I grew up with the same religious teachings but have changed what I believe. I know are a beautiful, perfect child of God and can still love who you love, be who you are, and that you never have to try do be or do anything else. God loves you exactly as you are, and you are an incredible soul. The church has done great damage to the LGBTQIA+ community. I am so sorry. I want to be an ally who recognizes and apologizes for the wreckage the church has left in its wake and remind you that you are loved by so many, right where you are. I will stand for you and fight for you.