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Rosa’s journey from ‘all gays should go to hell’ to loving her lesbian daughter


Imagine you have a husband, two infant girls, a house, and a marriage. Then your husband abandons you because he’s gay. That’s what happened to Rosa Manriquez.

“I really hated him. And it followed that I hated anyone who was gay. His lovers and anyone else. And I honestly believed that anyone who was gay should go to hell.”

But through prayer and guidance, Rosa not only found a way to find peace with the LGBTQ community, but loved and supported her daughter when she came out.

Rosa shares her journey here:

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