Luis Ruiz lived an active gay lifestyle until a man opened fire in 2016 at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, FL, where Luis was celebrating his birthday.
The shooter killed 49 people and wounded 53; Luis was among the wounded.
“After losing many of my friends and being taken to the hospital for wounds sustained during the shooting, I came to learn that I was HIV positive,” Luis
writes. “At that moment, I dropped to my knees and wept. I wanted to live a healthier life, one that was not centered around sex and damaging behavior.”
This experience led him to rejoin the church of his childhood, receive pastoral care, and connect with a supportive faith community. “I chose to leave
the homosexual lifestyle to pursue my true identity in Jesus,” Ruiz said.
Luis will be among others relating their personal experiences with the LGBT subculture at the Summit, including
Elizabeth Woning, who describes herself as “once lesbian.”
Ruth Institute Founder and President, Dr. Jennifer Roback Morse, Ph.D., says, “These witnesses testify to the fact that they were not ‘born gay,’ and that
change is possible. Many individuals and families need to hear their message.”
The Summit for Survivors of the Sexual Revolution will include experts such as Dr. Robert A.J. Gagnon, professor
of New Testament Theology at Houston Baptist University, speaking on “The Bible and Homosexual Practice,” and Fr. D. Paul Sullins, author of The Ruth
Institute’s “Clergy Sex Abuse Report.” Other topics explored will be the trauma of divorce, with stories from adult children of divorce, and abandoned