NEW BOOK - Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology And Fighting For The Woman I Love 2

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  1. When I Came Out as Gay, the Church of Scientology Humiliated Me.

    Elle Magazine: When I Came Out as Gay, the Church of Scientology Humiliated Me.

    As told to Rose Minutaglio.

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    For years, Michelle LeClair, 45, was a prominent member of the Church of Scientology. She claims to have donated an estimated $5 million to the Church and claims to have acted as a spokesperson when Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes had a baby. In her new memoir, Perfectly Clear, LeClair, a mother of four, says the Church targeted and humiliated her for being gay when she came out, ultimately leading to her defection. The Church denies her claims, telling they're "pure fiction."

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  2. PODCAST: Escaping Scientology and Late In Life Lesbianism.

    Heather McDonald: Juicy Scoop - Ep 273 - Escaping Scientology and Late In Life Lesbianism

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    Episode Description:

    Heather interviews Michelle LeClair, author of Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology and fighting for the Woman I Love about what it was like to leave Scientology when you aren’t famous but gave a lot of money and were high in the church. Heather witnesses filming of The Bachelor in Maui and gives hilarious recaps of RHOC and RHOD.

    The Scoop:

    I picked up the people magazine with Michelle LeClaire on the cover and talked about her story on the show. I was so intrigued by her story that we reached out and I was so excited to do an interview with her. I wasn’t able to read the whole book before interviewing her but I did read parts of it and it was super juicy.

    We did the interview over Skype she was really lovely, attractive and really open about everything that has happened to her. There wasn’t one question she wasn’t willing to answer.

    I love learning more about Scientology and how people get sucked into it. More importantly how they let the people who are not as important and don’t give as much money go, they just let them walk out. It’s the big donors like her or the famous people that have a harder time leaving. I thought that was something that finally really made sense to me about how all the stuff is going on in Scientology.

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  3. Incredulicide Member

  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    Atlanta woman writes about her escape from Scientology | Bristol Herald Courier


    “Nobody cares what the Church of Scientology has to say anymore. They are like the little man behind the curtain who doesn’t have the strength and power he thought he had. Everyone is aware this is a cult that is built on lies,” LeClair said.
  5. An attention whore/con artist ^^^gets lots of attention^^^
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  6. PODCAST - Escaping Scientology: Michelle LeClair of Perfectly Clear: A Personal and Legal Journey.

    Law Talk with BJ - Escaping Scientology: Michelle LeClair of Perfectly Clear: A Personal and Legal Journey

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    In this episode, BJ talks with Michelle LeClair, former Scientologist and author of Perfectly Clear about her personal and legal journey.

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  7. She looks and acts like a biological robot.
  8. This Lesbian Escaped Scientology. She's Now Ringing the Alarm.

    The Advocate: This Lesbian Escaped Scientology. She's Now Ringing the Alarm


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    For decades, Michelle LeClair was a faithful disciple of the Church of Scientology. Giving her time, money, and relationships over to the secretive organization, LeClair was a convert of the highest order. But when LeClair met a gay woman named Charlie, her life was upended and her eyes began to open to the church's many questionable practices. In her new memoir with Robin Gaby Fisher, Perfectly Clear, LeClair describes her escape from the church's clutches and her enduring love for Charlie. LeClair spoke to The Advocate about the memoir and why she calls the Church of Scientology a "cult" that's complicit in "conversion therapy."

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    What does your spirituality look like now?

    I was baptized Episcopal. Obviously, All Saints in Pasadena [Calif.] is one of the most amazing churches out there and at the forefront of gay rights. That’s kind of our home now. Tina, who is Charlie in the book, is Episcopal. Ed Bacon, who was one of the priests that was there, really helped walk me back down my spiritual path. I tell you that I will never be dogmatic about a religion again. I do not believe anyone has the secret to the universe or knows all. I cannot tell you that I believe that the Bible is 100 percent true. It is a beautiful, accepting place for me now, and I want to have something spiritual.

    I believe in God. I believe that there is a much greater, powerful something out there in the world, but I cannot say that the Episcopal Church is better than a synagogue. I have some amazing Jewish friends that I think are just some of the most compassionate, wonderful people. I read a lot of Buddhism and Tao and Hinduism. Mark Nepo, who is a writer, who is one of my very favorites, combines all religions in his writings. I would say that I am not a seeker so much as I am a sponge. I pray, I meditate, I try to follow what I believe is the truth. I believe that loving everyone for who they are and not being judgmental is truth. I believe that silence will help you find the voice that you’re looking for. I think being a compassionate person is one of the greatest gifts that we can have. That’s what I’m trying to teach the children. As long as they see love wrapped around them, I think they’ll be able to find their way and we’ll find our way. I think love is my greatest religion.

    With LGBTQ people, it’s sort of just assumed that they’re not religious, for good reason, because churches and other institutions have been so resistant to us. It’s a shame because there is a desire for so many of us to be spiritual but we don’t feel welcome.

    So true! I have found a beautiful home at All Saints. It is the most accepting and loving place that I have ever been inside of church walls. I have met many, many gay couples; they do gay weddings. It’s been a beautiful place. I know that there are many other churches that are just as accepting. I think that it is important, especially for the gay community to realize that spirituality is something that touches us all. Whether you only believe that there is this universe that we all have connection in, or if you believe that there is a higher power, if you believe in Jesus or if you don’t, I do think spirituality is something that is important in our lives. Sometimes we have to make sense of why are we going through. I believe in karma, and I hope that anybody who is hurting or has been wronged by a religion will not give up on this wonderful universe of love and that comes from somewhere.

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  9. Being gay in Scientology: How Michelle LeClair got out.

    While this article certainly addresses Scientology and its teachings regarding gay people, it also places MIchelle LeClair's story in a much larger contemporary non-Scientology context.

    Big Think: Being gay in Scientology: How Michelle LeClair got out

    DEREK BERES 05 October, 2018

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    * Michelle LeClair survived rape, violence, and surveillance, and is now speaking out against the Church of Scientology.

    * In her new memoir, Perfectly Clear, she details her harrowing story.

    * The church promotes a culture of submission and fear, she says, and is seeking new avenues to retain member

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  10. Although it is not about Scientology, I believe it may be worthy of note the book by Tena Clark, Michelle LeClair's life partner, was published on October 2, 2018.

    Southern Discomfort: A Memoir


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    For readers of beloved memoirs like Educated and The Glass Castle, a riveting and profoundly moving memoir set in rural Mississippi during the Civil Rights era about a white girl coming of age in a repressive society and the woman who gave her the strength to forge her own path—the black nanny who cared for her.

    Tena Clark was born in 1953 in a tiny Mississippi town close to the Alabama border, where the legacy of slavery and racial injustice still permeated every aspect of life. On the outside, Tena’s childhood looked like a fairytale. Her father was one of the richest men in the state; her mother was a regal beauty. The family lived on a sprawling farm and had the only swimming pool in town; Tena was given her first car—a royal blue Camaro—at twelve.

    But behind closed doors, Tena’s life was deeply lonely, and chaotic. By the time she was three, her parents’ marriage had dissolved into a swamp of alcohol, rampant infidelity, and guns. Adding to the turmoil, Tena understood from a very young age that she was different from her three older sisters, all of whom had been beauty queens and majorettes. Tena knew she didn’t want to be a majorette—she wanted to marry one.

    On Tena’s tenth birthday, her mother, emboldened by alcoholism and enraged by her husband’s incessant cheating, walked out for good, instantly becoming an outcast in society. Tena was left in the care of her black nanny, Virgie, who became Tena’s surrogate mother and confidante—even though she was raising nine of her own children and was not allowed to eat from the family’s plates or use their bathroom. It was Virgie’s acceptance and unconditional love that gave Tena the courage to stand up to her domineering father, the faith to believe in her mother’s love, and the strength to be her true self.

    Combining the spirit of poignant coming-of-age memoirs such as The Glass Castle and vivid, evocative Southern fiction like Fried Green Tomatoes, Southern Discomfort is about the people and places that shape who we are—and is destined to become a new classic.

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  11. Wrong, it's not worthy.
  12. Former Scientologist Michelle LeClair claims she was targeted for being gay, but church denies allegations.

    Fox News: Former Scientologist Michelle LeClair claims she was targeted for being gay, but church denies allegations

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    A rep for the Church of Scientology told Fox News in a lengthy statement that . . .

    "Contrary to myths spread by Ms. LeClair and her publishers as they try to sell her book, the Church has no position on sexual orientation and told that to Ms. LeClair at the time she came out. The Church is on record as being opposed to discrimination of any sort, including on the basis of sexuality.”

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  14. 'Poster girl for Scientology' claims she was harassed into leaving sect because she came out as a lesbian

    Mail Online: 'Poster girl for Scientology' claims she was harassed into leaving sect because she came out as a lesbian

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    The Church of Scientology has adamantly denied LeClair's claims, and says they had nothing to do with her legal troubles.

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    'Contrary to myths spread by Ms. LeClair and her publishers as they try to sell her book, the Church has no position on sexual orientation and told that to Ms. LeClair at the time she came out.

    The Church is on record as being opposed to discrimination of any sort, including on the basis of sexuality.'

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  15. Michelle wrote:

    "Today, Tena and I live right outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Every day is all about our kids, who we are raising Episcopalian, the religion I was baptized. We get up bright and early in the morning to get everybody off to school. I love making the kids lunches and doing their hair."

    Too bad after her mother raising her as a Scientologist she is deciding for her children that they should be Episcopalian. Maybe she lacks a conscience that would help her to make rational choices in how to raise her children. Let them choose religion or not on their own and at whatever age they might want to.
  16. VIDEO: Out-FM Scientology Special Promo.

    Tune to Out-FM on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 on WBAI/NY 99.5FM or for a special on Scientology. The special will feature Michelle LeClair, author of "Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology And Fighting For The Woman I Love."

  17. Scientology, Homophobia and the Suspense of Disbelief.

    Out FM: Scientology, Homophobia and the Suspense of Disbelief

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    Scientology, Homophobia and the Suspense of Disbelief.

    Published: 14 October 2018


    Tune to Out-FM on Tuesday, Oct 16th from 8-10pm on WBAI/NY 99.5FM or for a special on Scientology, how it uses unethical means to enforse their will on those that oppose them and it’s anti-gay policy with a special focus on former high ranking leader Michelle LeClair, a lesbian.


    We'll present excerpts from the 3 time Emmy winning documentarly Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. The film focuses on a number of former Scientology executives that left the Church for various reasons. It details the unethical methods of the group which range from using “audit” sessions against a person, if they ran afoul of the church hierarchy. Auditing is a religious practice similar to confession. The church also employs its congregants as snitches to spy on other church members and write up their “violations”. Additionally they’ve been show to engage in illegal practices in harassing former members, especially those that speak out against the Church of Scientology.

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  18. Publishers' Weekly has a short interview with Michelle LeClair.

    Former Scientologist is ‘Perfectly Clear’ on Dangers of the Church

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    What do you hope readers will take away from it?

    I hope that when readers talk with their kids about not taking candy from strangers and not walking up to a van and pet a puppy they don’t know, that that also tell them to never ever walk into the Church of Scientology. As parents, we have to balance how to teach unconditional love and acceptance, but also teach discernment and a little bit of a critical eye so that groups like this cannot pull them in.

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  19. I commend her for helping Jesus guide her children in the right direction!!!!!
  20. "Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology and Fighting for the Woman I Love" praised by Lawrence Wright, Norman Lear, Debbie Allen and Pat Mitchell (Former President and CEO of PBS and Curator of TEDWOMEN).

  21. Michelle LeClair, author of "Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology and Fighting for the Woman I Love," to appear at GLAAD Gala in Atlanta.

    Georgia Voice: Transgender Advocate Amiyah Scott will be Honored at GLAAD Gala in Atlanta

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    Transgender advocate and actress on FOX’s “Star” Amiyah Scott will be honored at the 2018 GLAAD Atlanta Gala this Friday (November 9), GLAAD – the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization – announced today.

    The gala is a celebration of national and local leaders accelerating LGBTQ acceptance. The event will be hosted by actress and recording artist Kat Graham. Appearances at the gala will include “Walking Dead” actor Daniel Newman, TV news host Thomas Roberts, author Michelle LeClair, singer Tena Clarke, and reality star and singer Jermaine Sellers. The Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus will also perform.

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  22. Michelle LeClair speaks at GLAAD Gala Atlanta.

    The GA Voice: GLAAD Gala Atlanta Celebrates LGBTQ Stories and Advocates

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    The night included stories from Michelle LeClair and Tena Clark, a review of the Rainbow Wave we saw in this past election from GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, and an awarding of Amiyah Scott, transgender actress and activist, with GLAAD’s Rising Star Award.


    LeClair, an Atlanta-based author, shared her story of coming out while a part of the Church of Scientology, while Clark, an Atlanta-based singer, shared hers of growing up and coming out in rural Mississippi.

    “I once lived a lie in a so-called religion that said being gay was a horrible thing,” LeClair said. “I came out within an organization that sought to suppress who I was and who I loved.”

    “I am a story of the south, as I’m sure a lot of you are,” said Clark. “There wasn’t much space for living outside the lines beyond rigid gender roles and an old-fashioned, intolerant notion of who you could love.”

    The point of these stories? To exhibit the importance of representation and hearing LGBTQ stories that GLAAD holds at the core of its mission.

    “To me, what’s important is that our stories are shared with the LGBTQ community,” LeClair continued. “I feel that we all have stories to share… I know hearing stories like ours makes all the difference and I hope we can inspire others.”

    “GLAAD has played an absolute vital role in empowering all of us to share our truth,” Clark added.

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  23. New memoir recalls horrors of growing up in Scientology.

    Washington Blade: New memoir recalls horrors of growing up in Scientology

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    As a teenager, LeClair fooled around once with a female friend, which she had to confess to a fellow Scientologist, information that went into a file. Even after LeClair married and had children, her long-ago fling was flung in her face repeatedly, particularly after she tried to divorce her abusive husband. Scientology has long considered homosexuality repugnant, she was reminded, and that nagged at her enough to make her question this faith in which she’d been raised.

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  24. South Magazine: Dangerously Clear

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    Former Scientologist shares her saga of leaving the church after coming out.

    Looking back on the more than two decades she spent devoting an ever-increasing portion of her life — and her income — to the Church of Scientology, Michelle LeClair experiences a broad range of emotions.

    Embarrassment that she was duped into following what she now calls a cult. Worry for those still caught in the web. Relief that she is finally free.

    “It feels like another life, someone else’s story,” said LeClair, whose memoir, “Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology and Fighting for the Woman I Love,” was released in September and details her time in the church and the aftermath she had to deal with when she left.

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    After years of repressing her own sexuality through the church’s “auditing” sessions, which in LeClair’s case wound up acting as a form of gay conversion therapy, she challenged the church’s stance on homosexuality (which it claims to have struck down decades ago, but others insist it still enforces) after falling in love with record producer Tena Clark.

    She choose love, and the church didn’t take it well.

    “I knew the rules, but I recklessly talked myself into believing that, because I was a top donor, contributing millions to the church, my relationship with a woman would be tolerated, or at least ignored,” LeClair wrote in the opening chapter of her book. “I couldn’t have been more mistaken.”

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  25. VIDEO: Perfectly Clear: Escaping Scientology.

    Presentation via Skype in the Rector's Forum by Michelle LeClair at All Saints Church, Pasadena, on Sunday, February 3, 2019.

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