Julien Baker’s artistry is about making the best out of nothing — making light out of the darkest times, carving faith out of doubt, building connections with strangers.
“I put “they/she” on a pronoun button for the first time and countless people — moms, older gay and lesbian folks, and my peers — asked me to share what that meant and what genderqueer identity is because they genuinely wanted to understand ideas that were foreign and difficult for them so they could love me better.”
Sometimes the only way to remember the good times is to recreate them yourself.
“Now more than ever, I think it’s important to say alabanza to those who were slain, to lift their names up in prayer and to remind those of us still living that Black lives do matter — they’ve always mattered and will always matter.”
“Whatever our beliefs, whatever our traditions, we must seek to be instruments of peace, and bringing light where there is darkness, and sowing love where there is hatred.”
If we don’t abundantly love each other, we can’t have an abundant relationship with God. I must embrace an interpretation of my faith that requires unconditional love for queer people because any less would be to deny my own humanity and that of my community.
“I didn’t know much about gardens, in general, but what I was working with seemed less like the married person’s vegetable patch the church described and more like a Narnian wonderland full of infinite magical possibility.”
In response to the general freakout over the school’s discrimination against Jayce M, George Fox upped the ante on its discriminatory cluelessness. He and other trans students can live on campus in gender-appropriate dorms — if they get genital surgery.
Obama also signed an executive order that prohibits federal employers from discriminating based on gender identity. That order applies as of today. Obama did not include exemptions for religious groups in either order, despite heavy pressure to do so from evangelical leaders.
African American trans student Jayce M has lost an appeal to receive on campus housing at George Fox University after the Department of Education granted the school a religious exemption from Title IX requirements.
Religious leaders have their eye on broad exemptions from a pending executive order to block employment discrimination by federal contractors against LGBT people.
After a landmark vote in the Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly Thursday, the denomination’s constitutional definition of marriage allows for same-sex unions.
Even if New Heart Community Church loses its membership in the Southern Baptist Convention, this pastor’s personal shift and his congregation’s openness demonstrate a ripple of change that has reached even very conservative corners of society.
The question of homophobia in historically Black churches is way more nuanced than conversations about Christianity and queerness often take into account. If the Black church and LGBTQ movements joined forces, they would be a force to reckon with.
Ever since I went to a Halloween party at my friend’s church youth group in 6th grade, I’ve been almost inseparable from my Christian identity. But on November 4th, 2012, my heart was all the way down in my toes as I got ready to go to church for the first time as a transgender lesbian.
A former student’s tale of coming-out as gay at Liberty University raises interesting questions about the place of LGBT people in conservative, evangelical Christianity.
To L-Fest and back, but definitely not to Albania.
Notre Dame has approved an LGBT student organization and the club must preach chastity for LGBTQ students. Which makes me think maybe we should take our gay money elsewhere.
Does it really take a straight man to tell the world about prejudice against queers? Apparently, yes.
Alan Chambers, president of Exodus International and married to Leslie Chambers with two adopted children, now says his group will no longer operate around claims of being able to “cure” anyone.