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From the Scars of Evangelical Church to New Hope…

From the Scars of Evangelical Church to New Hope…

Aug 9, 2016

I grew up in the Evangelical Church. From moment I was a baby, I was in church every time the doors were open. We were taught about God’s love and grace ever since I could remember, but also that God was a God of holiness and wrath. You see, we could not talk about God’s love without also talking about his wrath. From a very young age, I sensed that...

Evangelicalism, You Have Traumatized Me

Evangelicalism, You Have Traumatized Me

Oct 20, 2015

The past couple of weeks, I’ve been having many difficult emotions coming to the surface. They have been repressed for years, only surfacing at times. I did not know where they were coming from and in the past, the only way I would deal with them was through drinking so that I could temporarily escape them. I have been angry. I have been having a hard...

The Deadly Ivory Towers

The Deadly Ivory Towers

Jul 9, 2015

It’s very heartbreaking to realize the trauma caused by the teachings of the Church and its application of the Scriptures. It’s sad how so many have nonchalantly prescribed a lifetime of singleness to a whole group of people, yet they refuse to see the adverse reactions, over and over again, against this prescription. There is so much shame and...

Celebration and Sadness: Mixed Feelings over Marriage Equality

Celebration and Sadness: Mixed Feelings over Marriage Equality

Jun 30, 2015

I believe that celebration is the appropriate response for what has just happened in our nation with the passing of gay marriage for the entire country. 6/26/15 was a monumental day that will go down in history for being a day of justice and equality for the LGBTQ community. We are in exuberant celibration because of the many obstacles that we have overcome as...

A Hand to Hold. Thoughts after a Lesbian Wedding.

A Hand to Hold. Thoughts after a Lesbian Wedding.

May 26, 2015

Last weekend I had the privilege and honor of attending the wedding of my friends, Cara and Leah. They are such a beautiful and loving couple, and they are both very active members of our church community at New Heart. The love that they have shared over the years has been able to challenge the beliefs held by even our pastor, Danny Cortez. How special it must...

On the Other Side

On the Other Side

Mar 3, 2015

I suppose you can say that I have always felt like I was on the other side…second class…a bit unworthy. My journey has been difficult as a gay Christian. I have not always felt like I belonged- both inside and outside of my conservative Christian faith tradition. My story is not unique. Many LGBT Christians face these feelings on a regular basis. We...

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

Jan 9, 2015

Westboro Baptist Church is going to picket our GCN conference and I am sad…sad for them…sad that they have not moved on. I feel the majority of those from our conference are at a good place in life, and their picketing will not really get to them. We are a resilient people and our community is full of love and forgiveness. Many have come from homes...

On Why Being Gay is a Gift

On Why Being Gay is a Gift

Nov 4, 2014

My sexual orientation is a gift. I haven’t always seen it that way, due to the wrong and detrimental beliefs and teachings found within the Church and society. The reason that I now consider that being gay has been a gift from God is because it’s not all about me. Being gay has helped me empathize, relate with, and walk with the minority, the...

Why I Despise Fundamentalism

Why I Despise Fundamentalism

Sep 15, 2014

Why I despise fundamentalism: • It sets ideas and beliefs above people. • It reduces people, the world, and our universe to black and white. There is no room for anything or anyone that does not fit the mold and there is no desire to learn and explore because all of the answers have already been found. • Beliefs must be defended at all cost, while love and...

Frustrated Gay Christian

Frustrated Gay Christian

Aug 17, 2014

It’s frustrating when I talk with fellow Christians who think that being gay is a sin and then proceed to copy and paste about 6 or so verses from the Bible. Do you think I’ve never cracked open a Bible before? Do you know that I have a BA from a conservative Evangelical college? Do you think that I haven’t wrestled through these same verses...