Emory University has a history of opening its doors to voices of faith strongly in favor of LGBT equality. Visiting professors like Archbishop Desmond Tutu and President Jimmy Carter have talked on campus about why they believe all should be … Continue reading Emory’s Controversial, Not-So Gay Friendly, Award
When I was in college I was involved in some anti-racism discussions. I had been born and raised in the South and, though I had plenty of examples of everyday racism surrounding me, I had always believed in racial equality. … Continue reading When Being a ‘NALT’ Christian Ally Isn’t Enough
We are flying out today, over Boston, the city where marriage equality got its start. We are flying out over Old South Church, the place where we were married. We are flying in to California, a place where yesterday morning … Continue reading Flying Out Over Boston: Some Thoughts on Marriage Equality and the End of DOMA
Alan Chambers, president of prominent ex-gay ministry Exodus International, made headlines this week with his public statement of apology and announcement that his organization will close. The closure of Exodus has elicited celebrations from the LGBTQ community and allies who have long known the harm being done in God’s name by groups like this. And while there is indeed cause for rejoicing, we must also remember that the struggle is not over. Exodus was probably the most well-known reparative therapy ministry in the country. Exodus taught that gays and lesbians could either change or repress their sexual attractions through a … Continue reading The End of Exodus International is Not the End of the Ex-Gay Movement
In the wake of the recent shooting in Newtown, the Westboro Baptist Church, perennial anti-gay provocateurs, reached a new low. The group announced their intention to picket at the funerals of the children who had been killed, and blamed their … Continue reading Scarier Than Westboro Baptist: Confronting Quiet Anti-Gay Rhetoric in Churches
You don’t understand. This is not meant in a hostile way. It’s just a reminder. If you are not LGBTQ, you have not lived the reality of being LGBTQ. You may empathize, but that’s different than being LGBTQ. Here’s a parallel. I’m not African-American. I may work tirelessly against racism, and do my best to understand the African-American experience, but I will never fully understand what it is to grow up as anything other than white in this country. You may be the best ally in the world, with all the LGBTQ friends you could hope for, but until you … Continue reading How Not to Be an Ally: 5 Reminders for Christian Clergy Working for Equality
Check out my reflection, as well as words from Rabbi Andrea Myers, Rev. Emilie Townes, and Bishop Yvette Flunders as well as others: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/22/lgbt-clergy-speak-out-on-_n_1616297.html?utm_hp_ref=religion Continue reading Today on Huffington Post Religion: LGBT faith leaders speak on what marriage means to us.