Some who oppose the possibility of Christian marriage for gay and transgender people assert that same-sex relationships violate the divinely-inspired need for gender differences or anatomical differences. What does complementarily mean? You’ll frequently hear or read the word “complementarity” used to support the “one man and one woman” Christian marriage. In its simplest form, as […]
On June 19, 2015, Family Research Council (FRC) published a position paper to critique and describe the transgender movement and ideology as they perceive it. The opening sentences of “Understanding and Responding to the Transgender Movement” pronounce, “In recent decades, there has been an assault on the sexes.” This is only the beginning of the academic problems used to […]
This guest post is written by Yvette Cantu Schneider, a former policy analyst for Family Research Council and former head of Women’s Ministry of Exodus International. In a public declaration for GLAAD in July 2014, Schneider denounced reparative therapy and the work of anti-gay policy makers. Schneider will be the new Director of Advocacy and Policy for Canyonwalker Connections. Because […]
I’m never surprised when someone who claimed not to be gay suddenly announces that, surprise, they actually are gay. Like I’ve said many times before, I haven’t met a so-called ex-gay man I didn’t think was still gay. Not one. It’s one of many reasons I left the Christian Right and the advocacy work I […]
Alan Turing Alan Turing, the Anglican priest, and the Religious Right — the trio appears as if a list from an SAT test with one of them not fitting. However, in this case, all three flow together in an interesting progression. Alan Turing (1912–1954) is known as the “father of computer science,” the “father of […]
On a lovely October evening, I spent three delightful hours talking with Dr. Kenneth Lewes, a pioneer who challenged the American Psychoanalytic Association’s (APsaA) stances on homosexuality in the late 1980s. Dr. Lewes had already graciously given me over two hours of his time on a phone call several months before and had fact-checked a […]
I am often asked for resources and information about sexual orientation and gender identity as they intersect with faith. Please check on my blog link for a full list of book resources and video resources. The book I most recommend most often for transgender Christians, or those who want to learn more about this subject […]
Focus on the Family, a conservative Christian ministry, wants high school and college-aged students to join them in their “truth telling” sacred bullying-in-Jesus-Name of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community during Day of Dialogue. Even when words are wrapped in heart-themed paper and tied with a “Jesus-loves-you” ribbon, if there is something rotten at […]
Timothy Kurek is a fine story teller. I read a few chapters from his book The Cross in the Closet a few years ago when I met him at a conference we were both attending. It is admirable that a young straight man would undertake a radical experiment to confront his own homophobia and judgments on a group […]
In September 2012, I attended the inaugural conference for Restored Hope Network (RHN) at Sunrise Community Church in Sacramento, CA. The forming committee for RHN had been gathering for several months in response to the belief that Exodus International was straying from its roots. When they concluded that their differences with Exodus were irreparable, several Exodus member ministries […]
For almost forty years, the Christian church has been funneling their members who “struggle with homosexuality” towards “reparative therapy”. At the core of that “change” process from homosexuality to heterosexuality is one of three false beliefs about the “causes” of homosexuality: inappropriate parenting that has lead to the need to express sexuality and interests towards the […]
A kind woman, who would never intentionally offend another person, writes: “I love gay people, I just cannot support their gay lifestyle.” A pastor stands at the pulpit, holding an electric cord as a prop, and warns the congregation, “Don’t mess with God’s original design. Gay sex is not natural, the parts don’t fit.” A […]
Exodus International is a “worldwide network of men and women who have found freedom from homosexuality, and the largest Christian ministry dealing with this topic in the world today.” At 25, Mary was in absolute despair and believed she was alone as a Christian struggling with lesbianism. She had been involved in several unhealthy […]
The single greatest lie the Christian church tells about the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community is that sexual orientation and gender identity are not innate. Supporting this lie are complexly interwoven systems rooted in churches, faiths, ethnic groups, political parties and social structures. How can this possibly be untangled and deconstructed with Christian integrity […]
The two objections I hear most in withholding full equality for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (glbt) community are: “being gay is a choice,” and “being gay is a result of destructive family dynamics or early negative sexual imprint.” Both these objections inherently label being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender a “behavior” and not […]
“Loosen the chains of injustice, untie the cords of the yoke, set the oppressed free and break every yoke. Then you will be called Repairer of the Breach.” Isaiah 58
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- Gays Didn’t “Steal” the Rainbow or the Word
- Resources to Share and Help Educate for Support of Marriage Equality & Christian Same-Sex Marriage
- Is Procreation an Imperative for Christian Marriage?
- Does Christian Marriage Require Complementarity?
- The Long Road to Marriage Equality in America Began in 1968
- Marriage is an American Civil Right
- The Shifting Definition of Marriage
- A Christian Case for Support of Biblical Same-Sex Marriage