The FBI is investigating this incident as both a hate crime and an act of terror. I don’t have a problem with that. I do have a problem watching my gay friends’ relatives tell them that this was just a mass shooting, or just a terrorist attack, and that who the victims were is incidental and irrelevant. Not so. Click through to read more! Read more

These posts, and others like them, offer an important reminder. All is not always as it seems, and your assumptions are sometimes flat-wrong. This is actually something I try to think about when someone I don’t know cuts me off or engages in behavior that exasperates or confuses me in a public place. I don’t know what is going on in their lives, they don’t know what’s going on in my life, and that’s okay. Click through to read more! Read more

I have received word that some of you would like space to discuss Doctor Who! And goodness knows we need a break from discussing the depressing, so here you go! A Doctor Who open thread! Click through to read more! Read more

Surprise surprise, our favorite pastor, Doug Wilson, has blogged about Sunday’s shooting in Orlando. After discussing whether the dead are in hell (they are) and whether their sin was worse than anyone else’s (it wasn’t, because abortion), he gets down to what he sees as the root of the issue. Click through to read more! Read more

Do you want to know the leading cause of death for LGBT youth? It is not Muslim gunmen or radical Islamic terrorism. It is suicide. Yes, that’s right—an estimated 30% of gay youth, and 40% of transgender individuals, attempt suicide. By one estimate, as many as 30% of completed youth suicides are committed by gay or lesbian youth, or 1,488 suicides annually, 1240 more suicides than would be expected given the percentage of the population that is gay and lesbian. And that doesn’t count trans youth. In other words, twenty-five times as many gay and lesbian youth die each year due to suicide related to their orientation as died at the hands of Omar Mateen on Sunday. Click through to read more! Read more

I’ve seen a lot of evangelicals today arguing that the Orlando shooting reveals the difference between Christianity and Islam—that Christians want to “help” gay people while Muslims want to kill them. I think we need to think very seriously about two things—first, why many people initially suspected this was an act of Christian terrorism, and second, what their calls to “help” gay people actually look like. And yes, I’ll talk about Islam in a moment, but bear with me here. I come from an evangelical background, and it’s only natural that I would write about my people and my community. Click through to read more! Read more

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Enjoy! Read more

Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier! Click through to read more! Read more

Hey guys! My copy of Anonymous Tip really does appear to be lost for good, and while I’ve ordered a new (used) one and it has shipped, it hasn’t arrived yet. So today I wanted to take the moment to talk about Christian fiction more generally and Christian romance and historical fiction more specifically, to analyze some themes and to open the floor for my readers to discuss Christian fiction they may have encountered themselves. Click through to read more! Read more

This post isn’t about Sally’s teen years, it’s about the boundaries she has already begun to set, the reality that she is already learning to stand up for herself, and the importance of teaching children that they should be able to expect to be treated well (as well as how to tell the difference between good treatment and bad treatment, of course). I am hopeful that Sally’s ability to recognize bad treatment and object to it will take her far, and protect her from falling into potentially bad situations in the future. Click through to read more! Read more

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