I had no idea there was such a strong support line for ex Jehovah's Witnesses. I was raised from birth as a JW, son of the presiding overseer in my congregation. I was groomed for "great works" according to the elders, and started giving my own talks at the age of 8. My father died when I was 9, and I think that if he hadn't I would still be a witness today. I continued serving, but as I came into myself found many problems with the organization. But as any who were raised JW know, it's hard to see the religion as anything other than the truth. I stuck around but stopped going out in field service and avoided the questions of "when will you be baptized" for as long as I could. I knew I would lose my entire family ( all JWs ) if I left, but as life went on I realized I couldn't do it anymore. I eased myself out, and was never officially disfellowshipped. Probly only because I never admitted to my family that I'm gay. Now I'm 23, happily in college, and still being harassed by family and JWs.
But anyways, I wanted to make ties with as many people as I can. For one, I wondered how many other people there are who left because they are gay. It would be interesting to talk with others who had the same experiences.
I'm 23 now, and getting a master's in Anthropology and Religion. I always wanted to search the history of the religion and it looks like I'm in the right place. I'm currently doing a report on the origins of JWs, and am focusing on Charles Taze Russell. There's so much they never told us!
Anyways, I haven't explored the site much yet, I was just very excited when I stumbled upon it. Either way, I'd appreciate feedback and I thank all in advance.