Earlier this month, clips of a taped television interview that gospel music sensation Tonex conducted for 'The Lexi Show'
(on the Gospel network) surfaced on the Internet and caused a heated
frenzy within the black religious industry. During the revealing
conversation, the internationally renowned music superstar (nee Anthony
Williams III) talked candidly about his homosexuality, his failed
marriage and his thoughts on the black church. As expected, when
someone touches upon such a taboo subject, it strikes a chord among
others. But as the multiple Stellar Award-winning virtuoso tells it, in
his very own words, it was a lot more than he ever bargained for.
READ TONEX'S FULL TESTIMONY ON BLACK VOICES.
"You know, it's not easy growing up in a Pentecostal/Evangelical church, where everyone is pretty much anti-gay, although it's common knowledge that some of the most anointed musicians and singer-songwriters have, or have dealt with, same-sex attraction at some point. For me, it was particularly taboo because of my upbringing and the ministerial call on my life. I then had to think about the repercussions of this revelation. But I knew I had to get free...
"As I continue down this path of self-discovery, my prayer is that others will see that we are your sons, daughters, cousins, nieces and nephews silently crying inside, coping with fear and uncertainty. We need love and affirmation. We need to know that it's okay to talk about these issues in a safe family environment and that we will be respected not just for our art and talents but for the beautiful human beings that God created us to be. After all, He does not make mistakes. I would not be here typing had it not been for the prayers of the righteous and real friends who understand the challenge of taking the road less traveled. May we all show love toward one another. The greatest command is love another. Thank you for listening to my testimony."