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Atlanta-based writer shares story of growing up Southern Baptist and gay


He is an Alabama-born Southern Baptist son of a preacher and he is gay.

Somehow, he knew there were moments in his life that needed to be preserved. So in 2007, Trapp began writing his story down. In 2016, he decided to share it with the world.

In 44 installments on Facebook, Trapp told his story of growing up gay and Christian and all of the heartbreak and hope that came with it.

More than 50,000 people tuned in and before he knew it, Blue Babies Pink : a 44-episode Southern Coming Out Story , had gone viral.

Trapp, 35, now a resident of Atlanta, is touring the country on a "Bookless" tour for his series.

On Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m., he appears at Ponce City Market. Admission is free, but does require a ticket which can be reserved here .

Trapp will also travel to Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Ill.; Birmingham, Ala.; and his hometown of Florence, Ala. in the hopes of connecting with as many Blue Babies Pink readers as possible.

Readers came to refer to his daily posts as the "Netflix of blogs," and they enjoyed Trapp's colorful writing and visually rich images. In each episode, he would reveal details of his life ranging from the religious practices of his Southern Baptist family to the day he heard a friend say something about gay people that he would never forget.

Trapp wondered if God could make him straight, he shared with readers his story of coming out to friends and family and he discussed how he devised a plan to be both Christian and gay.

Trapp says his story resonates to straight people trying to understand their LGBT friends, closeted gay people of faith, Christians trying to love their gay friends while staying true to scripture, parents of gay children and anyone who just likes to read a good story.


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Nedra Rhone has been a features reporter with the AJC for 10 years. She’s written about everything from fashion to food to news.