. She says, "I did not dream that I would be married to a woman and that my dad's position at Focus would divide me from my family rather than keep us focused on it—but that's what happened."
In her book Refocusing My Family: Coming Out, Being Cast Out, and Discovering the True Love of God
, Amber recalls a happy childhood in a family that outwardly seemed perfect, but a dark side emerged as she struggled under the weight of perfectionism, reputation, and appearances. Amber tells of her journey of self-discovery and exposes the dark truths of how the values of Focus on the Family tore her family apart. Ultimately, her struggle was transformed into freedom when she boldly stepped into her identity and discovered that the true love of God surpasses all.
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AMBER CANTORNA is the author of Refocusing My Family
and the founder of Beyond, a nonprofit organization that supports LGBTQ people through their coming-out process. She's a sought-after speaker and musician, and blogs at AmberCantorna.com