Too many trans/genderqueer/non-binary kids woke up today in a world where their president called them a “burden” and “distraction”. These kids are already at a higher risk for suicide, not because there is anything wrong with them, but because they … Continue reading #BlessingNotBurden: It takes less than a minute to show trans youth you care.
Earlier this week an interesting op-ed appeared in the New York Times entitled “My Daughter is not Transgender. She’s a Tomboy.” In it, Lisa Selin Davis, a mother and young adult novelist, details her child’s interactions with adults who are … Continue reading Tomboys, Trans Folks, and the Times
My wife and I have a joke. We tell it when we are out in public, at an airport or a restaurant or concert, and I need to use the bathroom. When I stand up to find a restroom I … Continue reading On Restrooms, Gender, and Fear
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
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.
In 10th grade my history teacher insisted we memorize the Seven Deadly Sins for an exam. Unlike most of the other things I tried to remember at age 14, years later I can still list them all: pride, greed, lust, gluttony, anger, envy, sloth. In high school I thought those sins must have come from some sort of Biblical list. Years later I found out that the development of a listing of the Seven Deadly Sins was actually a gradual, fairly random, process across centuries of Christian thought. Like all traditions handed down through the centuries, they have taken on … Continue reading When Pride is Not a Sin: The Season of Ending Gay Shame
Friday, August 6th, was LGBTQA Advocacy Day at the Vermont State House. It was also the 20th anniversary of the passage of Vermont’s first civil rights protections for gays and lesbians. As part of the celebration, I was honored to … Continue reading Opening Devotional for the Vermont State House, April 6, 2012