Hate Doesn’t Always Come at the Point of a Gun

Within twenty-four hours of last week's Orlando attack, I saw an evangelical Facebook friends post that this is the difference between Christians and Muslims on LGBT issues---that Christians love gay people while Muslims try to kill them. In a sick, twisted way, last week's brutal attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando is a boon to evangelicals. Now every time someone calls them out for their opposition to gay rights or their homophobia, evangelicals can now point to Orlando and say "no no, that is … [Read more...]


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Pastor Doug Wilson: Christianity Is the Real Target

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: No, no, they will say. It is all connected. Evangelical opposition to homosexuality and opposition to COEXIST religiosity both contribute to a climate of rejection, exclusion, and division, which in turn h … [Read more...]


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Let’s Talk about the Other 1240 Gay Lives Lost Each Year

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 y … [Read more...]


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Orlando and the Evangelical Responsibility

My heart sunk when I first read the news yesterday morning. Twenty dead, shot in a gay nightclub in Orlando. Then the death toll was updated---fifty dead. The worst mass shooting in U.S. history. When I first read the news, the identity and motivations of the shooter were still unknown. Some suspected Islamic terrorism while others pointed to possible Christian terrorism. Then the shooter's name---Omar Mateen---was released, and his family spoke out, and this was followed later in the day with … [Read more...]


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How North Carolina’s HB2 Affects Parents

North Carolina's HB2 naturally falls heaviest on the transgender community. It also affects cisgender people who don't conform to specific gender norms about appearance, especially women with short hair (see, for instance, this article about a short haired woman who was yelled at in a public restroom because she was taken for a transgender woman). One thing I haven't seen much talked about, though, is HB2's affect on parents. And no, I'm not talking about parents who are transgender or gender … [Read more...]


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The Lie Behind the Transgender Bathroom Predator Myth

Last month, after the North Carolina rushed a bill barring trans people from using the bathroom of the gender they identify as, a transgender man posted this tweet:It's important to note that not every trans man passes as unambiguously as Sheffield, and that there is discussion within the transgender community about the privilege of passing---not every trans person can do it, and some choose not to. Additionally, a growing number of individuals identify as nonbinary, and these … [Read more...]


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We Need to Be Able to Call Out Kim Davis’ Bigotry without Slut-Shaming or Hillbilly-Shaming

By now you've probably all heard of Kim Davis, the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who is refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, arguing that her religious beliefs prevent her from doing so. Critics are calling attention to the fact that Davis was married four times as evidence of hypocrisy. But what I want to call attention to is a slightly different issue.Earlier today, fellow blogger Matthew Facciani called attention to the ways some of Davis' detractors have … [Read more...]


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