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The Joy, The Rage, The Supreme Court

The Joy, The Rage, The Supreme Court

Jun 29, 2013

Waking up Tuesday morning, I was a trembling wreck of a person. Like many of us, I’d watched as the Supreme Court succeeded in budging open a door I’d never seen opened in my lifetime. Justice Roberts, along with Justices Thomas, Scalia, Kennedy, and Alito, ruled in the case of Shelby County v. Holder that a provision in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (!) was...

Queer Activism as a Return to Faith

Queer Activism as a Return to Faith

Jan 11, 2013

When I stopped going to church, I didn’t cease to think in terms of Christian ethics. The “off” switch just isn’t there. Although I hesitate to label myself according to my beliefs, the very fact that most Christians of my generation tend to display the same hesitancy almost makes me want to recommit myself to the term. Especially because being both gay and a...

Marriage, Money, and a Christian Culture Turned Toxic

Marriage, Money, and a Christian Culture Turned Toxic

Sep 16, 2012

At this very moment, fists are flying in an ongoing battle between marriage advocates and opponents. In my home state of Washington, marriage equality will appear on the ballot in November by referendum, with constituencies nationwide funneling money into both sides of the matter. Last month, the clash erupted yet again over statements made by a popular fried...

I Still Wear My Youth, and others

I Still Wear My Youth, and others

Sep 16, 2012

I still wear my youth I still wear my youth enough so that I’m recognized on the street and in my home, a ruddy cheeked Christian boy, skin thin, soul safe as his secrets. I am a pine talisman to him— his hope and his chagrin— who bore me around his neck who wore me out, to church beneath his Jesus collared tee. I carry him in my shoulders curled, down thin gay...