About Me

First: About This Blog

This blog was created to tell the story…our story…of how God taught us, conservative, evangelical parents, how to TRULY love our gay son. The original Just Because He Breathes piece was written in December 2012 at the request of a small group of LGBT students at a conservative Christian university…it was never intended for a larger audience, but that is what happened.

That said – Back to About Me

I love people.

I feel extremely passionate about justice & equality for all people, because all people are children of God, created in His image.

I feel most at home spending time with other people who are messy and broken like me. I feel passionate about speaking up for the voiceless and advocating for those who are most vulnerable.

I think that it is easy to judge others until you face a situation yourself…I want to be very cautious about this in my own life. Analyzing, and blogging about, other peoples’ lives, has become a spectator sport…and I don’t want to play.

I like to have friends with people who are different than me. They challenge me and stretch my thinking. They teach me about experiences, perspectives & histories that I wouldn’t be aware of if I only spent time with people just like me. I value and respect the differing opinions of others.

I want to continually allow God to change me…making me aware of the areas in my life where I need to allow Him inside to do renovation work. I never want to stop learning. If I ever do, please, someone, hit me upside the head.

I am the blessed mom of four adult children. I truly loved the years we spent as busy parents of four children born within 5 years and just a couple of months…those were probably the most delightful, busy, challenging, rewarding and least boring years of our lives.

I am overwhelmed with gratitude that my best friend, lover, soul mate and husband walks the journey of this life with me, and makes every day of these empty-nest years more fun than the last. Rob, I love you..I love you…I love you. Each day I am amazed at how I seem to only love and appreciate you more.

June 2013


 

 

392 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Lucy

    I’m a 19 y/o lesbian who has struggled to reconcile my faith and my desire for a happy, romantic relationship. I would love to have a wife one day, and a family, but for a while I was convinced I would not be able to. In fact, I’m still struggling, and have not attended church in nearly a year, because I believe I am unworthy and unwanted. This blog gives me hope, thank you.

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  2. Stephanie Palmer

    I would love to contact you somehow. Maybe Facebook?? My name is Stephanie Palmer. I can’t thank you enough for this post. I’ve read it so many times, and I cry every single time.

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      1. Lisa Donner

        Linda, thank you so much for sharing your story. I am so moved by this and I am now crying at work. My company is currently trying to make a documentary about the need to end conversion and reparative therapy. I was wondering if you would be willing to speak with us about this subject? I would so appreciate your time. You can call our office at 818-905-6660. God bless you and your family, and I’m so sorry for your loss.

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  3. Paul

    Linda I read your story and my heart goes out to you.. It made me cry a lot because I had a similar situation with christians bashing me and hating on me for being gay.. It has rocked my faith to the core and made me bitter and angry towards the church as a whole.. I meet and married the love of my life, he is my best friend and soul mate and I thank God for him everyday. Unfortunately there has been a huge backlash and my heart is bleeding out.. It has really made me hate myself with what the church has been doing to me.. Could you possible add me on FB? My full name is: Paul Castillon. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/paul.castillon.5 Thank you again for your story.. It has helped me a lot and I am so sorry again for your loss. BIG HUGS!

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    1. Linda Robertson Post author

      Heavy sigh…what a heartbreak, Paul, that you are STILL enduring this in 2018…the traditional church has it so very wrong on this issue.
      I’d love to recommend some books for you to read…and some other ways to connect with gay Christians so you can receive support, understanding and support.
      Last thing – I am hardly ever on FB (though I did just follow your link but found that you have the “add friend” option disabled), but feel free to friend me at: https://www.facebook.com/LindaDRobertson so I can pass on those recommendations! Much love to you!!

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  4. consecratedbygod

    I have just recently been told by two of my teens in a month time span. I have always believed the scriptures to say it was not Gods design . I love them no matter what but I am seeking God on how to really so this and honor him. A friend led me to your blog. Wow what a heart breaking journey your family has been on. Thank you for standing up for your son and speaking up to save more lives and help more families.

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  5. Anonymous

    Linda and Rob-

    Thank you much for sharing your family’s story. I’m actually from the Eastside (grew up going to church in Woodinville, did Awanas at Overlake, now attend church in the Snoqualmie valley when I’m home), and I remember hearing about Ryan’s story through word of mouth at the time but had no idea the profoundness of his story, just that he was very much loved by his family and his community at large. I came across the rest of your story through the youtube video of your talk at the Reformation Project and then the video of your talk at Eastlake and I was incredibly touched.

    As a relatively young gay Christian who hasn’t yet come out to my conservative (by West coast standards, anyways) family, I just want to thank you for sharing your story and your heart. It gives me hope for myself as well as for my family.

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    1. Linda Robertson Post author

      Wow…what an encouragement this is! We would love to meet you…though we don’t use Facebook much anymore, you can still find me and message me there, if you’d ever like to connect when you are in town (Linda Mueller Robertson). Much love to you, new friend!

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      1. Tad

        Dear Linda and Rob,

        Thank you for sharing your journey. Our daughter came out many years ago and we have always supported her and gave her unconditional love. We have always been concerned for her through a few tumultuous relationships and now has met someone that she is in love with. Her partner feeling “old fashioned” (her words) reached out to us with a touching letter, asking us for our daughter’s hand in marriage. There is no question of our positive and loving response, but this has raised some doubts and fears that my wife is having difficulty coming to terms with. We are looking for access to information and counseling to help us move forward.

        Blessing to you and your family and again thank you for sharing.

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        1. Linda Robertson Post author

          You sound like wonderful parents, Tad…and I so respect your honesty. You’ll be so much more able to fully participate in the joy of their marriage if you are able to fully process all of the emotions that are coming up for both of you. I’ll send you a note with some info about support!

  6. Michelle Oxley

    I am living your story. My son has not passed but is using drugs , alcohol, drove drunk and wrecked at 60 MPH, almost fatally injured. Im waiting for another phone call. The first phone call they didn’t tell us if he had survived because they didn’t know by the time we arrived what the answer would be. he is in pain and numbing it however he can, He is depressed and lost and telling him I love him isn’t enough. Living in terror and fear and worry and grief has broken my heart and sloes my hope. I just have no one to help or guide me through this. I am a strong person that has been through a lot, but this is my boy, I’m weary and worn.

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  7. George

    First, I want to say how sorry I am that you lost your child. No parent should have to to through that. Second, i would love to talk with you. I need to talk with someone who can just listen and offer advice. Is there a way I could privately give you my number? My wife and I have two boys 19 & 21. 5 years ago our oldest came out when he was 16. This completely devastated us. My wife and I both committed our lives to Christ before we were married and raised both boys in the church. So, when our son came out he also stopped going to church. He said God can’t be real because the church preaches against homosexuality and he also prayed for God to remove his sexual desire towards males. Since God didn’t do that he must not be real and our son is resentful towards us for raising him as a Christian. He feels we should have left the church with him. This has been harder on my wife than me. I’m more open minded especially because my younger brother is gay and I saw the torment and anguish he went through as a young man back in the 80″s when being gay wasn’t as accepted as it is now. My family had to live through, fortunately, failed suicide attempts because my brother didn’t think he was normal. That there was something wrong with him. He is a healthy adult now but only after he was lovingly accepted by our family after coming out. Sorry, back to our son. After he came out he shared that he had contemplated suicide because he didn’t know how to tell us. I feel guilty that we raised him in a house and church that looked at homosexuality as a sin, as an abomination. We have come a long way. We habe both accpeted him and love him unconditionally. We still attend our church. Which he doesn’t understand why. I feel that I am ready to be in a place where you and Rob are, but my wife, even though she loves our son still feels that he is sinning against God, and that the reason he’s mad at and rejecting God is because he refuses to submit his will to God. I love my wife but we don’t see eye to eye on this and I don’t know who to talk to, but I need to talk with someone.

    Thank you for listening. Can you email me if possible?

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    1. Nathan AM Smith

      Hey, George.

      Sorry for barging in on your comment here. Thank you for sharing this. I can only imagine what you guys have been through and are going through.

      I feel deeply for you and for your wife and for your son. I am gay myself and come from an incredibly unsupportive family (I love them deeply). I have remained a Christian through this process (not without deep anguish and struggle) even though I do believe it’s okay to be gay; but, as you can probably guess, I am in the minority here: the overwhelmingly vast majority of gay men I know have left their faith.

      It means so much to me to hear the way you are thinking about this and trying to love everyone in the middle of this extremely complicated scenario. I know you probably weren’t thinking about talking with a gay Christian millennial when you left this comment, but I’d absolutely love to hear your heart here and offer and advice or support that I can. In addition to being gay and a Christian myself and all that, I’ve received three years of training so far for my MA in Counselling, so I am also very qualified and eager to help. This is really one of my passion areas.

      If that interests you (or anyone reading this, for that matter!) please feel free to head over to my site (https://themythofprometheus.wordpress.com/contact/) and drop me a message and I’ll email you back.

      Either way, I am praying over you and your situation right now.

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