What We See: Some Thoughts on Julie Rodgers’s Resignation from Wheaton

Earlier this week Julie Rodgers posted a characteristically forthright and gentle explanation of her shift in belief: "Though I’ve been slow to admit it to myself, I’ve quietly supported same-sex relationships for a while now." This is why she's just resigned from her post with evangelical Wheaton College's chaplaincy. The post touches on some of the topics that have shadowed my conversation with Justin Lee, and which I plan to return to in my final post in our dialogue, including the way that Ch … [Read more...]

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“Gay Christians Choosing Celibacy Emerge from the Shadows”

Good intro-type piece at the Washington Post, featuring many friends of mine! When Eve Tushnet converted to Catholicism in 1998, she thought she might be the world’s first celibate Catholic lesbian. Having grown up in a liberal, upper Northwest Washington home before moving on to Yale University, the then-19-year-old knew no other gay Catholics who embraced the church’s ban on sex outside heterosexual marriage. Her decision to abstain made her an outlier. “Everyone I knew totally rejected it,” … [Read more...]

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“Gay, Christian, And… Celibate”: Religion News Service

everybody's doin' it!: When Julie Rodgers came out as a lesbian at age 17, her mom responded by taking her to an ex-gay ministry in Dallas. Rodgers had grown up in a nondenominational evangelical church where she assumed being gay wasn’t an option.“With ex-gay ministries, it gave me the space to be honest about my sexuality,” said Rodgers, now 28. Yet that same honesty eventually led her away from ex-gay ministries.Rodgers spent several years in Exodus, the now-defunct ex-gay ministry, b … [Read more...]

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“Celibate LGBT Christians: The Mainstream Gay Community Should Be More Welcoming”

A very generous piece at Slate, in which I'm cited: Far from the mainstream LGBTQ experience of pride parades and marriages, Outward and the Advocate, there exists a small, tight-knit group of LGBTQ people who, though fully out, remain committed to conservative Christian prohibitions on gay sexual activity. While some refer to themselves as SSA or “same-sex attracted” as a means of distancing themselves from queer identities, others proudly use the LGBT or LGBTQ initialisms that highlight their … [Read more...]

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