Colbert Covers A Gay Mayor In Eastern Kentucky

Watch the whole thing up to the poignant ending. Tears started rolling for me with the remark at 4:27. Relatedly, I recommend you read Zach Booth’s guest post on Camels With Hammers from April of last year entitled “Another View From Mississippi”. Zach has gone on to recently get a regular writing gig at Occupy.com. [Read More...]

Defense of Marriage Act Section 3 Declared Unconstitutional; Court Refuses To Rule on Prop 8

Read the opinions here. The conclusion: The class to which DOMA directs its restrictions and restraints are those persons who are joined in same-sex marriages made lawful by the State. DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty. It imposes a disability [Read More...]

Talking About Gay Marriage and Prostitution on The Ashley F. Miller Show

Ashely F. Miller of the blog Ashley F. Miller¬†hosted her inaugural episode of The Ashley F. Miller Show and Mavaddat Javid and I were her guests. First we speculated about the prospects for this week’s Supreme Court rulings on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Then we talked about themes brought up in [Read More...]

A Christian Friend Told Me This Video Made Him Pro-Gay

A Christian friend told me this video convinced him homosexuality wasn’t sinful after all. So, I figured I would offer it for Christian readers to consider and for pro-gay friends, whether Christian or otherwise, to pass on to their Christian friends, whether they be pro-gay or anti-gay. [Read more...]

Philosophical Advice For A Bisexual Activist With Potential Homophobic Housemate

The onus shouldn’t always be on LGBT people to come out or to justify themselves. But sometimes pragmatically they need to come out. How can they do this while challenging oppressive, heteronormative conventions and power dynamics? [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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