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Queer Disney Star Speaks Out After Video Shows Him Getting Baptized At Anti-LGBTQ+ Megachurch

'High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' star Joshua Bassett's deep dive into Christianity took another turn after he was baptized at Bethel Church, a megachurch notorious for their anti-LGBTQ+ views and promotion of 'conversion therapy.'

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*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.

Just a couple of weeks ago, fans of High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star Joshua Bassett voiced their concern after the actor posted several intensely religious messages on Twitter and Instagram.

Bassett's sudden turn to Christianity was alarming to many as he had previously shared his negative perspective of organized religion and had been open about the way his parents' extreme beliefs strained their relationship.

The actor—who came out as gay in 2021 via a public compliment to Harry Styles—worried fans even more when he was baptized earlier this week at a megachurch notorious for their anti-LGBTQ+ views as well as their promotion of "conversion therapy."

In a video of the moment at Bethel Church, Bassett shared:

"Long story short, I grew up Christian and I ran the other way as far as I could go in pursuit of 'truth,' and that only ended in addiction, depression, suicidal ideation, eating disorders, etc."
"And no other teacher gave me anywhere near the peace that Jesus Christ did, and I'm here to publicly declare Him as my Lord and Savior."

Fans of the actor were quick to speak out, especially given the church's views and ideology.



In response to all of the reactions, Bassett tweeted that he was unaware of many of the church's policies and beliefs, assuring fans that he does not endorse "all of them."

Several chimed in stating, yes, on occasion people get baptized at random churches, but many argued such a major commitment should have been approached with at least some research.

Even Canada's Drag Race contestant Eve 6000 weighed in.

"Drive by baptism? Lol."
"If you truly believe in the purpose of being baptized why would you not research the people doing it..."

Others echoed Eve 6000's sentiment, noting a quick online search would have enlightened him quite a bit.







Many also clarified they voiced their concern because they genuinely care and want what's best for Bassett.



Bethel has added a section on their website dedicated solely to their documented actions andthe topic of sexuality which they claim is "becoming more confusing than ever before."

"For those who identify as LGBTQ, we want you to experience the love of God and our love expressed in honor, compassion, respect, and safety."
"We deeply regret that throughout history, both secular society and the Church at large have often participated in, been silent about, or purposefully ignored significant injustices against those who identify as LGBTQ."
"In any area where we, or our predecessors, have participated in such behavior, turned a blind eye, or failed to speak up on behalf of your safety, dignity, and justice, we ask for forgiveness—and seek to be a better example of God’s love."


It continues:

"Though we may disagree on what is best for individuals and society, and are often at odds over pieces of legislation, those who identify as LGBTQ can rightly expect that you are important and valuable to us."
"Wherever we can be faithful to our convictions and still find common ground, that is our desire."

The section then goes into biology lessons and "how to think and behave as sexual beings."

A little research before making a commitment goes a long way.

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LGBTQ+ Youth can get help through:

Trevor Support Center — LGBTQ youth & allies can find answers to FAQs and explore resources at https://www.thetrevorproject.org/resources/trevor-support-center/#sm.0000121hx9lvicotqs52mb1saenel