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Tens of People, Including a Pulse Survivor, Show Up at Ex-LGBT Christian Rally in Washington, D.C.

A few dozen people, including a Pulse survivor, showed up at an event called the Freedom March in Washington D.C. on Saturday, celebrating “freedom from homosexual/transgender lifestyles by the grace and power of Jesus Christ.” Reportedly, there were almost 50 people in attendance.

The event was primarily attended by former transgender, bisexual, lesbian and gay men and women. Luis Javier Ruiz, a survivor of the June 2016 massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, was one of them. Ruiz no longer identifies as gay and promoted his decision to attend the event on Facebook.

“I don’t want to tell everyone it’s a ‘gay-to-straight’ thing because God is not calling me to that,” Ruiz told NBC News. “I feel that I want to live in a life of purity. I feel that through loving Christ, he will walk me out of any situation. I love the LGBTQ community, I love my family. There’s no hate here, there’s love.”

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Jeffrey McCall

Jeffrey McCall, a former transgender rights activist and organizer of the event, shared his story as he stood before the small crowd at the National Mall and said he had left his gay identity of 12 years behind.

“Everyone has marches, all kinds of views and opinions,” McCall explains. “So I said, ‘I don’t really know about a march for people coming out of the LGBTQ [community] to follow Jesus so I want to do that.’”

McCall continues, “I want all these people to have their story told. So I said why don’t I provide an outlet for people to march and have their stories told?”

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Freedom March attendees

Daren Mehl, president of the group Voice of the Voiceless who co-sponsored the event, says he sees the event as “an opportunity for those of us who have a new life with Jesus to come together in fellowship and praise Him for the love and grace available to everyone who seeks it [and] to testify publicly of the life-changing grace available to leave the LGBT identity for something greater.”

Mehl identified as a gay man for approximately 10 years. Today, he’s married to a woman and has two children.  “I didn’t convert, as in go through a program. I saw Jesus about who I am. I found grace to Jesus to live according to my values and belief,” he said.

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Freedom March 2018

“When anyone spews hate toward another person they are clearly not operating according to the Holy Spirit,” Mehl continues. “It is extremely sad when this happens and I hope that [Christians] would be convicted of their sin and repent and reconcile with those they hurt.”

After a rally, the ex-LGBT activists marched from the National Mall to the White House, drawing an audience with chants like, “Freedom in Christ, it’s so nice.”

Video from yesterday’s Freedom March:

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