Every day we feature the beloved “Strawberry Letter” franchise that is so popular on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” heard nationwide. Send in your letters and Shirley Strawberry will dish out the necessary advice. Today’s topic: He says he used to be gay Good Morning Steve, Shirley, Carla,Tommy, Eugene, and Ms Ann, I love you guys! Steve, I have read your book and I have listened to you talk about dating. I am proud to say that I have followed the 90-day rule when dating a man. As a matter of fact, I have been dating this guy for four months and there has not been any sexual contact. Well, I asked this man to attend a church revival service with me at my grandmother’s church. My grandmother attends one of those country, Holy Ghost, speaking-in-tongues churches that believes in going down on your knees and calling on Jesus until you foam at the mouth. I must admit that church service was awesome! The spirit was flowing everywhere. Well the Pastor got up and asked if anyone had a testimony. Well my man jumped up and said “I do!” He yelled, “I must tell of the goodness of Jesus and how he has delivered me from homosexuality…yes, I use to be a lover of men, but not anymore. Now I desire a woman and I am now blessed with a good woman.” He then pointed at me. I almost died. I had no ideal that this man use to be gay. He never told me about this. My grandmother was sitting in the mother’s board corner saying, “Lord have mercy…what this child done got herself in.” I can’t even mention in this letter what my uncle and brothers said. And my daddy, who is the Preacher, just looked at me and said, “I am glad your mother is dead, so she could not see this.” What should I do? We have not had any sex and I don’t think we will.
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