“Mississippi Queen”

From the Jackson Clarion Ledger:

She came out during her senior year of high school. Paige Williams acknowledged she was gay, and her devoutly religious parents were devastated.

It took more than three years for their fractured relationship to begin to heal, and now they all deal with the issue publicly, albeit different avenues.

Paige Williams, a Montana filmmaker, created a documentary called Mississippi Queen that tells her coming out story and her parents’ transformation.

Her parents, in turn, sought solace through an organization called Exodus International. Although designed to “liberate people from homosexuality,” Judy Williams, Paige’s mother, said the organization taught her empathy, understanding and unconditional love. It’s a message she and husband Jerry hope to impart as co-directors of Restoration Grace, an upcoming seminar at Morrison Heights Baptist Church.

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