Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2021-09-01
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Televangelist's grandson preaches acceptance at Chicago confab
by Kate Sosin, Windy City Times
2011-08-03

This article shared 3197 times since Wed Aug 3, 2011
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Randy Roberts Potts was just 7 years old when he realized something was wrong.

Potts, the grandson of famed televangelist Oral Roberts, remembered being told at a young age that homosexuality was a deadly sin.

"I always knew I was different," he said. "I knew I was attracted to men and that it was wrong as far as my family was concerned."

Potts, whose "It Gets Better" video made national headlines last year, spoke in Chicago July 30 at Bishop Carlton Pearson's Inclusion Conference, held at the Sheraton Hotel. The four-day conference was intended to embrace LGBT people into faith, rather than reject them.

Pearson started preaching under Roberts' guidance but stepped away from the late Roberts' anti-gay teachings seven years ago. He has since befriended Potts.

Potts' message on July 30 was one of self-acceptance for LGBT people of all faiths. It's a message he said he didn't get as a young person.

"I kept wishing, 'What if these things had been around when I was in high school?'" he said of his "It Gets Better" video, which chronicles his coming-out story, which contrasts that of his uncle's.

Potts' uncle, Ronald Roberts, took his own life in 1982 after struggling to reconcile his homosexuality with his religious upbringing.

Potts said that seeing news headlines about LGBT youth suicides last year and thinking about his uncle's death inspired him to put his story into an "It Gets Better" video, despite his fears.

"I literally had several panic attacks the week I put that video on YouTube," he said.

According to Potts, he has since corresponded with many young people who are ashamed of being gay. He wants young people accept and embrace their sexuality, not just tolerate it.

He said that trying to tolerate his sexuality without embracing it made him miserable, and drove him to drink in order to justify acting on his desires.

"Things can only get better when we decide to shake off these feelings of remorse and shame," he said. "We are not disgusting. We are not a sexual perversion."

Potts said his family does not support his message. He said his mother called him last fall and left a message on his answering machine, telling him that his homosexuality was disgusting. He, however, has his own pulpit these days in the form of his video, e-mails with young people and speaking engagements.

If the grandson of Oral Roberts has come to embrace being gay, he also learned to embrace a family name that once embarrassed him. Potts said that his grandfather bribed his mother to make his middle name "Roberts," in hopes that Potts would carry on his name.

"Now I am proud to use the name that he worked so hard to give to me… to tell people that it is okay to be gay," Potts said.


This article shared 3197 times since Wed Aug 3, 2011
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.


  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Congo Square Theatre Co. announces new Artistic Director Ericka Ratcliff
2021-09-20
Congo Square Theatre Company, an African American theater company, announced that longtime company member Ericka Ratcliff will serve as its new artistic director, effective immediately. Ratcliff becomes only the fourth ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Carl Bean dies, LGBT History Month, military events, Dykes on Bikes
2021-09-19
Archbishop Carl Bean—an openly gay former Motown singer, longtime AIDS activist and leader in the LGBTQ church movement—died at age 77, The New York Daily News reported. In a statement entitled "The Giant Sleeps," the Unity ...


Gay News

Former bishop who pushed for LGBTQ+ inclusion dies at 90
2021-09-19
Retired Newark Bishop John Shelby Spong—a best-selling author and cleric known for his progressive theology and his support of women and LGBTQ+ clergy in The Episcopal Church—has died at age 90, Episcopal News Service reported. "It ...


Gay News

Affirming Powerhouse Church establishes permanent home in Chicago
2021-09-18
Powerhouse Church has come a long way in a decade. Out Pastor Keith McQueen recently told Windy City Times about the church's history. "We actually started in Indianapolis in 2012, and after a series of supernatural ...


Gay News

Pope again refuses to bless same-sex marriages
2021-09-18
Pope Francis told reporters recently on a return flight from Hungary that the Catholic Church is unable to bless same-sex marriages because marriage is a divine sacrament between a man and a woman, per The Advocate. ...


Gay News

Gavin Newsom wins Calif. recall election
2021-09-15
On Sept. 14, California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom defeated a GOP-backed effort to remove him from office, media outlets reported. Speaking from Sacramento, Newsom thanked Californians for rejecting the recall effort, according to CNN.com. He also ...


Gay News

Catholic theologians urge protections for LGBTQ+ people
2021-09-14
More than 750 of the nation's leading Catholic theologians, church leaders, scholars, educators and writers have joined New Ways Ministry in voicing support for nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people, according to a New Ways press release. ...


Gay News

Britney Spears' dad petitions to end conservatorship
2021-09-08
In a huge win for pop star Britney Spears, her father and the conservator of her estate, Jamie Spears, filed a petition to end the arrangement on Sept. 7, media outlets reported. Jamie cited his daughter's ...


Gay News

SPORTS Red Stars teaming with Univision for Sept. 25 game
2021-08-23
The Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and Univision Chicago—part of Univision Communications Inc., the leading Spanish-language media and content company in the country—announced a first-time ...


Gay News

COVID FDA grants full approval to Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine
2021-08-23
On Aug. 23, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for people age 16 and older, media outlets reported. This is the first coronavirus vaccine approved by the ...


Gay News

COMEDY Cameron Esposito at The Den on Oct. 2
2021-08-17
The Den Theatre will present out comedian Cameron Esposito Saturday, Oct. 2d at 8 pm on The Heath Mainstage, 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave.. Esposito is a standup comic, actor and writer who has appeared across television ...


Gay News

GLAAD highlights how Olympians used Tokyo Games to call for LGBTQ acceptance
2021-08-11
--From a press release - (August 11, 2021) GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, is highlighting how this year's historic number of out LGBTQ athletes repeatedly stood ...


Gay News

Windy City Times fellowships available
2021-08-06
Windy City Times will have four paid internships for writers available this fall as part of a new journalism education initiative, "Training the Next Generation of LGBTQ Journalists and Storytellers," in partnership with the Field Foundation. ...


Gay News

DaBaby apologizes for 'misinformed' comments about AIDS, LGBTQ people
2021-08-03
After his headlining sets at Lollapalooza, Governors Ball and Day N Vegas festivals were canceled within 24 hours of each other, rapper DaBaby issued another apology to the LGBTQ community, Variety reported. "Social Media moves so ...


Gay News

Pritzker signs bill decriminalizing HIV transmission, other pro-LGBTQ measures
2021-07-27
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker signed a legislative package on July 27 at Center on Halsted that, effective immediately ends the decades-long law criminalizing HIV transmission in Illinois. Illinois is now the second such state to repeal ...


 



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.