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It’s Time for a Change — Guest Post by Yvette Cantu Schneider

[Translate] Tweet 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 […]

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Alan Turing, the Anglican Priest, and the Lessons the Religious Right Ignored

[Translate] Tweet 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 […]

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How Did Homosexuality Come to be Labeled as a Mental Illness?

[Translate] Tweet 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 […]

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Transgender Christian Lisa Salazar’s Kindle Book 99¢ Sunday, March 30

[Translate] Tweet 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 […]

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Day of Dialogue | Sacred Bullying from Focus on the Family

[Translate] Tweet 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 […]

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“The Cross in the Closet” by Tim Kurek Reinforces Transphobia while Dealing with Homophobia

[Translate] Tweet 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 […]

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Back to the Start | The Real Roots of Exodus | Pt.I

[Translate] Tweet 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 […]

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Head of Exodus: Reparative Therapy (Gay to Straight) Does Not Work

[Translate] Tweet 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 […]

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Six Things Straight People Should Stop Saying about Gay People

[Translate] Tweet 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 […]

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Mary’s Exit from Exodus and Door to Freedom

[Translate] Tweet 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 […]

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Alan Chambers and the Message of Exodus at the Gay Christian Network Conference

[Translate] Tweet 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 […]

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Sexual Orientation and Science | Hands

[Translate] Tweet 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” […]

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Student Non Discrimination Act Needed to Protect GLBT Students from Bullying

[Translate] Tweet Casey, sixteen and gay, was being bullied by two students at his high school in Ohio. His youth pastor, a friend of mine, helped to secure a restraining order to protect him, but the principal downgraded the severity with a weaker solution.  He let Casey come to the office five minutes before classes ended […]

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Ten Things I’ve Learned About Gay People in Ten Years | A Christian Perspective

[Translate] Tweet In 2001, if you had asked me, “Kathy, can you be gay and Christian?”  I would have hedged a bit and fallen on the side of “No”.  I did not have any close relationships with gay people nor had I ever studied the issue in the Bible.  I did not even know one […]

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Trans-Stonewall | Chaz Opens the Door

[Translate] Tweet Forty years ago, the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities tumbled out of the closet at Stonewall, never to go back in again.  Stonewall conveniently produced a replacement for the now-gone communists; after all, nothing unites people like a good ol’ fashioned enemy!  Gay people became the new devil to be protected against.  […]

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