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Black History Month Queer Hero: Dr. Pauli Murray

Posted by on Feb 11, 2018 in Featured, Hot Topics | 0 comments

Black History Month Queer Hero: Dr. Pauli Murray

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 of slaves. Her mother died when she was a young child, and her father was murdered in a psychiatric hospital after suffering from emotional instability as a result of typhoid fever....

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

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in Featured, Hot Topics | 0 comments

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

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 Americans are Anti-Gay” or something similar. Others scream about how Donald Trump is responsible for this new hostile environment. The poll itself, entitled “Accelerating Acceptance 2018,” is...

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

Posted by on Jan 26, 2018 in Featured, Hot Topics | 0 comments

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

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 conclude that only women should be teaching in seminary. Here’s why. The central refrain in Piper’s sermon is that training up pastors is different than other teaching. He returns to this...

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Trump, Arpaio, and the God Who Sees

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Featured, Hot Topics, Politics | 0 comments

Trump, Arpaio, and the God Who Sees

  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 cannot speak to the experience of my trans friends and colleagues, but as a Latino I can imagine that some of their feelings were similar to mine at the pardon of Arpaio – the feeling of...

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End of an Era: GCN and Justin Lee part ways

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Cafe Inspirado, Featured, Hot Topics | 0 comments

End of an Era: GCN and Justin Lee part ways

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 …? A pillar of the LGBTQ Christian community is crumbling. GCN — the Gay Christian Network — and its founder and executive director, Justin Lee, released joint statements that...

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World AIDS Day. Live Aware.

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in Hot Topics | 0 comments

World AIDS Day. Live Aware.

  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 number of new HIV diagnoses declined 19%. Gay and bisexual men, particularly young African American gay and bisexual men, are most affected. Worldwide Epidemic There were approximately...

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

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Featured, Hot Topics, Politics | 0 comments

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

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 going through right now. Enter Queen Esther. If you’re not especially familiar with the story of Esther in the Old Testament, let me provide a brief synopsis: Xerxes was the King of...

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

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in Featured, Hot Topics | 0 comments

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

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 explaining. To me, this feels different from coming out. Yes, coming out is also fraught with terror and danger (and hopefully, if it goes well, exaltation and relief and joy). The one big...

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Orlando Made Me More “Out and Proud” Than Ever

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in Hot Topics | 1 comment

Orlando Made Me More “Out and Proud” Than Ever

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 distraught. It was a terrible incident; it shook people to their core, and made everyone realize how fragile life was. In my lifetime, this is the single biggest attack on the LGBTQ+ community....

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Orlando Martyrs. Our Brothers and Sisters.

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Featured, Hot Topics | 1 comment

Orlando Martyrs. Our Brothers and Sisters.

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 grief we all continue to feel. This horrible thing has been done to us, to our loved ones, to our family … and no words can ever ease or erase this loss. The world is a sadder and...

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