Andrew’s reflection upon yesterday’s LGBT massacre in Orlando. There is a time for anger and activism; healing and hope. Now is a time for mourning. Don’t let your anger for what happened turn into their hate. [Read more…]
In a Q & A for Andrew’s new book, he answers why he does not state his personal opinion about LGBT issues. [Read more…]
Download and share a concise infographic previewing some of my new book’s groundbreaking research findings about the LGBT community’s experience with religion. [Read more…]
I just got word that my ebook, Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square, is the Patheos Book Club’s book of the month. Check out the interview I did with Patheos editor Kathleen Mulhern about the impetus behind Our Last Option and how to make pluralism work. You can also read the Preface, Introduction, [Read More…]
Finally they voiced the deeper question that drove all their worries, “Are we wrong if we unconditionally love and support our son?”
I was caught off-guard and almost fell out of my chair. [Read more…]
How often do we really recognize full diversity of experience, expression and identity encompassed by the acronym LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender– and increasingly Queer: LGBTQ)? When we refer to this community as it is some kind of monolith, who gets ignored?
I’m joined today on the blog by my friend Eli, who is trans, to talk about the T in LGBT. He’ll be the first to tell you that he doesn’t speak for the entire trans community, and that his experience is innately unique. But like any experience, it’s valid. And I imagine it will resonate with many others, in and outside the trans community, who have been made to feel invisible. [Read more…]
This post is by Laura Statesir, our Director of Family and Youth:
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NIV)
For many years this verse was so important to me that I considered getting “faith”, “hope”, and “love” tattooed on my body. Over time the meaning of these promises has changed in my life. The innocent idealism of my youthful faith has given way to something deeper and yet less certain as I’ve struggled with reconciling my sexuality with my faith and with my interactions with my Christian communities.
At the Gay Christian Network conference in Portland this past January I met many other Christians who are seeking a vision of how these words might be tattooed on their own hearts. [Read more…]
In the midst of your celebrations of February’s Black History Month, take some time to learn about African-American LGBTQ individuals who helped shape our history. [Read more…]
Yesterday, individuals, organizations, and communities across the United States celebrated National Human Trafikking Awareness Day. Established in 2007, the day comes just a week and a half into what has been declared National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a time when communities rally together to raise awareness about modern day slavery and what it [Read More…]
I grew up in church. My family was there every time the doors were open. I loved to attend Vacation Bible School, choir, mission trips, Christian camps, etc. I gave my life to Christ in high school and vowed to serve Him with all my being. In college I spent my summers volunteering and working for Christian camps and organizations. I led Bible studies, served with various ministries, and even joined a Christian sorority. After college I became a missionary with a parachurch Christian organization and devoted myself to reaching, loving on, and discipling teenagers for Christ. My whole identity was in being a Christian, a missionary, and a child of God.
But when I came out as gay everything came crashing down around me. [Read more…]
This week has been Transgender Awareness Week, culminating in yesterday’s Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), on which we honor trans people who have been victims of homicide. Some of you joined us yesterday in observance, and we’ve compiled a few resources for those of you who want to read more. The Transgender Violence [Read More…]
…and October 11th is National Coming Out Day. We’ve pulled together some links in honor of the day: Resources: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2013/05/lgbt-documentaries/ http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/national-coming-out-day http://www.glaad.org/tags/national-coming-out-day http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2013/03/moving-and-coming-out/ Stories: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2013/10/on-coming-out-as-a-gay-christian/ http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2013/10/coming-out-to-myself/ http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2011/02/interviews-when-being-out-is-not-easy/ http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2013/11/an-area-evangelicals-might-learn-from-the-lgbt-community/ http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2013/12/make-the-yuletide-gay-or-dont-whatever/ For Youth Pastors and Teachers: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2009/10/youth-are-coming-out/ http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2014/04/what-i-wish-my-youth-pastor-had-said-part-one/ http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2014/04/what-i-wish-my-youth-pastor-had-said-part-2/ For Parents: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2014/01/the-five-stages-of-grief-for-parents-of-lgbt-children/ For Allies: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/loveisanorientation/2013/10/from-a-straight-guy-on-coming-out/ If you’re local and want a [Read More…]
If you’ve been alive long enough and if you’ve ever loved someone, you’ve probably also experienced the heartache of breaking up. Almost all of us can relate to the difficulty of getting over someone. But what do you do if it is the Church that has broken your heart? How do you get over that? [Read more…]