A storyteller and shepherd at heart, I love to gather the spiritual nomads, the wanderers, the doubters, the seekers, and especially those who have been pushed to the margins of society and/or church and bring them into a place that feels like home. I’m a national speaker, coach, and educator supporting LGBTQ+ people as they navigate their coming out process, and educating others on the importance of full inclusion.
I’m the author of Refocusing My Family and Unashamed (the first coming-out guide for LGBTQ people of faith) and have a third book on the way. I'm also the creator and host of the Unashamed Love Collective~a beautifully diverse and inclusive online community for LGBTQ+ people and allies.
Many people know me as the gay daughter of a 30+ year executive at Focus on the Family who lost everything upon coming out in 2012. My experience propelled me into a world of social justice and my heart is to help others foster self-acceptance and reconcile their faith with their sexuality so that they can live and thrive in the world without shame.
What does the coming-out process look like for LGBTQ Christians, especially when they do not feel safe, affirmed, or supported in their communities? LGBTQ Christians can be haunted by feelings of depression, despair, and thoughts of suicide as they try to reconcile their faith with their sexuality. Author and LGBTQ advocate, Amber Cantorna (Refocusing My Family), has been there before. As the daughter of a thirty-year-plus Focus on the Family executive, Cantorna was cast out of her community when she came out. However, Cantorna found acceptance and healing through her faith, and seeking out an affirming church to support her in her journey. Now as part of her work dedicated to reconnecting LGBTQ Christians with their faith, Cantorna offers her latest book, Unashamed: A Coming-Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians.