OUT, A Courageous Woman’s Journey: Reading and Signing with Lou Anne Smoot
After spending 60 years living what most Southern Baptists would consider a “normal
life” which included marrying and raising four children, Lou Anne Smoot faced a painful
truth about herself-- she was homosexual.
This retired public school teacher, holder of two college degrees, mother of four,
grandmother of six, and Baptist Sunday School teacher, courageously changed her life
in the direction she felt God was “prodding” her to go. Despite the uncomfortableness of
remaining a member of her Baptist church when she divorced and began “coming out,”
she remained faithful to God and to her church at a time when most homosexuals her
age either remained “in the closet” or turned their backs on the churches that seemed to turn their backs on them.
Lou Anne is now an activist for gay rights and was awarded the 2010 Project TAG (Tyler
Area Gays) Advocate of the Year Award. She published her “brutally honest” story,
OUT, A Courageous Woman's Journey, in 2016 and has shared her story with over 60
groups in eight different states.