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Jason Masters is a remarkable man with an inspiring story. With a diverse background as a corporate director and business leader, Jason possesses vast expertise in technology, risk management, auditing, and governance and has made significant contributions across numerous industries and domains. His impressive repertoire includes serving on the boards of both private and public entities in finance, healthcare, non-profit, and consulting, in addition to chairing and being an independent member of Audit and Risk Committees for healthcare institutions, both public and non-profit, and local government bodies.
Jason is not only a successful businessman but also an accomplished author. His first book, “A Journey Towards Acceptance: An Evolving Memoir,” is a powerful personal account of his experiences as the firstborn child of a WWII veteran, his Christian faith, and his journey towards self-acceptance as a gay man.
At the tender age of fifteen, the physician in charge of his father’s care sounded an alarm bell, urging Jason and his mother to step off the eggshells and prioritize their well-being. Though Jason had sensed some divergence in his sexual orientation, he was oblivious to the gravity of the situation and was forced to suppress his true self by his father. The memoir delves into his journey with Christianity and his two-decade-long marriage to a woman before initiating the excruciating coming-out conversation with his children and ex-wife.
Jason’s book has catapulted him into the limelight, transforming him into an “accidental activist” and a trailblazing champion for the LGBTIQA+ community. Armed with his eloquence and mastery of the subject, Jason serves as a consultant, trainer, and speaker on matters of mental health and inclusion for LGBTIQA+ individuals and their allies. He is sought after for his insights into the complexities of the coming-out process and conflict management and provides support to employers on how best to create safe spaces for those in the throes of the coming-out journey. Additionally, Jason is at the forefront of the discourse surrounding the intersection between religious beliefs and LGBTIQA+ rights, offering his expertise to corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and the public sector.
Jason’s story serves as a beacon of hope to all who grapple with their sexual identity, especially those who hail from religious backgrounds. His book is not merely a personal account of his journey but a potent instrument for promoting awareness and advocating for the marginalized. Although the narrative of men marrying women and later coming out is not unheard of, few have had the courage to publicly document their experiences. It takes a profound level of vulnerability and candor, which is a rarity in most memoirs.
Jason’s book is critical to the ongoing global discourse surrounding LGBTIQA+ rights. It offers a stark reminder that the LGBTIQA+ community still wrestles with a multitude of challenges and that support from allies is pivotal to effecting positive change. In a bid to foster inclusivity and amplify the voices of minority groups, including people with disabilities, refugees, and the LGBTIQ+ community, Jason has spearheaded a publishing house, “Advocating for Humanity: Media and Publishing.” This initiative aims to encourage and empower these underrepresented groups to share their experiences through the power of storytelling.
In today’s world, where people from diverse backgrounds are too often overlooked, Jason’s book stands as a testament to the transformative power of storytelling and the importance of diversity and inclusion. It inspires not only the LGBTIQA+ community but all those who have suffered through adversity and discrimination. Jason’s personal journey towards self-acceptance is a poignant reminder that despite our differences, we are all human, and our unique qualities should be celebrated rather than shunned.
Jason Masters is a true champion of human rights, and his book is a must-read for anyone interested in the ongoing struggle for LGBTIQA+ rights.