We witnessed, Thursday night, a historic moment in the LGBTQ Christian movement. To build upon its mission of being a fully inclusive community, The Gay Christian Network announced a name change at its annual conference in Denver, Colorado. In front of more than a thousand attendees, it was renamed Q Christian Fellowship. Invoking the tradition of name changes in scripture, from Abram and Sarai becoming Abraham and Sarah, to Simon and Saul becoming Peter and Paul, Programs Manager Kyle Franklin led a… Read more

When Georgia state representative Betty Price asked last week whether people with HIV could be quarantined, it was a sharp reminder that people living with the disease are still Western society’s modern-day lepers, especially in the church and in conservative corners of our country. Price, who is also the wife of former federal Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price, asked in a public hearing about the legality of forcibly isolating people living with HIV. “What are we legally able… Read more

We wish our brothers at the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood had refrained from putting forth their ill-timed “Nashville Statement.” We wish they hadn’t felt compelled to draw this line in the sand. The history of the Church reads like a catalog of these kinds of lines, and none of them have ever brought us any closer to the Kingdom. Lines serve one purpose: to divide. The question in both our minds, as we talked about this over dinner… Read more

Dear Pastor Peterson, We were thrilled when we read on Wednesday that you had come to accept and affirm same-sex relationships. There are scant few leaders in the evangelical world who would break bread with our rag-tag community of outcasts. We knew your wisdom and the respect it has garnered would go a long way in healing the hearts of LGBTQ Christians who have faced nothing but rejection. Your words were a balm to the wounds of many. You can… Read more

Both of us were brought up with good manners. We were raised to be gentlemen. We learned, for example, that when a woman approaches, men must stand up. But should we, really? We’ve begun to suspect that what we as men must actually do in the presence of women is sit down. We’re at the dawn of a new, God-breathed movement in the world; it’s one we believe will transform Christianity in ways as profound as the shift that occurred… Read more

We were lucky enough to volunteer at the the Gay Christian Network’s inaugural Parents’ Retreat  two weekends ago. We were impressed by the diversity of people who attended. There were parents whose child had come out to them decades ago, and parents whose child had come out only three months ago. There were parents deeply involved in their church, and parents who had been burned by the church and stopped attending. There were parents who embraced their LGBTQ child’s sexual… Read more

The gay conversion success story is a popular trope among evangelical church blogs and other conservative faith-based media. It usually takes the form of a profile of someone in a church or faith organization who has heroically overcome their sexual temptations with the help of their church community, prayer, and the divine touch of God. But scrape off the inspirational veneer of these conversion stories and discover the content for what it really is: a deceptive tactic to drive a… Read more

Many LGBTQ Christians who attend a conservative, non-affirming church will at some point face an internal struggle: Should I stay where I’m not fully welcome, or should I find a new church? The question often produces a cocktail of emotions, especially for those who love their church and the relationships they’ve built. There’s often a tug-of-war between duty and self care, between a desire to change minds and the need to tend to one’s own tender heart. We’ve attended both… Read more

We get all sorts of questions from readers about resources for LGBTQ Christians and their families: What books will help my own doubts about same-sex relationships? Where can my mom go to get support from other parents of LGBTQ children? How can my church start talking about faith and sexuality more constructively? So we decided to compile a guide of our favorite resources, organized by topic, which we’ll continually update and modify. It includes books, blogs, support groups and advocacy… Read more

For gay men, life outside the closet can be brutal, and not only due to homophobia. A recent longform article by Michael Hobbes on the Huffington Post went into detail about “The epidemic of gay loneliness.” In it, Hobbes describes a toxic environment that leaves many gay men feeling isolated, even in the most progressive and gay-affirming cities.  It is a raw, difficult read, and it reminded us to never take for granted the community with which we’ve been gifted…. Read more

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