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Amber Cantorna was a home-schooled child raised in a conservative Christian family. But her father wasn’t merely a believer. He’s spent 30 years as an executive at Focus on the Family, the ministry founded by James Dobson and known as one of the most anti-LGBTQ groups out there.
All of that became a problem when Amber came out as gay, a pivotal moment in her life which she writes about in her forthcoming memoir Refocusing My Family.
We spoke about how her relationship with her family changed after coming out, why she still believes in God, and why taking off her purity ring marked a new beginning.
Amber’s organization, which helps LGBTQ+ people from conservative backgrounds, is called Beyond.