the 25-year-old Kasper Gregersen, who is starring in the TV2 programme 'Home to the farm', has had a difficult past, which he has had to fight to be accepted.
Kasper Gregersens childhood has been very much shaped by christian humanism. He grew up in a family, there are Single Mission, he has gone to a christian school, and he has been a christian leader for children and young people. In general, he has always been a part of a christian community.
at the same time, Kasper Gregersen gay, which previously stretched legs for him. But he is no longer afraid to stand by who he is.
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- It has been very difficult, because you are in a christian community and you are very similar to each other. But there is the outlines that I am to men. It is not the norm. I felt myself outside for a long time, and I could not be with this same jargon. I had not the same opinions for many of the things within the Inner Mission, " says Kasper Gregersen for Extra Magazine.
Already in 7. class took Kasper out that he was to the men, but he was soon going to have to deny the truth to himself.
- It was not together with the norm in the society I came from. I put my sexuality on the shelf and thought 'No it does not fit, it is just a phase'. It was only in 9. class, that I realized that I'm gay.
What is Home Mission?
the Inner Mission is a folkekirkelig movement, which places great emphasis on the Bible as the word of God and personal faith in Jesus Christ as savior.
the Inner Mission represent some of the most conservative views in the national Church. The support r.ex. not female priests and marriage for homosexuals.
After he acknowledged his sexuality and chose to be open about it, there were several from the 'hardcore' core of the Inner Mission, who tried to get Kasper Gregersen to repent.
- I was invited home for coffee, completely innocently. All of a sudden, I found out, it was a kind of self-help for myself. I was asked to put a damper on my desires and the exercise of to be gay. I was right harm over it. We sat for over two hours, and had a theological discussion about what was most important in the bible in relation to christianity.
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Therefore, he took a strong stance from the part of the Inner Mission.
- I'm looking more at the message with the charity, and to be there for each other rather than to follow the bible verbatim.
Kasper Gregersen has signed up for the 'Home to the farm' to get an experience, but at the same time also to stand with the message that it is okay to believe.
- I feel that we in Denmark are quite afraid of faith. It is something we dare not touch, and it is something nonsense. Faith requires a lot of space for many people, they may know it. It is important for me to show that you can believe, even though you are young. It is not dangerous. It is a piss great way to have a direction in life. It is a way of viewing life. One need not wander around, but you have a path to follow.
You can see 'Home to the farm' every Sunday at 20:00 on TV2.