Amber Cantorna, Refocusing My Family

In her memoir, Refocusing My Family, Amber Cantorna unveils what it was like to be raised in one of the most anti-gay religious organizations still in existence today and how coming out as gay ousted her from the family she loved and burdened her with a degree of devastation that nearly took her life. With grace and transparency, Amber’s book sheds light on the harm that religious and family rejection reeks on the human soul, and offers to LGBTQ people and their religious families, a better way to love. Amber’s story of survival will release October 1st, 2017 from Fortress Press.

In support of her memoir, Amber will embark on a national speaking and book tour of over 15 cities this October​ to spread a message of truth, hope, and survival in the midst of a “new” historical divide between progressive and conservative perspectives. ​For media inquires, interviews, and event booking, contact Amber directly at the email address provided below.

Amber Cantorna is the founder and president of Beyond, a non-profit organization providing support to LGBTQ people as they navigate their coming out process. She is a sought-after speaker and has been featured in Huffington Post’s Religion column, as well as on Liberal America and other writing mediums. She has been interviewed on multiple podcasts including Benjamin L. Corey “That God Show,” and Cass Midgley’s “Everyone’s Agnostic,” and she blogs at

“No amount of theological posturing has the power of a story well told, and Amber Cantorna's ‘Refocusing My Family’ is a beautiful narrative of the journey from torment and shame to authenticity and hope. Wherever you find yourself in the LGBTQ debate, this book will get you thinking about what really matters.” -Rev. Dr. Paula Stone Williams, National Transgender Advocate and Former Editor-at-Large –Christian Standard Magazine

Event date: 
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Refocusing My Family: Coming Out, Being Cast Out, and Discovering the True Love of God Cover Image
ISBN: 9781506418797
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Published: Fortress Press - October 1st, 2017