It’s Time for Conservative Christians To Take Responsibility For Transphobia

LGBT advocates are still grieving — will long be grieving — the loss of Leelah Alcorn, a 17-year-old transgender girl who committed suicide partly because of her religious parents’ rejection of her identity. Her death has reignited a national conversation about the struggles transgender youth face, and the devastating effects that can result when they aren’t met with love and support.

But all sensitivity is lost on the religious right, who are jumping to prove that Leelah’s death was the result of her own selfish “disorder.”

For example, in a blog post last week, the Illinois Family Institute’s Laurie Higgins asked, “is theologically orthodox Christianity to blame for Josh [sic] Alcorn’s suicide?”

We don’t even need to point out that the entire post misgenders Leelah, using male pronouns and her birth name. That’s par for the course when it comes to conservative Christian “analysis” of trans issues.

But even having the common decency to use her name wouldn’t make up for how Higgins tries to break down the circumstances of Leelah’s death. Here’s a list of possible explanations she offers for Leelah’s suicide, as well as the despair suffered by so many other LGBT teenagers, particularly those who are trans:

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Married Pastor Tells NPR He’s Attracted To Men, but He’s Not Gay

TLC’s weird upcoming show My Husband’s Not Gay has sparked a wave of a new kind of coming-out: Christian men who are open about their same-sex attraction, despite being married to women.

NPR recently featured one of these stories, about a Presbyterian pastor in Pennsylvania who has experienced same-sex attraction since he was a kid. His name is Allan Edwards, he’s married to Leeanne Edwards, and they’re expecting a baby in July.

In the NPR story, he talks about how his faith has shaped his identity:

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Josh Duggar: I Fight Non-Discrimination Laws Because LGBT People Deserve “Love and Respect”

The Duggar family will not shut up about how much they hate LGBT people, but they’re not brave enough to admit it.

While guest-hosting a program put on by the anti-LGBT Family Research Council, Pastor Richard Land spoke with Josh Duggar (below), one of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” darlings and now an FRC employee.

Duggar and his family recently spearheaded a movement to overturn a nondiscrimination bill in Fayetteville, Arkansas, which would have protected LGBT people from discrimination in employment, housing and public affairs. Since before the measure was even introduced, his family has served as the face of the anti-equality movement in Arkansas, perhaps best characterized by a robocall from matriarch Michelle Duggar comparing transgender people to sexual predators.

Here’s the clip of Land interviewing Duggar:

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Right-Winger: Gay Kids Are Recruiting Vulnerable Christian Kids to LGBT Clubs and Ruining Their Lives

You know how LGBT people try to *recruit* others to join them in spreading the gay agenda?

*crickets chirp*

Apparently, “gay clubs” in public schools do the same thing. And word on the street is they target Christian kids.

You remember infamous pastor/politician Gordon Klingenschmitt, who claims that LGBT people want to execute Christians and that Obamacare causes cancer. He recently welcomed Brian Camenker, of the anti-gay group MassResistance, onto his program “Pray In Jesus Name” to discuss how gay kids are ruining education as we know it.

Here’s their conversation, from a video collected by Right Wing Watch:



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Pat Robertson: Gays “Will Die Out Because They Don’t Reproduce”

Pat Robertson‘s show The 700 Club has brought us yet another gem about the nature of human attraction and reproduction.

Here’s the video, collected by Right Wing Watch:



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