End of Year Giving Opportunity

Many of you have been an important part of our life and work – thank you so much for your friendship, partnership and support along the way. It’s been an amazing 2014 – thank you for being a part of our journey and work! As this year winds down to a close, this post is [Read More...]

Why I Haven’t Given up on Christians


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...]

Saying Goodbye to Kevin

Kevin Harris, our Director of Community Relations, will be leaving his position on staff at The Marin Foundation at the end of the year after starting with us in 2009. With him moving on, we wanted to take the opportunity to have him share a little about his work with us, some of what he [Read More...]

World AIDS Day


Just over three decades ago, when we knew only the devastation HIV inflicted, those living with it had to fight just to be treated with dignity and compassion, and since the first cases of AIDS were reported, tens of millions of vibrant men and women have lost their lives to this deadly virus. Today, we [Read More...]

Why Ferguson Matters


  ‘You deplore the demonstrations taking place…But your statement, I am sorry to say, fails to express a similar concern for the conditions that brought about the demonstration.‘ – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Letter from Birmingham Jail An introduction to today’s post by our Executive Director, Michael Kimpan :: Today is my day to [Read More...]

Transgender Awareness Week

Transtextuality (Senate Bill 48)

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...]

On Body Image

Possible headshot

I moved to Chicago two months ago now; I’m meeting with challenges here. Wear and tear, so far, includes the theft of my catalytic converter, a minor injury, and issues with my bank that’ve had me calling them weekly. Having worked in customer service, I know better than to antagonize folks who do the same. On my last phone call with the bank, though – the fifth, I think – I flipped, until someone finally explained the situation I was trying to address. And that was that. [Read more...]

So, Tomorrow Is October 11th…

…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...]

Taking Small Steps

Until the body of Christ believes that peaceful productivity with gays and lesbians is actually an option, how can we ever expect it to happen?  This is the first main step to how Christians begin to elevate the conversation past a street fight.  It’s a lot like the first step God commanded Joshua to take [Read More...]

On Listening

Today’s post is by Melinda Guerra, the Administrative Assistant here at The Marin Foundation.  “We have been too wrapped up in planning the communication of our truth by cooking up contingency plans for potential rebuttals that we have forgotten to think relationally.  Looking for opportunities to build trust will inevitably remove some of the fears [Read More...]

Living in the Tension – Monday, September 22

For our upcoming Living in the Tension gathering on Monday, September 22, we will be showing the documentary Call Me Malcolm. The documentary follows Malcolm, a trans man in seminary, as he takes a trip across the country discussing his identity and Christian faith with friends and hearing the stories of other transgender individuals along the [Read More...]

Kidnapped for Christ Screening & More — See You Saturday!

This week Saturday, September 13 at Fourth Presbyterian Church (126 E Chestnut St, Chicago), we’re partnering with Level Ground- the organization that created the world’s first faith based LGBTQ film festival- to bring you the ONE DAY ONLY Chicago stop on the 2014 Level Ground Road Show!

The afternoon will showcase a screening of Kidnapped For Christ (trailer above), a recent documentary that has gained international attention. Later, we’ll be joined by Derek Webb and Hello Industry for an evening concert. Discussion, an interactive art space, snacks, and short films will be available throughout the afternoon. [Read more...]

“What If They Think I’m Gay?” And Other Fears that Keep People from Engaging


“Be Bold.” This is the declaration splashed across our website and facebook page. It’s The Marin Foundation’s motto, although it’s not one that I reflect on often. [Read more...]

one talk.


This post is written by Michael Kimpan, our Associate Director at The Marin Foundation. You can read more from Michael at his blog here – and his book, Love Never Fails :: Building Bridges Between the Church and the Gay Community will be available for pre-order soon (2015, IVP). – At the beginning of this year, I mentioned on my personal blog an incredible [Read More...]