“The Time Is Now” Jason And deMarco’s Message Of The Transcendence Of Love Comes To Richmond Tomorrow
Photographer Alix Smith
Gay Christian singing act Jason and deMarco, comprised of partners of over a decade Jason Warner and deMarco DeCiccio, are performing at Metropolitan Community Church tonight, and they hope to continue to not just posit that their faith and their sexuality are compatible, but rather demonstrate through their own salient joy that their faith and their love for each other don’t coexist in coincidence.
“[the church] hasn’t always been on the forefront of progress” Jason told me, describing how “the moral arc of history always favors justice” and that, in these times of cautiously optimistic progress, showing people that to be out and proud about your sexuality alongside your spirituality is immensely empowering.
Let’s face it, a successful gay Christian act was as bound to inspire as it was to cause a stir. The couple’s music over the past 12 years has done that, but not only by simply existing.
Their experience raising children, being a successful touring act and being generally joyful humans together is an inspiration to people of faith who are struggling to find their path to coming out, especially to their children.
One would surmise that there may be out LGBTQ individuals who are struggling to find a way to express their spiritual faith as well, and Jason and deMarco should be an inspiration to them.They sing about spirituality and love, but the speak about saving lives (and hoping to do so).
They continuously use their success and personal stories to reach out to LGBTQ youth, promoting things like The Trevor Project, which is the only nationwide suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ and questioning youth.
deCiccio is currently working on a book on gay surrogate parenting, and they are writing a new album after the books release. They are extremely active in spreading the message that spiritual paths are supposed to bring people together, not apart, and I for one believe they are helping save lives.
It was good to hear that over the years the perceived incompatibility of their message has dwindled compared to the meteoric rise in support for the duo. Jason described to me how, at the groups conception, there was one gay friendly church, compared to the “thousands” out there now.
One can’t help but think they played/are playing a part in bringing Christian music and spirituality to the forefront of LGBTQ progress, evidenced by their experience over the years. One of the aforementioned gay-freindly churches is the Metropolitan Community Church of Richmond (2501 Park Ave) and you can check out them and their message tonight there at 7pm.
“Society makes it very hard to be a queer youth.”July 26, 2016
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