A Christian publisher has dropped a young Evangelical author after he came out as gay.
Brandan Robertson, 22, was told his contract was canceled out of concern that Christian retailers would not buy his book because of his LGBTI advocacy.
The Evangelicals for Marriage Equality spokesperson signed a deal with Destiny Images before he publicly came out in January.
Within hours of submitting his manuscript later that month, he received an email from a communications specialist at Destiny, Mykela Krieg.
‘Since you’ve been receiving more media attention over the past few months, we’ve had some questions/concerns arise from our buyers,’ she said.
Robertson said as soon as read those words, a knot formed in his stomach.
‘I immediately knew that the problem was going to be with my very vocal support of LGBTQ equality and inclusion in the church. Unfortunately, I was right,’ he told Time magazine.
‘I am at a frustrated point, not for my book, but this is so symptomatic of what happens in the broader evangelical community — every day, LGBTQ individuals are told that they are no longer welcome in churches, are kicked out of homes, are fired from jobs, and forced in to reparative therapy by those who claim to represent Jesus.’