Responses To Claims That LGBT Labels “Shouldn’t Matter”

Lala Stone is a journalism masters degree candidate at the University of Texas at Austin. In response to my fairly widely read post from the summer Why Do We Need Labels Like “Gay”, “Bi”, “Trans”, and “Cis”? she sent me some interview questions for a long form article she’s writing about sexual minorities who refuse to [Read More...]

Why Do We Need Labels Like “Gay”, “Bi”, “Trans”, and “Cis”?

In this post I want to address skepticism about identity labels. I want to deal with people who say things like the following: People shouldn’t have to identify as gay or straight or bi, they should just be people. Or People shouldn’t identify as gay or bi because that’s defining yourself by who you want [Read More...]

For The Bible Tells Me So, A Documentary Chronicling Conservative Christian Homophobia

Since Tuesday, I have been talking about the devastating impact of the conservative Christian church on LGBT youth. The other night, via an old Libby Anne post I serendipitously happened upon this relevant documentary called For the Bible Tells Me So, which is all about how conservative Christians demonize gays and what it’s like growing up gay [Read More...]

An Empirical Study of the Link Between Suicidal LGBT Youth and Religious Upbringing

On Wednesday, I published a piece placing some of the blame for the horrifying rates of LGBT youth homelessness and suicidal tendencies on the conservative Christian churches that are raising their children in a toxically homophobic environment that not only demonizes their homosexuality as sinful but in no small part defines the Christian identity in [Read More...]

How I Wish The Homosexuality Debate Would Go

Trevin Wax at The Gospel Coalition wrote a hypothetical conversation between an anti-homosexuality Christian pastor and a pro-gay talk show host called “How I Wish the Homosexuality Debate Would Go”. Since this article was recommended on Facebook no less than 18,000 times, I take it that many Christians found it reasonable, likely even taking it to be an ideal representation of their own views. So, I want to take seriously this Christian speaking for many other Christians in his own fictional representative’s words. In this post, I offer the remarks I would make were I also on this show, responding to the hypothetical pastor’s each comment. [Read more...]

After I Deconverted: I Was Deeply Ambivalent; What Was I to Make of Sex, Love, Alcohol, Bisexuality, Abortion, 9/11, Religious Violence, Marxism, or the Yankees?

This is a long installment of my ongoing series covering my journey before, during, and after my deconversion from Christianity. Since I think it is interesting how all the ambivalences, contradictions, anxieties, and displacements that I was experiencing parallel and inform each other, I am deciding to post it all as one episode in the series, rather than break each easily isolatable vignette into its own post. For the busy or the short attention spanned, I have made it easier to read in multiple sittings or to skim by breaking it into subsections according to themes. [Read more...]

I Debate My Friend, an Openly Gay Benedictine Monk, about the Catholic Church and its Views on Gays

Bede Hazlet, an openly gay Benedictine monk, and I vigorously debate the moral and intellectual value of Roman Catholic authoritarianism and the Church’s views on gays. We also talk about Bede’s struggles with depression, the monastic life of celibacy, and whether celibacy infantilizing priests contributed to the child rape scandals in the Catholic church. [Read more...]

How I Deconverted: My Closeted Gay Best Friend Became A Nihilist and Turned Suicidal

The most decisive chapter in my process of deconversion explained. [Read more...]

How I Deconverted: My Closest and Seemingly “Holiest” Friend Came Out As Gay

As a 20 year old conservative Evangelical at one of America’s most conservative Evangelical colleges, I was stunned when my best and most seemingly “holy” friend came out as gay. [Read more...]


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