[FREE AUDIO: downloadable audio. The conversation at the intersection of faith and sexual orientation and gender identity within conservative Christian circle is often quite contentious. We would not think of ignoring scientific and medical advancements in our use of technology, assessment of cancer, or even growing crops. Yet, the same devotees of modern progress, ignore what is […]
I get a lot of mail. Occasionally, the juxtaposition of incoming messages solidify, once again, why I am dedicated to educating and engaging the conservative church on equality and full inclusion for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Christians. Yesterday, there were two notes sitting in my “other” box on Facebook. One was from a youth […]
In 2001, I met a lesbian hiker along my local hiking trails. That friendship with Netto shook loose my cultural judgments about gay people, yet my biblical dogma about gays and faith remained firmly intact. Over the next few years, though I socialized with gay and lesbian friends and their friends, I never encountered any who professed […]
I was talking to a friend after church yesterday and mentioned to him the new tactic and recent rash of “religious freedom/liberties” legislations being introduced in various states. He questioned, “What are they?” I told him, “These legislations would make it legal to discriminate against other Americans, in particular gay and transgender Americans, in business transactions […]
I have attended the Gay Christian Network (GCN) Conference for the past eight years. In 2007, the conference met in Seattle. There were under 200 attendees, and perhaps only two or three straight people in attendance. None were parents of gay children. In 2009, hoping to encourage more parents to attend, I was asked to lead […]
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 […]
Transgender 16 year-old Leelah Alcorn stepped in front of truck on an Ohio interstate at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, December 28th. She left behind an explicit explanatory note on her blog, which auto-posted after her death. The two-part post describes the root of Leelah’s despondency. From the age of four, she had sensed she was a […]
Last year many of you responded to a call for help for LGBT Russian youth in crisis. I’m back again to help a friend with a direct connection to a doctor working underground helping with medical care, HIV/AIDS medication and condoms. Last year a significant amount of money was raised through the connections I have […]
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 […]
Along with my gay and out friend, Chet DeRoen, a former Assemblies of God pastor, I attended Pastor Steve Anderson’s Sunday night service at Faithful Word Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona. Anderson had recently added a new absurdity to his litany of inane statements which already include: women should never speak in church, Judaism is […]
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 […]
Giving Tuesday was instituted in 2012 to create a national day to kick off the season of giving as a response to the consumerism and commercialization of the post-Thanksgiving season. After Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday and Cyber Monday comes an opportunity to channel a generous spirit to non-profit institutions that reflect ones personal ideals. […]
Walking the Bridgeless Canyon––Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the LGBT Community is Shipping
Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach Between the Church and the LGBT Community is now shipping! The book took longer to finish than I had expected. Waaaay longer. I’ve laughed numerous times with friends about the fact that often I didn’t know where the next chapter would lead. The original outline was tossed aside well over […]
“Perhaps conversion therapy seemed viable when homosexuality was still thought to be an illness; at this point, it is an idea whose time has come and gone” (Halderman). Those of us who endured the ex-gay movement can certainly agree with that statement. What makes it more significant, and a little disturbing, is that it was […]
Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian, debated Dr. Michael Brown, author of Can You Be Gay and Christian? on Up for Debate on Moody Radio on June 28, 2014. There was an almost imperceptible pause followed by a brush off that may have slipped by listeners. I want to highlight it so that […]
“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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