Amber Cantorna is an author, speaker, musician, and coach with a passion for helping LGBTQ people through their coming out process, especially those that come from conservative faith communities. As the home-schooled daughter of a 30-year executive at Focus on the Family, she grew up entrenched in the values that the organization embodies, and her conservative Christian parents worked hard to protect her from the outside world. But when Amber came out as gay at the age of 27, she shattered the perfect persona that her family strove to uphold. As a result, she lost everything, and her world forever changed.
Now, five years later, Amber is married to the love of her life and dedicates her time to writing, speaking across the country, and sharing her story in order to bring hope to other LGBTQ people of faith. Her memoir, Refocusing My Family: Coming Out, Being Cast Out, and Discovering the True Love of God is now available everywhere books are sold. As Founder and President of Beyond, Amber is passionate about working for full inclusion of LGBTQ people in the church. With compassion that comes from experience she longs to bring hope to other LGBTQ people who are still struggling to reconcile their faith with their sexuality. She also desires to create conversations for change among the families, friends, and loved ones of LGBTQ people in order to guide them towards a place of full acceptance and inclusion.
Amber’s variety of experience has led her to speak at conferences across the country, as well as churches, community groups, leadership gatherings, company organizations and more. Her musical talent has taken her around the world performing both as a solo artist and in multiple musical groups and worship teams for churches, Bible study groups, community functions, and public events.
Amber currently works with Dove Award-winning artist and Grammy-nominee Jennifer Knapp to raise awareness of the Inside Out Faith Foundation and give LGBTQ people a voice and a safe place to share their story.
Amber has been featured in The Denver Post, 5280 Magazine, Huffington Post, Out Front Colorado, Patheos, Believe Out Loud, and other writing mediums. She has been interviewed on Colorado Matters CPR with Ryan Warner, Hemant Mehta’s The Friendly Atheist, Dr. Ken Schneck’s “This Show is So Gay,” and many others.
In her free time, Amber loves to hike and spend time in the mountains. Traveling is one of her favorite pastimes and she has a long Bucket List of places still to see! She also enjoys puzzling with her wife, reading in front of the fireplace at home, and hearing other people’s stories over coffee.
Amber currently lives in Denver, CO with her wife and two sweet pups, Half Pint and Little Anne.