My name is Drew.
I like Waffle House coffee, Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, Jesus Christ and b-horror movies.
I sing in a band called On My Honor.
I spoke with #unpluggedmagazine about my blog post from December, INDTTIN and recent happenings with onmyhonorband. Thanks for speaking with me, guys! sacunplugged
“I felt inclined to say something, and actually started writing a post when I saw Mike Reynolds’ tweet saying there was no such thing as a gay Christian.” This is how Drew Justice, singer of the pop punk band On My Honor, begins explaining the reasoning for writing a reactionary blog post about being both gay and a Christian himself.
In early 2013, Reynolds, ex-guitarist of For Today, posted some controversial opinions on Twitter. With the posts on one of the most widely used social media websites, and this being a highly contentious topic, the flood gates opened and responses from every side of the argument came crashing in.
In December, you released a blog post about being gay and a Christian. Why write this now? Did you just feel inspired all the sudden, or was there more to it?
I felt inclined to say something, and actually started writing a post when I saw Mike Reynolds’ tweet saying there was no such thing as a gay Christian. This was a good while before December, and at the time I hadn’t spoken with my parents about my sexuality. Seeing the attention Reynolds’ post had gotten, I didn’t want them finding out that way, so I scrapped that. I felt that I owed them a face-to-face, family conversation on the matter before it was public domain, and that simply hadn’t happened yet.
A lot of the articles about my post referred to it as a “coming out” which isn’t exactly accurate. My band mates, family and friends had been aware for some time, many acquaintances as well, as I’ve always tried to be open with anyone who brought it up. But I remember reading his tweet and the comments about it and thinking “this could really do some damage.”