Over the weekend, Jake Smith was so concerned he might be Christian he ran away from his home in Parkville, MO. Smith is very open about being gay, and his parents encourage him to follow his heart. Smith is afraid, however, his parents might have an opposite reaction when they find out he might be Christian.
Only the people Smith trusts most know about Smith’s secret church going habits.
“Jake is super sneaky when it comes to going to church. He’ll tell his parents he’s coming to my house when he’s really going to church,” said Jake’s best friend, Cody Miller.
Fortunately, Smith has a strong support system of friends like Miller.
“I don’t know what I’d do without them. They support me completely and understand what I’m going through at home. They have been encouraging me to tell my parents, but I just don’t know if I’m ready for that yet. I don’t know how to tell them,” Smith said with his head in his hands.
Smith and his friends are planning on telling his parents tomorrow night, if he feels ready or not.
“I hope to be a role model to teens everywhere who are going through the same thing. You are not alone,” Smith said.