Randy Thomas is a writer, speaker, LGBT+ advocate and the President of Thrive LGBT+. However, his favorite titles are “Uncle Silly” to his amazing nieces, “Fairy Godmother” to his partner’s fantastic and full of life daughter, and the “Partner” of Mr. Dan Scobey.
Randy is a Christian who also happens to be gay. His story of coming out, twice in life reveals the struggle of coming to terms with being a gay man of faith. In his former career as the last Executive Vice President of Exodus International, he contributed to several books and was featured in a full-page ad in The Los Angeles Times, as well as Chuck Colson’s book The Good Life, and in media outlets around the world. Of course, that was from his past ex-gay perspective that he no longer promotes or encourages. He is now supportive of efforts to end conversion therapy for minors speaks strongly against efforts to “change” a person’s sexual orientation.
Randy came out again on January 12th, 2015 after 21 years in the ex-gay world (1992 – 2013, when we shut down Exodus.) It’s not been the easiest transition but he states, “I feel freer than I ever have before!” Today, Randy rejoices in the open doors that grace unlocks and enjoy experiencing the beauty and image of God in every person I have the good fortune to meet.
Today Randy lives with his Partner Dan and Dan’s daughter in Orlando, Florida.
Personal note: Right now I am focusing all my writing and creative energy on Thrive LGBT+. However, you can find me on social media, or message me confidentially. I’d love to hear about your inspiration, your story, and passion.