More on the story of Tonex, the Stellar Award-winning gospel singer/songwriter and minister who recently confirmed his long-rumored sexuality becoming the first to do so in black gospel music and shattering its well-guarded glass closet doors. Tonex addresses his critics in a new video interview with Atlanta-based blogger and activist Darian Aaron.
Tonex says: "Every person has to come to terms with their own self in their own time. I still am. Day by day I am getting 'deprogrammed' by someone's else's second-hand information or someone's archaic interpretation. I'm just getting to know God for myself and know that He loves me, I am able to be free of who I am as a person."
Tonex says the black church and gospel industry are "full" of gay men and responds to the so-called Christians who called him derogatory names, such as gospel singer Deitrick Haddon : "Now, officially, I am a grown azz man. You can't be a 'sissy' or a 'punk' when you're being honest. That says a whole lot about the person. ... Everyone in the church isn't being honest."
The San Diego-based minister adds that many church folk are "no longer speaking" to him but he is getting support from many others. Darian adds: "I believe his story has the ability to empower the black LGBT community or anyone who identifies as LGBT and is struggling to reconcile their sexuality with their faith."
Here, here. Too bad so many others in the black church will not preach or cannot hear that same message. PART ONE of the three part interview, WHEN YOU JUMP. Full interview at LOLDARIAN.