Five Things I Learned from Cleve Jones

This Pride Cleve Jones came to St. Louis. The Cleve Jones. Cleve Jones of the AIDS Memorial Quilt and When We Rise, legendary LGBTQIA+ activist and total badass. He was in town to be Grand Marshal of our Pride Parade and to speak about his new book (also called When We Rise), and it was at his book [Read More…]

PFLAGGED

I experience a lot of emotional situations in my work. I’m a clergy person, and I sit with people as they wrestle with questions of life and death. I’m an activist, and I have had more than my share of tense and scary moments on the streets. But tonight’s panel on religion and LGBTQIA+ issues, [Read More…]

“Best Choice” Not the Best Choice for St. Louis-Area Public Schools

A Double Shot of Paranoia I’m at Starbucks to meet Joy Maxwell. Maxwell is Curriculum Coordinator for the increasingly controversial “Best Choice” sex education program, a project operated by ThriVe St. Louis and taught in public schools in and around the Midwestern city. In recent weeks, Best Choice has been the subject of numerous articles – and [Read More…]

Singing in the Shadow of Pulse – Dona Nobis Pacem

This post is the third of a three part cycle on the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses Festival 2016. Part One is here. Part Two is here. It’s two days after GALA. The Festival is over, but my journey is not. Four years ago, after my first visit to the GALA Festival, I accompanied the San Francisco Gay [Read More…]

Singing in the Shadow of Pulse – Dies Irae

This post is the second of a three part cycle on the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses Festival 2016. Part One is here. Part Three is here. It’s the end of the second full day of the GALA Festival, and I’m angry. GALA – the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses – was formed in 1983 in [Read More…]

Smash the Closet!

It took me ten years to come out. Between the time I sat, crying, in an Italian restaurant at the age of 17, telling my family I thought I might be gay, and the night in New Orleans when I finally accepted myself as a gay man, a decade passed. I think sometimes about all the things [Read More…]

Love, Lust, and the Bible: A Further Response to Matthew Vines

Matthew Vines, author of God and the Gay Christian (and subject of yesterday’s post), kindly responded to my critique on Facebook: Thank you for writing this post and for sharing your perspective about what I’m doing. Thanks also for reading and engaging with my book.Some of your criticisms, however, are factually wrong. While it is [Read More…]