She made a promise to come out by the time she was 35, saying, “Thirty-five is half a life.
At 16, she received an exorcism at a Christian youth camp.
When her feelings remained the same, she “began to disconnect.” Music became her “one outlet.” What followed was an incredibly lonely and painful period that she tried to fill with work.
She counts among her close friends the daughter of Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury.
She received a BA and a Masters in theology at Oxford University, spent over a decade in the States recording Christian music, then returned to the UK to pursue a doctoral degree at Durham University, focusing on social media (she was an early social media adopter and has over 50 thousand followers on Twitter) as well as the theology of human sexuality.
She would “perform endlessly, ensuring every birthday and public holiday was booked up,” even if her performances went against her personal beliefs.
In 2008 Beeching was booked at mega-churches all over California for events that supported Prop 8. “I would find myself at these events that were anti-equal-marriage rallies, but I was only booked to sing so there was no way I could say anything.
If you, like me, don’t know anything about Christian rock music, let me give you some background: Vicky Beeching grew up in Canterbury, Kent, UK, where she began writing songs at an early age and leading worship in her teens.
Her family was conservative Christian, at first Pentecostal then evangelical Church of England.
But despite losing so much she gained far more: she was finally able to live from a place of wholeness, vulnerability, and authenticity. What’s more, Vicky became a champion for others, fighting for LGBT equality in the church and in the corporate sector.