Scott Gronholz, a pastor for Beloved Arise, cohosts a weekly podcast. He sits here with his cohost Mace Mooney, right, and 18-year old Dante Hagen, who was involved with Beloved Arise from its start.

Jessika Sessoms grew up in a conservative Black evangelical family, attended Christian schools and often heard that being gay was an abomination, until she understood that she was queer while studying to become a missionary.

The 23-year-old from Florida came out publicly last year and has found healing and a sense of community after joining Beloved Arise, a Christian nonprofit dedicated to celebrating and empowering LGBTQ youth of faith.

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I'm not certain that the LBJTQ community is neccesarily the issue. We should love them as Christ loves us, but that doesn't indicate that the behavior is Biblical or accepted as OK by God. We need to to focus on and get our direction from God's Word, not opinions or feelings. 1 John:9: "If we claim to have fellowship with himand yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not tell the truth."

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