The Root Cause of Self-Harming Behavior in the LGBTQI Community

Cutting, drug-abuse, suicide. Way too often we hear the tragic story of another LGBTQI person struggling. Is there a core issue, a common reason? I believe there is. We cannot underestimate the impact of family and faith-based rejection. Of being told that you are an abomination to God, of being kicked out of homes and … Continue reading The Root Cause of Self-Harming Behavior in the LGBTQI Community

Would You Rather Have a Gay Child or a Dead Child?

I am sorry if the title of this post shocks you, or strikes you as harsh or over-dramatic. But honestly, parents don’t realize what they’re asking of their LGBTQI kids. And they don't realize what their rejection is doing to them. This is not about inclusion. This is a matter of life and death. By … Continue reading Would You Rather Have a Gay Child or a Dead Child?

A Letter from Susan

In our post yesterday, we reminded you of our new FreedHearts website. I sure hope you visit us. I wanted to write a personal letter here on our WordPress blog - just to share my heart, my vision and my hope. If you are in the evangelical church, or if you are in the LGBTQ … Continue reading A Letter from Susan

NEW Website, Books and Resources!

We wanted to let you know that all the information about FreedHearts, details of Susan Cottrell's books, other key programs, and all of our resources are now located at our new website! Visit the main Susan Cottrell FreedHearts website at: http://freedhearts.org Email us at freedhearts@gmail.com Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 8161, Austin, TX 78713-8161

Let’s Not Go Through This Alone

"Depression is anger without the excitement.” - Mike Wells Depression is anger turned inward… it is anger that has no means of expression… it comes when there is no hope. The tragedy of suicide (whatever variables may be involved) has one underlying current: that person has lost hope. To lose hope is to see no … Continue reading Let’s Not Go Through This Alone

Moms & Dads… What The Heck Are We Doing?!?

Well, my heart is broken. Yet another mom has emailed me that their daughter came out to them as gay, and her husband, the girl’s father, kicked her out. Dad said, “I don’t agree with her lifestyle; she will have to leave.” (Bear in mind there was no 'acting on this' yet, no “lifestyle” – … Continue reading Moms & Dads… What The Heck Are We Doing?!?

Do You Believe There’s Help to Cry For?

The first time Wentworth Miller tried to kill himself, he was 15. Fifteen. An age when your whole life is before you, when you know that soon you'll be out on your own to chase those dreams that lead you further into who you were meant to be! Yet, it's still not quite within reach. How hopeless … Continue reading Do You Believe There’s Help to Cry For?