"Gay Christian Rock Star Schools Homophobic Pastor On Live TV"
Christian rock star Vicky Beeching made headlines this week when she announced publicly that she identifies as lesbian in a profile by The Independent. Beeching has spent her 35 years resisting the shame imposed by the Church, but finally found a way to resolve her Christian beliefs with her sexuality, concluding, “I feel certain God loves me just the way I am.” As to the Church, she said that “rather than abandon it and say it’s broken, I want to be part of the change.”
In one of her first interviews since her announcement, Britain’s Channel 4 News put Beeching face-to-face with Scott Lively, the homophobic Massachusetts evangelist who has advocated for the anti-homosexuality policies that have been advancing in countries like Uganda and Russia. Lively opened by saying that he is “very sorry to hear that she has given in to the lie that she is a homosexual instead of continuing to try to overcome the challenge that is in her life.”
Beeching, who is pursuing a PhD in theology, did not tolerate Lively’s Biblical interpretations. When he asserted that “there’s no such thing as a gay person; it’s an identity you adopt,” she countered that not only is her sexual orientation part of her “God-wired identity,” but she called out that such teaching as been “so damaging” and can “psychologically scar people.”
When Lively then offered that she should prioritize spirituality over psychology, asking, “Don’t you care what God thinks, Becky?”, Beeching snapped back, “I do, and that’s actually why I’m taking this step today — so that young people don’t have to listen to the kind of teaching you peddle, because it damages.”
Watch the heated interview: