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Candice Czubernat is a Licensed web-based therapist and founder of The Christian Closet. The Christian Closet is a therapy practice for people who are trying to work out what it means to have a LGBTQ sexual identity within a Christian context. She sees her clients over the phone and via Skype so that no matter where they live in the country they can get support. The Advocate’s website lists her as one of the “10 Pro-LGBT Religious Women You Should Know.” She is also an advocate and writer working to educate those on both sides of the argument. She lives with her wife and their two children.

Recent Posts

May 03, 2017

When was the last time you heard a sermon focusing on your belovedness, with no "but" attached to it? I mean, an entire Sunday service all about taking in and feeling how much God loves you and delights in you—with no mention of, or alluding to the need for you to be better than you are, resist sin, or change anything about yourself?

Oct 27, 2016

As a young girl I grew up believing God had created humans perfectly in His image (Genesis 1:27). God made me with brown eyes, olive skin, small hands and feet, a soft heart and a quirky personality. I grew up believing that God saw me, his creation, as good. And therefore, so did I. 

I had no reason to question if I was made in God’s image. 

Oct 07, 2015

If you want one of the most beautiful and yet humbling experiences a person can go through, become a parent. As a new mom, I’m often in the midst of intense events with my kids where I have no idea what to do. Because of this, I find myself looking to God for guidance.

I need God now in ways that, before becoming a mom, I had no idea I would. 

Sep 09, 2015

Facebook often sends me photos of past events I’ve posted. Kind of like a nostalgic, hey remember all the fun you had 5 years ago?! The last “reminder” really got me.   

Oct 02, 2014

I hold the church personally responsible for any LGBTQ person who walks away from God and Christianity. Every week, I get emails from individuals all across the country who are full of desire to be a part of a church. They want to go on the church-wide mission trip, join the choir, serve in the youth group and attend a small group.

These are people who long to serve God, connect with other Christians and be a part of a wider community.

Jun 04, 2014

On the way to my wedding shower, I received a picture of a gift someone had dropped off at my parents' house for the event. Yay, our first gift! It had been neatly wrapped in a pattern covering every square inch of the box—in bride and grooms.

Teeny tiny men in tuxedos and women in wedding dresses starring back at me as I looked at my phone.

Feb 20, 2014

One of the most frequently asked questions people ask me about my job is whether I get depressed at work. As a web-based therapist, I specialize in primarily seeing three different types of people—those who need a safe place to figure out if they are gay and how to reconcile that with their faith, people who need help navigating relationship issues within their same-sex relationship, and straight people who need a place to process their feelings around a family member or friend being gay.

Dec 23, 2013

My brother has been with his girlfriend for 6 months, and she’s spending Christmas with my family this year.  My first thought was, Whoa. What the hell?! It’s not that I don’t like her. I do! But as someone who lived in the closet of a secret relationship for years, I cannot relate to the experience of having dated someone mere months and already having them join holiday times with the family.  

Dec 16, 2013

Visit our Welcoming Church Map to find a welcoming & affirming church near you.

“Church starts at 9:30,” my dad yells into my room. I immediately text my wife, Oh god! Dad wants me to go to church with him! I don’t know if I can do this. I really don’t want to—should I go for his sake? 


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