About Amber Cantorna

Amber Cantorna is an author, speaker, blogger, musician, and leader in the movement of acceptance and inclusion for LGBTQ+ Christians.  With a passion for helping LGBTQ+ people through their coming out process, she focuses especially those that come from conservative faith communities.

Amber is the home-schooled daughter of a 30-year executive at Focus on the Family and grew up entrenched in the values that the organization embodies while her conservative Christian parents worked hard to protect her from the outside world. But when Amber came out as gay in 2012, she shattered the perfect persona that her family strove to uphold. As a result, she lost everything, and her world forever changed.

Amber and her wife, Clara, were married in 2014 and Amber now dedicates her time to writing, speaking, educating, and sharing her story in order to bring hope to other LGBTQ+ people of faith. She is the author of “Unashamed: A Coming-Out Guide for LGBTQ Christians” (WJK Press, 2019) and “Refocusing My Family: Coming Out, Being Cast Out, and Discovering the True Love of God” (Fortress Press, 2017). 

At her core, Amber is passionate about dissolving shame, fostering self acceptance, and generating messages of hope for LGBTQ+ people. With compassion that comes from experience, Amber strives to help other LGBTQ+ people reconcile their faith with their sexuality. She also desires to create conversations for change among the families, friends, and loved ones of LGBTQ+ people in order to guide them towards a place of full acceptance and inclusion.

Amber’s variety of experience has led her to speak across the country at conferences, universities, churches, community groups, leadership gatherings, company organizations, and more. She often travels with her service dog, Half Pint. Being in an interracial same-sex marriage and living with an invisible disability makes Amber passionate about fighting for the equality and dignity of all people.

Amber has been featured on PBS and NPR as well as in The Denver Post, 5280 Magazine, Huffington Post, Out Front Colorado, Patheos, Believe Out Loud, and other writing mediums. 

In her free time, Amber enjoys trying new things and loves to spend time in the mountains. She also enjoys reading in front of the fire, traveling with her wife, and hearing other people’s stories over coffee. 

To book Amber for one of your upcoming events, please visit the Contact page and submit a request.


Updated 1-30-19