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Black History Month Queer Hero: Dr. Pauli Murray

Black History Month Queer Hero: Dr. Pauli Murray

Feb 11, 2018

Dr. Pauli Murray was a remarkable woman who shattered ceilings of glass and perhaps even iron. Articles about Murray describe her as a black, queer, feminist, civil rights activist, lawyer, poet, professor, priest, and saint. That’s a lot of chapeaus to wear, but she managed them all with grace and dignity. Anna Pauline Murray was the great granddaughter...

Poll suggests slipping support for LGBTQ people. Or maybe not.

Poll suggests slipping support for LGBTQ people. Or maybe not.

Jan 29, 2018

Earlier this month, a poll was released that showed that a slim majority of Americans are “somewhat” or “very” uncomfortable with LGBTQ people. The poll was released by GLAAD, a national organization working toward full equality for our Alphabet community. As a result, multiple headlines across the country have shown panicked headlines that “Majority of...

Evangelical Controversy: John Piper Unwittingly Proves that Only Women Should be Seminary Teachers

Evangelical Controversy: John Piper Unwittingly Proves that Only Women Should be Seminary Teachers

Jan 26, 2018

I’ve read a number of rebuttals to John Piper’s recent declaration titled Is There a Place for Female Professors at Seminary? Each response addresses the groaningly geriatric nature of the concept that women shouldn’t teach fledgling clergy, but none of them addresses the point which seems most obvious: If you closely read what Piper demands, you have to...

Trump, Arpaio, and the God Who Sees

Trump, Arpaio, and the God Who Sees

Aug 29, 2017

  On Friday, August 25, while the nation watched as an increasingly more powerful hurricane barreled towards the Gulf Coast, Donald Trump released two controversial directives aimed at vulnerable communities in our country: the ban on transgender people serving in the armed forces and the pardon of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. As a cisgender man, I...

End of an Era: GCN and Justin Lee part ways

End of an Era: GCN and Justin Lee part ways

Jul 20, 2017

It is never a good feeling when you get an email blast from a beloved organization you have supported for many years that begins “Due to irreconcilable differences …” That’s what shook Facebook and social media July 19th. And the posts and comments exploded. What happened? Why? Who’s to blame? What happens next, what about …?...

World AIDS Day. Live Aware.

World AIDS Day. Live Aware.

Dec 1, 2016

  December 1st is World AIDS Day, a day dedicated to remembering those lost to HIV/AIDS infection around the world. But it is also a day for raising awareness, for reminding all of us to live our lives responsibly, safely. Fast Facts More than 1.2 million people in the US are living with HIV, and 1 in 8 of them don’t know it. From 2005 to 2014, the annual...

Donald Trump, Meet Queen Esther. A plan for moving forward.

Donald Trump, Meet Queen Esther. A plan for moving forward.

Nov 14, 2016

I’ve spent a great deal of time this past week thinking about the Presidential election and the fallout from it. Like many in America, I am reeling from the uncertainty that this election has fostered. Before I get into my assessment of the situation and outline a course of action, I want to revisit an ancient story that very much parallels what we’re...

My Gender? My Sexuality? Do I really need to explain?

My Gender? My Sexuality? Do I really need to explain?

Aug 22, 2016

Maybe you’ve seen this T-shirt… I think I want one … and I bet you know why. The message captures an all-too-common experience: the vague knot in our stomachs, the brace of fear, the incipient eye-roll when we know a question about our orientation, our gender, the people we are and the people we love is coming straight at us. Yes, I’m talking about...

Orlando Made Me More “Out and Proud” Than Ever

Orlando Made Me More “Out and Proud” Than Ever

Jun 23, 2016

I kept asking myself why the Orlando Shooting affected me so much. It took me a few days, but I finally realized why. When 9/11 happened, it really didn’t do much to me. I was in 6th grade and only 11 years old. It didn’t make sense to me, I couldn’t really understand it, and I had only been on a plane once before. Yet, adults all over the world were...

Orlando Martyrs. Our Brothers and Sisters.

Orlando Martyrs. Our Brothers and Sisters.

Jun 15, 2016

In the few days since the tragic murder of 49 of our brothers and sisters on June 12th in Orlando, the staff of IMPACT Magazine has struggled with what we should say.  Countless news reports have informed us of the facts, at least as we know them so far. Fellow writers and bloggers, friends in the LGBTQ community, have expressed the anger, frustration, and...