Joel Barrett is an LGBTQ Author, Speaker, and Gatherer. He is recognized for his honesty in sharing his colorful story as a former Baptist pastor and survivor of ex-gay (conversion) therapy. He is a Keynote Speaker, expert storyteller, coach, and gatherer who has a unique ability to bring people together. His core message encourages everyone to live with authenticity not controlled by fear or shame. He is a regular guest expert on podcasts, news reports, and panel discussions. His story has been featured on StoryCorps, Risk!, The Daily Mail, The Daily Mirror, and more. His book Godly, But Gay: A Story of Contradictions, Conversion Therapy, and Coming Out was released in June 2021. He and his husband David of 15 years moved to Kansas City in 2016.