Oprah is starting a new show on the OWN network called “Addicted to Food” tomorrow, April 5. This show follows the progress of eight individuals who want to break their eating disorders. One of the contestants happens to be a gospel singer who is battling a little more than her food addiction by way of overeating. She’s getting to the bottom of why she’s been overeating…her admission of being attracted to women.
Dejuaii Pace, 45, sat down and talked to the Root about her being a christian, being a virgin and not being able to come out for fear of the repercussions of her christian community. She is a member of the Anointed Pace Sisters and her father is the pastor of a Pentacostal/Holiness church. She’s a member of his church and has always felt that her attraction was forbidden. She told the Root that she has not been in a physically intimate relationship with a man or a woman, but knows she’s attracted to women.
“No, I have not. I am a real-deal, true virgin. Because my mother and my dad had brought us up [to believe] that the greatest gift that I could give to my husband, my soul mate, is to give to them myself that has not been tainted with anybody else or anything else. And I value that highly. And by the grace of God, [the Lord] has helped me and kept me.”
Well, this will be interesting to see. If she hasn’t had any involvement at all, maybe they’ll first have her experiment with some heterosexual dating to see if she truly is committed to being gay. Then her father won’t be mad at her and she won’t be shunned by those in her religion. Yeah right! It’s not a light switch you can cut off and on. Maybe her family will have to embrace her and help her break her eating habit by first letting her be openly gay.
She mentions in her interview that the christian community will have to deal with the homosexuals differently, by giving a new message:
“I want my soul mate. However God brings that about is fine with me. I know that God loves me, and he has created me, and this thing is here. I feel that it is part of my destiny to find out what is really going on. Because I cannot say it’s against God, and I cannot say God is for it. All I’m saying now is that we cannot tell people what we’ve been telling them. I have friends who’ve stopped going to church because of that.”
Read more about her exploration here. Her words may help someone grappling with the very same thing.