Teach Ministries: To Educate About the Consequences of Homophobia

Mary Lou and Bob WallnerTo those of you who sign our guest book, please keep in mind that it is just that, a GUEST book. When we sign a guest book, it is usually in a person's home, thanking them for their hospitality, or it may be in a church simply giving our name and address. If you have an opposing view to our view about homosexuality, please feel free to contact us directly. We want our web site to be a safe place for those who may be hurting. Thank you so much!
Mary Lou and Bob

  February 6, 2015
Thank you, your site has come in handy numerous times.

I have been working as a volunteer on a transgender crisis hotline, (translifeline.org) I have used your site as a reference numerous times for transgender people that are dealing with unsupportive families.

  December 8, 2014
I just watched your movie on Netflix. I am heterosexual but I have always supported gay rights. Besides for voting for gay marriage in my state I've done nothing to challenge opposing views since the issue does not impact my every day life. This movie made be realize that it's up to all of us, not just the LGBT community, to make a change. Thank you for your exceptional courage in telling your story.
  October 7, 2014
Mary Lou. I don't think I've ever felt so moved as I did when I heard your story. My mum is my best friend.
I have always had a life plan to build a space that gay people can go to when family and friends disown them for being who they are. I want a place they can live or go to to feel safe...to feel loved. I've would love to (with your blessing of course) call my space the Anna Louise Wakefield Safe Place. This is a very long term goal and passion but I know I'll never forget your story. Thank you x

  April 30, 2014
Thank you for your courage. As a Latino gay man, I was told that I was not good enough because I was gay. When my mother accepted me fully and say yes to all of me, I realized that there was nothing in the world that matter. Her love and support has been the greatest blessing in my life. Mary, please know that you have many gay sons and daughters in the world that love you and are grateful for your work.
  April 5, 2014
It is very nice to see a parent doing the work you do. As a transgender person I love seeing people like yourself educating people about this community I wish my mother did the same. I was disowned when I came out as transgender thank you very much for the work you do.
  July 24, 2013
I just wanted to thank you for being a true inspiration. To be so open about your views past AND present, rather than just high-lighting the good that you do today is a marvellous thing.

Being outcast from your own family will always be difficult (I am 32, it doesn't get any easier) but to know that the world has at least one Mary Lou Wallner makes it seem that little bit better.

I applaud you for not sitting back and thinking of the "if only" thoughts but actually continuing to fight to help other people in their struggles. To help one person cope or see things from a different view is an amazing thing and I am sure your story has opened many eyes around the world.

Thank you.

  April 20, 2013
I Will pray for you.
  January 8, 2013
I was deeply affected by your particular story in "The Bible Tells Me So". I am a heterosexual woman but have always been sensitive to LGBT issues so I guess that makes me a liberal. As a mother myself, I have a very hard time comprehending how a parent could reject their child. Children are gifts from God. Of course, I was not raised in a fundamentalist church either. You have learned from your past and have turned it into a beautiful thing. The world needs more people like you.
  September 7, 2012
O saviour then in all my need be near to me and let my soul by steadfast faith find a life and heaven in thee could we but climb where moses stood and view the landscape oer. Not jordans streamm nor deaths cold flood should fight us from the shore
  April 27, 2012
You are an inspiration. I am sorry that your enlightenment came at such a high personal cost. Sadly, your story is very reminiscent of so many other families. I too grew up in a very strict & religiously stringent household where everything & everyone that was different was denounced. However my mother never could've predicted just how obstinate her three daughters would grow up to be. And I am very grateful that we have persisted against what others deem to be "normal". Whether that be race, fashion, political or religious views, or sexual orientation. That nest of security allowed my niece to come out to us, unafraid, knowing full well that her family would continue to love & defend her. And our family has become an emotional safe haven for her friends who are not as fortunate as my niece. I congratulate you for your spirit & hope your story reaches & helps to positively impact other families.
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