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Legalized Discrimination Repackaged as Religious Freedom

  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 […]

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The Secret Weapon the Church Never Planned On – Passionate Parents of LGBT Children

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Holding Religious Leaders Accountable for Damage to LGBT Youth

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 […]

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Please Help LGBT Russian Youth in Crisis

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Moving Beyond Steve Anderson

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Giving Tuesday

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. […]

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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 […]

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So Now What ? | Tim Rymel, Guest Post

“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 […]

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Why Dr. Brown’s Failure to Answer Matthew Vines’ Question is So Important

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 […]

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“Walking the Bridgeless Canyon” Ready for Pre-Orders

Walking the Bridgeless Canyon: Repairing the Breach between the Conservative Church and the LGBT Christian Community is ready for pre-sales and will be released in June 2014. In 2001, Kathy Baldock, a straight conservative Evangelical Christian, met Netto Montoya, a lesbian Native American, on the local hiking trails near her home in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Their friendship challenged […]

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God and the Gay Christian — The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships by Matthew Vines

God and the Gay Christian — The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships by Matthew Vines is an important book for the conservative Christian church, now. Vines presents clear and well-sequenced arguments to support a more accurate interpretation of six passages in the Bible which have been used to exclude lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) […]

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Transgender Marriage — Before God

This is one of six stories is in the chapter of the book “Walking the Bridgeless Canyon – Repairing the Breach between the Conservative Church and the LGBT Christian Community.” (May 2014) A Biblical case for same-sex marriage is based upon the covenant, selfless, sacrificial requirements of Ephesians 5 and the one flesh demand for covenant of Genesis […]

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