Azariah Southworth

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Azariah Southworth (born on May 13, 1986 [age 28]) is an American writer and former television presenter who was the creator, host, and producer of The Remix, a syndicated reality show on the NRB, TBN, JCTV, and VTN networks.[1][2][3] The Remix was watched by over 200,000 viewers each week on one of several Christian networks.[4]

Southworth was raised in Orland, Indiana, but currently resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana.[5] Southworth announced that he was gay on Wednesday, April 16, 2008, stating, "This has been a long time coming. I’m in a place where I’m at peace with my faith, friends, family and more importantly myself. I know this will end my career in Christian television, but I must now live my life openly and honestly with everyone. This is my reason for doing this." After making this public to the Out & About Newspaper in Nashville, it quickly became national news. Southworth was featured on The Huffington Post, PerezHilton.com, The Advocate, and the Fox News Channel.[3][4][6][7]

After coming out, Southworth was named one of Instinct's "Leading Men of 2008". Southworth has advocated for LGBT rights with the Soulforce Q "2008 Equality Ride".[8][9] He is currently writing a book detailing his account about growing up gay in a Pentecostal home. In 2010, Southworth was the opening act for gay Christian singer, Ray Boltz, on his "Living True: the tour".[10]

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  1. ^ Giles, K. Darnell (2008). Beaudoin, Lynn, ed. What Did Jesus Say?: Why the Bible Does Not Condemn Homosexuality. Los Angeles: A Project GBC Publication. p. 218. ISBN 978-1-4404-7898-7. 
  2. ^ Juergens, Brian (April 20, 2008). "Interview with Azariah Southworth". AfterElton.com (afterelton.com). Retrieved November 16, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b McAlister, Allen (June 1, 2009). "From the ashes". Out & About (outandaboutnewspaper.com). Retrieved November 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Shea, Danny (April 24, 2008). "Azariah Southworth, Popular Christian TV Host, Announces He Is Gay". Out & About (huffingtonpost.com). Retrieved November 16, 2009. 
  5. ^ Kent, F. Daniel (August 1, 2008). "Christian TV host moves forward after coming out; plans farewell event featuring Sixpence None the Richer". Out & About (outandaboutnewspaper.com). Retrieved November 16, 2009. 
  6. ^ McAlister, Allen (May 7, 2008). "A closer look at Azariah Southworth". Out & About (outandaboutnewspaper.com). Retrieved November 16, 2009. 
  7. ^ Southworth, Azariah (June–July 2008). "Unconditional Love". The Advocate (Here Media Inc.) (1009). Retrieved November 16, 2009. 
  8. ^ Wright, John (October 31, 2008). "Equality Rider finds true love in Dallas, then gets back on the bus". Dallas Voice (dallasvoice.com). Retrieved November 16, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Christian TV host joins equality ride for gays". Out & About (outandaboutnewspaper.com). July 2, 2008. Retrieved November 16, 2009. 
  10. ^ Freedman, Samuel G. (May 15, 2010). "Christian Singer Resumes Career, Relieved of a Secret". The New York Times (nytimes.com). p. A20. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 

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