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Popular African-American speaker, author and nondenominational minister Janet Boynes ( will speak at the Larry H. Miller Salt Lake Community College campus at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 26, 2014 in the Free Enterprise Auditorium. Boynes will share her powerful story of personal transformation from gay to straight.

Janet Boynes grew up in the worst of circumstances in New York City to a mother who gave birth to several children by different male partners that never stayed. Boynes’ struggle is all too common: a young, fatherless girl looking for stability, belonging and love, ending up sexually abused, high and dealing cocaine, so lacking in self-worth that she retreated to the LGBTQ community to find acceptance.

At rock bottom after many failed personal relationships, Boynes’ struggle to turn her life around began. Her extraordinary journey answers many questions that young people, neighbors, friends and associates are asking about the same-sex issue. She provides compelling evidence that the human spirit can overcome any life-controlling issue, even in the face of the worst of odds.

Her presentation is affirming for anyone interested in, or concerned about, the trends to redefine Marriage. However, it is especially impactful for those who are confused about the gender identity or gay “marriage” discussion, those who believe that there is no choice or control over homosexual behavior, or those who deny any negative consequences to a society that redefines Marriage for same-sex couples at the expense of children who need both a mother and father.

“Janet Boynes’ autobiographical book, Called Out, is an inspiring story of the real possibility of change for those trapped by homosexual desires, ” said Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council. “With blunt honesty, Janet tells the heart-wrenching story of the hardship and abuse she suffered early in life, which led her toward lesbian relationships. Her moving story is complemented by sound and compassionate advice to those struggling with homosexuality in their own lives, the lives of family members and in the church.”

Tickets for the “Janet Boynes: Called Out from Gay to Straight” event are $5.00 for general seating and $10.00 for priority seating, and may be purchased through the American Leadership Fund at