About

Who are you?

I’m a Catholic man in my late twenties early thirties. I live in New England the Boston area. I graduated from a Catholic liberal arts college The Thomas More College of Liberal arts with a degree in literature. I used to work as a teacher, which I found to be challenging, rewarding, and utterly exhausting. I now work part time as a web developer, with as much writing as I can squeeze in on the side. The other things I like are motorcycles and Kung Fu.

So are you gay, or what?

You could say that, if you wanted to, although I don’t like the term and don’t identify with it. I’m attracted primarily and almost exclusively to men, and have been since I was about fourteen; but I don’t date men or have sex with them, so where does that leave me? I’m a faithful Catholic, so a romantic relationship with another man literally doesn’t fit into the way I see the world. I don’t see myself as different in any essential way from heterosexual men, so describing myself as “gay” doesn’t seem to fit.

On the other hand, “homosexual” sounds clinical, “queer” certainly isn’t me, and “man who’s attracted to other men” is cumbersome. So, “gay” is a useful sort of shorthand, and I’ll use it from time to time until a better word comes along. SSA (same-sex attraction) is a useful term too, as in “He has SSA” rather than “He is SSA.”

Okay, but can’t you please use some other word besides “gay”? People are going to get the wrong idea.

People have made the point that, by using the same terminology used by those who hold the view that homosexuality is a normal, natural, healthy, super-wonderful sexual variant of human behavior, I’m implicitly legitimizing that view.

This is a valid point. Over and against this point, however, I weigh the fact that the word “gay” is immediately recognizable. If anyone cares enough to read what I’ve written on the blog, they’ll find out what I think about it. And — let’s be honest — “gay” is much better for SEO purposes.

Is Steve Gershom your real name?

Nope. I made it up for an interview I did a while back. My real name is Joseph Prever.

Why don’t you use your real name?

I’m blessed to have many close friends and a large, loving family. My family and my closest friends know that I’m attracted to men. I don’t see why anybody else needs to.

How can I get in touch with you?

Leave a comment, or drop me a line at steve-dot-gershom-at-gmail-dot-com. I’d love to hear from you. I can’t always respond quickly, but I will always respond.

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  3. Hannah Hoffman

    Steve,

    Thank you for your powerful witness! I hope you realize how valuable your contributions are to those of us trying to defend God’s plan for sexuality and family life. They can tell me I don’t know what it’s like to be gay, but they certainly can’t tell you that.

    I’ll remember you in prayer at Mass today, that God will grant you continued strength on this very difficult road.

    Hannah

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  4. Erica M

    I just wanted to comment to let you know I think you’re awesome. We need more people like you who aren’t afraid to be firm in their belief. :) I have a friend who’s also chosen celibacy. You two are my heroes.

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  5. Nic

    Hi Steve,
    Or rather, Joseph,
    Thank you so much for your website, your articles, your humour, honesty and love for God!
    It’s so great to read something like this. I’m going to send the “Catholic, Gay, and Feeling Fine” article to a couple friends of mine.
    Peace and Love, – Nic

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  6. Mary Morstan

    Hi, Steve/Joseph,
    I’m trying to understand SSA (and I agree there’s not a simple, good word to describe it). Thanks for your writing. I really enjoy your friendly, calm, rational approach, and I cherish your commitment to Catholicism. Keep writing…you enlighten many people.

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  7. Ashleen

    Thanks for this blog and for your witness. I have several gay, celibate Catholic friends. I admire them and I admire you so much!

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  8. Peter

    Hi Joey,
    I’m Caitlyn’s younger brother. Please pray for me. I will try to pray for you. I struggle with anxiety and drpression. It seems you know what that’s like. More and more of my distant friends are gay, and your website helps me alot, as it enlightens and gives me hope. Real Hope. Thank you. Some day I’m going to make a movie either about you or greatly affected by you. Bye.

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    1. Joey Prever (Steve Gershom) Post author

      Hi Peter! It’s really nice to hear from you. I edited your comment to get rid of your last name and Caitlyn’s, just in case you didn’t want those things public. Hey, you should feel free to write to me privately if you want! (steve.gershom@gmail.com).

      Prayers,
      Joey

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  10. melissa

    Your article ‘Reading: Deep Calls to Deep’ has given new spring renewal to our home school year. A literature major myself, your mother and father’s choices were a joy for me to see. I try to read the greats, or at least my interpretation of what is great. It also gave me insight into the beauty that is God’s creation and how it leads us by the hand through the times we feel less than great ourselves. God made everything beautiful, and I will work everyday to live the beauty He envisioned for me even if I do not feel beautiful in the current interior struggle. Literature can be a painted canvas of the human soul, to reflect it, attract it, and inspire it.

    Your ease in relating your experience as a chaste man shows the beauty of what it is to be human. May we more and more be able to see each other as children of God and less as labels and stereotypes. Your chastity is an inspiration to all peoples as it is a pillar of human virtue. We all have lust that must be tempered in many facets of our earthly experiences, sexual and/or otherwise.

    “Well done good and faithful servant” Keep following The Way. I will pray with you for all of us who struggle.
    Melissa

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  12. Tara S

    Joey! Joey! Joeyjoeyjoey! Are you the Steve G in Something Other Than God? I’m freaking out over here.

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      1. Tara S

        I had “world’s colliding” moment. Jennifer Fulwiler’s blog Conversion Diary was what first talked me through the process of understanding Catholicism, and now I’m reading in her book about how “Steve G” (a regular commenter on her earlier blog Reluctant Atheist) was a big part of her first giving Catholicism a serious look. :-D

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  13. Tony Donovan

    Hi Joseph,

    I just watched your film, “The Third Way.” I am speechless. I am a Catholic man. I am heterosexual. For many years I was harsh regarding homosexuality. I tried to love and respect everyone but this was/is a hard area. Your film gave me a much better perspective. One of my greatest prayers was that I could see beyond the external person and see the true person. You have partially helped to answer that prayer. Forgive me for sometime feeling less that loving toward others with SSA.

    God bless you Joseph!

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  14. Andrew Cicero

    I just wanted to let you know, though I in no way am celibate nor do I believe having sex is wrong, I still do not judge you for it or think less of you. I was like that when I was younger, thought because I was attracted to other guys I had to avoid it because the bible said so. Though I have since left that religion, or rather what some people would call it, I do not frown on people that choose to remain in it; to me that defeats the entire message of the LGBT movement, which is inclusion and love of others despite their various lifestyles. If you want to remain celibate that is entirely up to you, and I am sorry if you have gotten grief for it.

    I am early twenties, still on a spiritual journey and figuring stuff out, I just started a gay-straight alliance at my little junior college in a small town which is a little scary just because of the homophobic elements that are rather prevalent in this area. I do pray that the love of God will be pervasive enough that churches will not be the ones to give us grief. I just came back to God a couple months ago, I am probably not someone most would qualify as christian simply because my theology is almost entirely different than any modern day christian sect. I do believe in Christ and the love of Christ, I just disagree with the doctrine some associate with what Christianity is; but I will not write down my entire thoughts on philosophy and theology here lol.

    You seem like someone I would enjoy discussing some issues with, I would love to start a correspondence and do so. I am impressed with you, I have only met one person who professes to have more loyalty to his religion despite his sexuality. I personally believe that my feelings and faith are inseparable, as I believe that experience is inseparable with an honest faith (though not the only part); I am interested in your reasons for staying with the Catholic faith rather than changing your views to fit with your feelings, I would love to hear your story.

    Well thank you for being willing to share so much! I will read more of your blogs, I am sure I can learn much from you. Like I said I would love to start a correspondence if you are willing, I may want to see if you could come down and speak at my gay-straight alliance and Christian Campus group this next academic year; one of my biggest goals while I am here is to show this area that LGBTQ people and Christians do not have to hate each other, and that a person can have faith in Christ even if they are LGBTQ.

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    1. Joey Prever (Steve Gershom) Post author

      Dear Andrew,

      Thanks for writing! I know I will keep forgetting to give you a proper response here in the combox, but if you want to email me, please do so. I’m at steve[dot]gershom[at]gmail[dot]com.

      Peace
      JP

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    1. Joey Prever (Steve Gershom) Post author

      Thanks for stopping by, Clare.

      You might be right. There certainly exists bigotry among members of the Catholic Church. That’s not quite the same thing as saying the Church itself is bigoted, but it’s true nevertheless.

      Then again, maybe my shame comes from other sources that you don’t know anything about. Something as complex as shame isn’t really reducible to a single source.

      Either way, I’m happy that the Church helped me away from that shame.

      Peace & prayers
      JP

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