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  • Church Clarity: A New Website That Highlights Church Policies

    A new website called Church Clarity launched today with the goal of encouraging churches to be clear about their policies about LGBTQ people. They don't advocate for churches to be affirming of same-sex relationships or non-affirming; they simply want churches...

  • Campus Communities for LGBTQ College Students

    Students are back in school now and, as always, LGBTQ students are on my mind. College is an exciting and terrifying time. These are the years when you admit things to yourself that you had to suppress before. It's when we question everything we previously ass...

  • Meet My Fiancé

    I first heard about Amanda Hite in the Fall of 2015. My friend Dave and I were scrolling through Instagram over lunch when he suddenly squealed, "Oh my gosh! I have an Insta-crush on this super hot lesbian named Amanda Hite and she just wrote the most adorable...

  • Church Policies About LGBT Christians

    If you’ve served in leadership at a church or a Christian organization, policies about LGBT people have surely come up. It comes up when a lesbian couple asks to have their baby dedicated or baptized. Policies are questioned when a boy in the youth group begin...

  • Saints For The Rest Of Us

    No one prepares you for the lows in life. We’re well-versed in stories of triumph over struggles, but no one taught us how to go on living when we’re lost. We become drifters in different seasons for different reasons, whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a c...

  • A Place For LGBTQ College Students Who Won’t Feel Safe With InterVarsity

    In May of this year, I was invited by the InterVarsity chapter at UCLA to speak about what it’s like to be a gay Christian. The crowd was packed with LGBTQ students who came because they heard a lesbian Christian was going to talk about Jesus. Some came for th...

  • How The Church Can Show Up After The Pulse Shooting

    Just when LGBT people started to feel safe to be out and open in public, our community was targeted for the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. And within hours of learning about the massacre at Pulse, we heard a man from Indiana was arrested on his way t...

  • A Response to Russell Moore’s article “The Real Meaning of Transgender Bathrooms”

    Russell Moore wrote an article today about the Obama administration’s move to protect trans students in public schools across the country. While I disagree with Moore on many topics, I respect him as a compassionate leader and I’ve appreciated the ways he’s ch...

  • Behind the Veil of Grace

    We were in Switzerland and I was too wasted to find my way home. We had hitchhiked up the mountain to grab some beers, and it was all good fun until a guy named Josh turned to me and asked what I was running from back home. Since I didn’t want to tell him that...

  • How I Was Moved To Support Same-Sex Marriage In The Church

    Your beliefs don’t shift in an instant. We research and agonize, bouncing between hope and despair, until one day we hear ourselves say something a former version of ourselves would never have said. That’s how I came to support same-sex marriage in the church....

  • Grace in the Crisis of Authority

    I first encountered the Protestant crisis of authority my senior year in college. When I realized Christianity contained Baptist and not the other way around, it occurred to me that maybe the tent was wider than I initially envisioned. The crisis was agitated ...

  • The Conversations that Come Before the Outrage

    We’ve settled into a rhythm as a country where every other week a new episode becomes the expression of an ongoing controversy, such as violence toward black people, sexual assault among college students, or the death of another trans person. ...

  • Why The Church Needs Some Ellens

    I was twelve years old when Ellen came out to Oprah. As a homeschooler in the Bible Belt before social media was invented, I studied her pictures in magazines when my parents weren’t watching....