Timothy Kurek, who describes himself as a "homophobic Christian," decided to pretend he was gay for a year and write a book about his experiences (video below).
Kurek told MSNBC that he decided to try the experiment after a female friend came out of the closet: “She had just come out to her family and been brutally disowned. She had been excommunicated from her entire life and two words changed it all. Two simple words. 'I’m gay.'”
After Kurek 'came out,' he says his family was supportive: “My family was very supportive initially. They treated me with the love and respect I expected. I don’t think they quite knew how to react to having a gay family member, but, you know, that was the religious barrier there that we are all kind of captive to.”
Kurek spent time in the LGBT gay areas of Nashville, Tennessee, visiting bars, coffee shops and bookstores, reports the NY Daily News.
Kurek told MSNBC: "I will be the first one to say that my experience is severely limited. There is no way I could possibly understand what it’s like to be actually gay. And the book itself is not at all about what it is like to be gay, but only about how the label of gay impacted my external life and how those things kind of altered my faith and challenged my beliefs."
His book, 'Jesus in Drag,' will be released in October.