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Below you will find out all about our first time at the gay erotica show. I was so bummed I could not make it as I had a speaking gig in Washington. Next year for sure I am there. I have received such great emails from the promoter that really encourages me and the team and also breaks our hearts because of what has been done in the past by other beleivers. Here is what he sent to me after the show.
No, thank you guys for coming! Your crew was incredibly friendly and welcoming and willing to speak with anyone and everyone. We even gave them stage time in a prime slot to promote your message. Your exposure was at it’s peak with attendees at that time because it was our fashion show time slot. All eyes were on them and I said to your guy, (I can’t remember his name sorry) that I will give them stage time as long as he doesn’t get up and say “God hates gays” or anything. And he quickly assured me that you guys were not there with a message of saving our lost condemned souls, but rather to spread God’s love. That stuck with me because religious organizations preach that only God is the true judge, yet have no problem protesting a funeral of a murdered hate crime victim for being gay. I’d say that is the ultimate form of judgement upon another human being.
Your message that he loves everyone and the fact that your determination to spread that word even in what i’m sure was the craziest and weirdest event and location your crew has witnessed shows me that you guys are doing a great and selfless thing. We would love to have you guys back next year! Please keep doing what you are doing.
P.S. The gays thought your crew was adorable, we loved them! It was a total shock to have a bible handed to you in the midst of such debauchery.
This one definatley felt different then the other porn conventions. I am normally on the defense. People are generally staring or touching me. This time I watched sam, and i think he felt the way i do at the other ones. Watching him get hit on instead of me was refreshing in a weird way. I felt a more free to speak to everyone and anyone. The funny part was if sam and were standing next to eachother handing out bibles….he finished a stack of ten before I even got out two. Being ignored over sam was different!
It’s so crazy to just stop and listen to the stories of all of these guys. A lot of them new about God’s love. They knew the stuff that you know growing up in a church. The one thing that got me is that you could tell that they had all the knowledge but didn’t feel loved because of the many stories. The stories they can tell about people hating them instead of loving them is more overwhelming.
Going to these conventions no matter which one, always makes me question the things i learned growing up. We have all carried baggage our whole lives in some way or another. For so long I have looked at homosexuality as so much worse off then the things i struggle with or others struggle with, but in reality, its not. For the most part the people i met just simply struggle with things just like the rest of us.
We are all humans that want to be loved and to love. So to catch them a little off guard and say that we were there to show some love and not just sit there and tell them all the things that they are doing wrong was kinda nice. To say “no, Jesus doesn’t love porn but, he loves you a whole lot” was great. I can only hope that a lot of them went home, opened the Jesus Loves Porn Stars bible and felt like they were worth more then many make them out to be. Going away questioning and wrestling with things you thought you knew is rewarding to me and I dont think that ever fails when I leave a convention.
Everything I expected from a gay porn convention came alive this past weekend. It’s funny cause I never understood why Rach (my wife) felt weird at the regular porn conventions. It’s not that she felt uncomfortable with being hit on, it was just the fact that she was always stared at and worried she would get touched.
I was winked at, kisses were blown at me, and my hands would get caressed before a bible was taken away.
The first time I spoke to Craig, i mentioned I was interested in film making, somehow that translated to runnning a booth at the gay porn convention.
At the end of the day, it’s all the same; guys who want love and look for it in places where they can’t find it. The bigger issues, isn’t even sexual orientation, it’s the confusion.
I am not gay, I dont know what it’s like to be attracted to dudes, this weekend I learned that there are guys who genually are attracted to guys. I dont know what to do with that.
I dont want to judge, or believe I have it figuered out. I want to join in on the mystery and rest assured that no matter what, God loves us all, and wants us to connect with him. It doesnt matter what you believe, nothing can separate you from the love of Christ, and that is something to talk about.
I will say this, everyone I talked to had some sort of connection to church/ christianity. I thought for a moment….why aren’t they connected anymore? As a body of believers, we have alot of work to do, and part of that work is making everyone feel that they are connected, not because of what they do, but because of what Christ did.
The first day of the Gay convention is a wrap! Great times. Check out the pics from the team in NYC.
My wife Rachel and Rachel Collins from Cali at the booth…
I signed up for film making….thanks Craig
Very confusing….we do not know where we are going…
If you asked me a year ago if i thought i would
be in vegas flying to newyork and lead a small group of people to share
the love of Christ at a porn convention I would have laughed…well that
time has come
We have been invited to the Gay Erotic Expo in NYC! This will be a first for XXXchurch. We are excited! The Jesus Loves Porn Stars have been shipped, NYC here we come on Oct. 10-11!
This is from the organizer of the show…
name is Matt and I manage the Gay Erotic Expo in NYC. I saw you guys at
the Exxxotica Erotica Expo in Jersey this weekend and wanted to see if
you guys are interested possibly in exhibiting at our event. I know
it’s short notice, but I have a few booths left and I think what you
guys are doing is great and that you could have a good place in our