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The Pope’s visit to the US: Mixed Messages for LGBTQ People

The Pope’s visit to the US: Mixed Messages for LGBTQ People

Sep 28, 2015

Pope Francis’ well-publicized visit to America this past week sent mixed messages about LGBTQ people. On the bright side, the Pope brought great personal warmth and a welcome focus on justice for the poor and protection of the environment. A native of Argentina, he spoke Spanish and obviously connected with many of America’s poor Latina/os. His speech to...

The Conservative War Against Gay Rights: Why “Natural Law” is a Weak Defense

The Conservative War Against Gay Rights: Why “Natural Law” is a Weak Defense

Aug 27, 2015

The jurists of natural law seem to me to be in that naive state of mind that accepts what has been familiar and accepted by them and their neighbors as something that must be accepted by all men everywhere. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Supreme Court Justice, “Natural Law” (1918)   With the right for same-sex couples to marry now constitutionally...

“Audacity”: Nothing Says “I Have No Respect for You” Quite Like Giving a Copy to a Gay Person

“Audacity”: Nothing Says “I Have No Respect for You” Quite Like Giving a Copy to a Gay Person

Aug 24, 2015

In 2013, the owners of “Sweetcakes by Melissa” refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. They were ordered by the State of Oregon to pay the couple $135,000 in damages, which they continue to refuse to pay. Instead, they decided to send cakes to gay rights groups, with the message “We really do love you!” inscribed in the...

Family Research Council uses Deception and Junk Science to Bolster Anti-Transgender Policies

Family Research Council uses Deception and Junk Science to Bolster Anti-Transgender Policies

Aug 10, 2015

The right-wing Family Research Council (FRC) recently published a position paper to critique and describe the transgender movement and ideology as they perceive it (June 19, 2015). The opening sentences of “Understanding and Responding to the Transgender Movement” pronounce, “In recent decades, there has been an assault on the sexes.” This is only the beginning...

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...

And then God struck …. Not.

And then God struck …. Not.

Jun 26, 2015

Minutes after the US Supreme Court handed down their ruling overturning bans on same-sex marriage, posts were already going up on Facebook and across the blogosphere about “Spitting in the face of God” and “God’s impending wrath on America. *Sigh* Really? Of course, this kind of reaction is not surprising. There are a surprising number...

What Bruce Jenner’s Interview Says About Privacy—His and Ours

What Bruce Jenner’s Interview Says About Privacy—His and Ours

May 6, 2015

The nail on my little finger is all sparkles: green mostly, but with glints of purple, peach and pink besides. I owe this burst of glitter to Sally Hansen Snow Globe polish, which my wife claims is the rightful domain of six-year-old girls. For me, it’s the first all-out expression of my genderfluid self—or, more precisely, the vibrant woman who lives in my...

Christians: Stop letting hate control the conversation on LGBT equality!

Christians: Stop letting hate control the conversation on LGBT equality!

Apr 30, 2015

As the country moves forward with the idea of embracing marriage equality after the Supreme Court hands down their ruling, a small but vocal smattering of anti-gay bigots have dug in their heels for an all-out attack on the LGBT community. Most legal analysts (even the anti-gay ones) believe the court will strike down all bans on same-sex marriage when they...

The Rock & the Rainbow: Homeless LGBT Youth Finding Jesus in Condoms

The Rock & the Rainbow: Homeless LGBT Youth Finding Jesus in Condoms

Mar 24, 2015

In Los Angeles, a young male prostitute thinks he is being approached by another man for sex. As Rev. William Griffith gets closer, the 17 year old smiles sheepishly as he reads the t-Shirt worn by the unconventional street pastor dressed his normal attire. Shorts and sandals. The shaved head and thick, grey beard gives him some authority in the darkness of the...

LGBT Evolution: We don’t need the Castro anymore

LGBT Evolution: We don’t need the Castro anymore

Mar 20, 2015

My boyfriend and I just got back from a trip to San Francisco. If you’ve never been, you need to put it on your Bucket List because it’s a beautiful city — and yeah, the Golden Gate Bridge is one of those “must sees” of modern times, kind of one of the modern 7 Wonders of the World. The art and architecture of the city is amazing...