Blue Babies Pink by Brett Trapp

By Brett Trapp

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Description

(Note: Blue Babies Pink is like an audio book. Start with the Prologue, then Episode 1, Episode 2, etc.)
For nearly a decade, Brett Trapp kept a secret journal of thoughts on being gay and Christian, knowing one day he'd shout the story he feared most.
On a Wednesday morning in late 2016, he logged on to Facebook and began shouting...
He started by publishing a Gossip Guide to his sexuality—a cheeky way to let friends know his secret. He then began sharing the vivid details of his story through a 44-episode memoir, published as one episode per day. He called the story Blue Babies Pink.
Within days, Blue Babies Pink began to spread through social media. Thousands of readers tuned in, eagerly waiting for the daily installment to be released. Readers resonated deeply with Brett's struggle with faith, loneliness, shame, singleness, workaholism, and uncertainty.
Called "the Netflix of blogs," more than 100,000 people have read Blue Babies Pink to date.

Episode Date
Epilogue • My Little Speaking Up
21:36

Brett's final thoughts on the journey of Blue Babies Pink...

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 44 • Love Storms
20:47

NOTE: This is the finale of Blue Babies Pink. If you haven't read the previous 43 episodes, please do that before listening to Episode 44. Also, after listening to this one, be sure to check out the Epilogue for the final wrap-up. 

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 43 • Tears on a Boat Dock
15:03

"I sprinted down that path, through the trees, all the way out to the boat dock—heaving, shaking, and sobbing as I ran. I felt like I might choke, fighting for breath. My face poured wet salt onto the summer grass below..."

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 42 • Someone to Run Home To
12:13

"I began to think a lot then about the role of a spouse, of a companion. I'd never been in anything close to a meaningful relationship, and I'd slammed the door on love years before, so I was clueless about it all."

 

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 41 • Questions for God
13:16

"My whole life, I'd been taught that God's design for the world was men and women getting married and making babies. This formed family units which were the building blocks of society. So it made sense that the institution of marriage would lead to great human flourishing."

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 40 • Brain Blanks
12:24

Brett appears on a Christian TV show and disaster strikes...

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 39 • Decade-Long Battles
08:50

"March 14 was the day I thought God cursed my testicles..."

 

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 38 • Elvis and Larry
14:31

"And while death is inevitable, we still have to live. We still have to do our best to use our lives well. This is one of the great paradoxes of life: That our time on earth is both utterly precious and completely insignificant."

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 37 • Growing Old, But Not Quite Growing Up
10:50

"Every wedding was a little funeral for me. I held a little sad ceremony in my heart...a ceremony for one..."

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 36 • Anxiety
10:10

Trip(s) to the ER...

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 35 • Becoming Minority
10:35

"For the first time I began to wonder if this—all of this—was about more than sexuality. I began to wonder that maybe I'd been focused on the wrong thing all along. I began to wonder if this was more about the junk I'd been ignoring, than the one glaring thing that had consumed me for so long. And maybe—just maybe—if I could find some peace there, I could find peace everywhere..."

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 34 • Warm Hands on Cold Shoulders
12:16

Thoughts on singleness and paying people to touch you...

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 33 • Not Perfect, But Extremely Rare
11:49

"When I understood that, I realized most of my stresses in life came from this subterranean sense of self-hate that I carried around with me each day. Being unaware of the self-hatred inside of you is like walking through life with a backpack full of dead skunks. The stink is coming from you, but you're convinced it's everyone else's problem."

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 32 • Community
10:05

"And I believed that, if God wanted to love me—to hug me—He'd do it through my community. His people would surround me. They'd carry me. They'd love and encourage me on hard days. They'd push me forward when I couldn't walk anymore. God uses community to sustain us when we can't sustain ourselves. I learned that then."

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 31 • Adventuring
09:27

Brett devises a two-part plan to survive as a gay Christian...

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 30 • Who Needs Love?
11:46

"And so sometime around 30, I slammed the door. I slammed the door on love..."

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 29 • Lifeboats
23:35

Brett has the hardest coming out conversation of his life + a lesson on how to respond when your child comes out to you...

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 28 • Chocolate Gravy
17:28

"Jesus was so kind to me that day. He was so kind to send me a friend like Kelly. He was so kind to prepare that moment and those biscuits and that gravy. It's easy to get caught up in the ways God has let us down. And then, His grace comes crashing down—kamikaze-style—right into our lives when we least expect it. It is a glorious explosion."

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 27 • Getting Real in London
17:21

Brett travels to Europe with a friend + an unforgettable night in London's oldest pub (NOTE: This episode is highly visual, and audio listeners are highly encouraged to visit the Episode 27 link on bluebabiespink.com to see the photos.)

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 26 • Waiting on Oranges
13:20

Can God make a gay person straight?

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 25 • Finding a New Track
11:20

"I would have done anything to just not be alone, to have at least 1% of hope that I wouldn't feel like this forever. And people who have felt hopeless before know that 1% of hope is a whole lot of hope. That's all I needed, but the Bible was clear. I had to figure out life without it."  

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 24 • Lonely Practice
17:58

Brett practices for a lifetime of loneliness—at an isolated cabin in the mountains and at a football stadium surrounded by 100k people...

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 23 • Unlearning How to Throw a Football
11:20

"And still other failures feel like brands seared deep into the soft flesh of our souls. After the initial pain, they scab over, then scar over. And looking at it each day, we get used to it. It begins to look more like a birthmark than a brand. And we may even forget that it was put on us. We may forget life before it. We may forget that failed moments aren't supposed to stay with us forever. After all, it was just a moment. And moments never last."    

Mar 02, 2017
Episode 22 • Secret Sadness
10:38

"Closets are dark, and when the gay child—or in my case, young professional—decides to stuff his soul in there, it has a warping effect.

It forces you deeper inside yourself. You become a mapless soul in a haunted maze, and you lose your bearings on who you really are. You begin to furiously reshuffle your inner life to present to the world the parts they want to see..."

 

Feb 03, 2017
Episode 21 • An Alien in Nashville
13:10

Brett hears a friend say something about gay people he will never forget...

Feb 03, 2017
Episode 20 • Work, Work, Work, Work, Work
09:07

"Deep inside every workaholic man is a little boy who never felt big enough, strong enough, worthy enough. And that little boy can be very loud. He reminds the man of his lacking, of his lessness. Work is very noisy in the soul, so the workaholic uses that noise to drown out the little boy. Obsessive work can't deliver peace, but that's not the point. The point is that it's louder than the pain. This was me..."

 

Feb 03, 2017
Episode 19 • Social Media is Born
11:49

"A lot of my friends got married in their mid-20s.

And I began to notice a trend: When friends would get married, you wouldn't hear from them much anymore.

This was new to me, because, before that, friends had always been portable. I could collect friends in elementary school and take them with me to middle school. I could collect a few more in middle and take them with me to high school. And then a lot of those stuck with me through college. Life before 22 was just moving from one single enclave to another. But not this time. This was different..."

Feb 03, 2017
Episode 18 • On the Counselor's Couch
12:27

"Yet while I was praying against it, I was simultaneously denying that same-sex attraction was a thing in my life. 

Back then, I denied that same-sex attraction was an intrinsic part of me.

If anything, it was a clinger, a hanger-on, an invader, a tumor, a trespasser, a most unwelcome guest.

It's like the 1986 movie Aliens, where Sigourney Weaver fights off a horde of alien invaders inside her spaceship. Same-sex attraction was like one of those aliens—not part of the ship—just freeloading, wreaking havoc, and ripping people apart. So it was simply a matter of beating it back into outer space.

The problem with fighting same-sex attraction is that, unlike a 12-foot tall alien, it's invisible.

You know it's there. You see its effects. But you can't touch it, can't punch it, can't roast it with your flame-thrower.

You feel like a shirtless old man in whitey-tighties swinging wildly in the night at a ghost he swears he's heard a thousand times. And fighting an invisible enemy is something crazy people do. Being gay can make you feel crazy sometimes."

 

Feb 03, 2017
Episode 17 • On Choosing to Be Gay
07:25

"I think I was like a lot of people in that I WANTED it to be a choice. If gay is a choice, I thought, then it makes the Christian theology of it so much simpler. Religion is hard, because it requires faith. It's mysterious and, at times, inscrutable. Faith is the bridge that gets us through the uncertainty, but it's tough to hang with faith sometimes. Because of this, people of faith love the parts of it that are certain and agreed upon by everyone. I know I do..."

Feb 03, 2017
Episode 16 • Leaving Home, Coming Out
15:13

"But those who have kept pet secrets know they are hard to keep caged. They thrash and bite and wiggle around inside of you. They aren't well behaved, and they have a life of their own. All that inner chaos had become too much for me. I couldn't keep hiding it, but I needed someone who I could trust 100 percent. I needed ironclad, lockdown, never-tell-a-soul, government-grade confidentiality. I'm talking Area 51 style secrecy. People with big secrets know there's a giant difference between someone you can 99% trust and someone you can 100% trust..."

Feb 03, 2017
Episode 15 • The Art of Distraction
11:45

Everyone deals with their pain somehow. Brett discloses his coping mechanism of choice...

Feb 03, 2017
Episode 14 • How Did I Become Gay?
08:17

"Maybe it was because that cat slept in my bed every night. I mean . . . my brothers aren't gay, and they DEFINITELY DIDN'T have a cat sleeping with them every night. Maybe it's because our family had small dogs. Maybe we should have had bigger, manlier dogs. idk. Maybe it was because dad never took me hunting when I was a kid . . . shooting wild animals might have made me straight."

Feb 03, 2017
Episode 13 • On Broken Machines
10:34

"Because of its near universality, heterosexuality is one of the most unifying forces in all of humanity...Imagine missing that one key piece of your humanity and what that would feel like. It's a slow terror. And once you are gripped by that fear, a glowing red-hot brand ascends from the depths of the earth, up through rock and soil, and bursts forth to sear three black words right onto your heart . . .
You.
Are.
Broken
Part of being young and gay is the feeling of being broken, of being trapped inside a fleshy machine that is inexplicably flawed. And you have no idea why." 

Feb 03, 2017
Episode 12 • Girls Girls Girls
09:04

"Boobs have always kinda freaked me out. They're very scary to me, and the thought of touching one is like the thought of touching a wet bag of earthworms..."

Feb 03, 2017
Episode 11 • A Good Good Father
08:47

The most emotional episode from the series....

Feb 03, 2017
Episode 10 • Get Thee Behind Me Ooltewah
08:59

"One of the lesser known burdens of being gay is that you live a lot of your life in your head. At a young age, you start having little conversations with yourself. And you keep having them—over and over and over again. And the conversations evolve . . . they intensify. They're all about how you got this way, and what went wrong, and what if so-and-so finds out, and what if _________ or _________ or _________ happens. These conversations are led by fear, fueled by self-doubt, and they all end with the same urgent warning echoing around in my skull: "TELL NO ONE.” A beautiful world spins around us—wild with life—pulsating with the beats of festival-joy, and here we are, staring at a cracked mirror hung crooked on the concrete walls of our minds. And this constant internal chatter, this constantly bubbling brain babble is never-ending . . .It's time-consuming, stressful, exhausting. It's a unique prison. It's an on-ramp to narcissism. It's like a starving man diving into a feast and then discovering it's his own soul he's eating..."

Feb 02, 2017
Episode 9 • Earning my Man Badge
09:18

"Part of me wonders if I was running back then, running from the very faint idea that just maybe this badness was inside of me, like a crocodile—waiting—nestled deep in cold mud at the bottom of a lake. Maybe sports was my attempt at misdirection—a front, a mask, a smokescreen. I don't know, really. I know I genuinely liked sports, and they were fun for me. I always felt very manly in high school, at least in the Southern traditional sense of the word. I didn't mind sweating or getting dirty. I've always liked being a man..." 

Feb 02, 2017
Episode 8 • Learning About the H-Word
08:42

"A few years earlier, in junior high, I first noticed that I looked at the boys more. It was very subtle and innocent. It was like I envied them...I wanted them to like me. It didn't feel like a sexual attraction back then, but they definitely caught my eye. It never crossed my mind that this could be ho-mo-sex-u-a-li-ty. But I knew what the "h" word was by then because the Christian culture had already schooled me in it. I knew allll about it..."

Feb 02, 2017
Episode 7 • Life as a Youth
07:47

Brett is crushed by the worst news of his life...

Feb 02, 2017
Episode 6 • What Happened on the Carpet
14:25

Brett has a bizarre spiritual encounter on the floor of a church in Pensacola, Florida.

Feb 02, 2017
Episode 5 • There's Something Happening in Pensacola
07:32

"For me church had always just been a very ho-hum thing. Pastor's kids can get jaded to it all because we're around church stuff so much. It's just another part of your life like school or sports or video games. That's how Christianity was to me. If Christianity was a football game, I'd just casually glance at it on the TV on Sunday afternoons. But I certainly wasn't on the field..."

Feb 02, 2017
Episode 4 • Bye Bye Love
09:42

A dark movie theater and a first kiss...

Feb 02, 2017
Episode 3 • Home and School
08:09

"I was small and gangly—like a little spider monkey amongst gorillas—so I couldn't do much damage. But I knew one surefire way to get the big guys' attention: pinching. I'd hang on the fringes and then swoop in like a tiny crab from hell..."

Feb 02, 2017
Episode 2 • The Christ-Haunted South
08:59

"Being a preacher’s kid in a small town is a low form of southern royalty, and I was aware of this at an early age. As a kid I could basically wander the halls of our big old church at will, anytime, without interference. No one questioned a Trapp boy—not the organ player, or my Sunday School teachers, or the janitor...especially not the janitor."

Feb 02, 2017
Episode 1 • Shofars in the Suburbs
09:34

The story begins on a rainy night in Alabama as a group of Baptists march through the night with rams' horns in hands, praying for the miracle of a lifetime.

Feb 01, 2017
Prologue • The Mud on our Shoes
08:53

"In the American South, homosexuality is often viewed as a spiritual issue. But for me, it's always just been a physiological one—like sneezing or sweating or laughing."

Feb 01, 2017