“I called the bishop a prick…In that moment I claimed myself”
And that's when it all really started!
Chris Davis is out and proud as a lesbian after being married to a kind man for nearly 25 years. She left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) after 38 years of faithful devotion. And now she is coming out as a published author of her own memoir, soon to be released in 2022!
Strength In Numbers
Like so many others Chris Davis found her community and found the comfort that came along with it. Chris found her community within the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-Day Saint. However, it took her youngest child coming out for her to realize the strength and power that she possessed all along.
“In That Moment I claimed Myself”
Life is complicated, but some things are simple. When Chris's youngest child came out as Transgender it was clear that she and her child would not be welcome in their church community. For Chris, this decision was painful but simple. She would have to leave the church and, thus, the only community she had ever really known.
The secrets we keep
Chris’s child knew that they were trans for some time but held back in their coming out journey to protect their mom. As soon as Chris’s child took the brave leap to come out Chris found no other option but to choose her child over the assumed safety and comfort of the church. But the surprises and reveal secrets weren't over yet.
Inspiration from strange places
Looking back, Chris is able to say that she always knew she was a lesbian. But in her community, being LGBTQ simply was not an option. After seeing her child bravely speak their truth, she felt inspired to do the same.
But coming out meant a lot of things for Chris. Up to that point, she had never had a career, she had no income and very little support. But it was time to make the brave leap. So, living off of a savings account, Chris made the decision to leave her husband and start her new journey as a part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Chris's story is of the truest, deepest kind of love … Both of our children and ourselves.