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Ted Hayes – Baptist Minister, Married Gay Man, & Widowed Octogenarian Activist

Tweet Ted Hayes was born Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in East Tennessee in the 1930s and 1940s; Tennessee was ground zero for fundamentalist Christianity. After serving in the Korean War, he earned his degree in chemistry at the University of Chattanooga. When he announced to his family that he was going to enter Southern Baptist […]

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

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 this […]

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Day of Dialogue | Sacred Bullying from Focus on the Family

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 rotten […]

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

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 a […]

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

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 member […]

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

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 towards […]

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Six Things Straight People Should Stop Saying about Gay People

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 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 man thinks […]

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Mary’s Exit from Exodus and Door to Freedom

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 several […]

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

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 Christian […]

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Sexual Orientation and Science | Hands

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” and […]

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Student Non Discrimination Act Needed to Protect GLBT Students from Bullying

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 and […]

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

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 gay […]

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Trans-Stonewall | Chaz Opens the Door

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.  “Hide […]

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Trans-mockery in the House of God? Get Educated

Tweet Mockery should never come from the House of God. Never.  As the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities find more acceptance in churches and in society, still left in the shadows and in the back corners hidden from  our kind considerations are the transgender people. I am witnessing them become the next target of […]

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TRANSMEN | TRANSWOMEN and the OCCASIONAL INTERSEXED PEOPLE

Tweet I cannot say why, but I have an unusually big soft spot for transmen and women. I am amazed at the journey they go through in life to just survive. Can you imagine waking up everyday and feeling like you are in the wrong body? Listen to the words of my friends. Try to […]

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