“Am I gay?” This is a question many people ask themselves when they experience same sex attraction. Having been there, Mattson can respond with authority
that feelings of same sex attraction are not the same as being gay.
“Your identity, above all else, is you are a beloved son of God, loved by God the Father. All that you have longed for, and especially what you’re looking
for in the gay community, is really seeking out the love of the Father,” Mattson said during an interview with the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) while in Rome last week to promote the Italian
version of his book. Mattson will share his full testimony at The Brick House restaurant in Lake Charles June 15.
Mr. Mattson will also receive the Public Witness of the Year Award at the First Annual Ruth Institute Awards Dinner. The evening will also include an award
for Activism to Caryl Ayala of Austin, Texas, for her work as a Ruth Institute Book Club Leader. Last, but certainly not least, Dr. Mark Regnerus of
the University of Texas will receive an award for Scholarship for his book, Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy.