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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...

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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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New LGBT martyrs in Bangladesh: Xulhaz Mannan and Tanay Mojumdar

Posted by on Apr 30, 2016 in Hot Topics | 0 comments

New LGBT martyrs in Bangladesh: Xulhaz Mannan and Tanay Mojumdar

In memory of Xulhaz Mannan and Tanay Mojumdar LGBT activists in Bangladesh Murdered April 25, 2016   I light a memorial candle for Xulhaz Mannan and Tanay Mojumdar, who were hacked to death for being “pioneers of practicing and promoting homosexuality in Bangladesh” on April 25 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The militant Islamist militant group Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for murder in the south Asian nation, calling it a “blessed attack.” Xulhaz Mannan was editor of Roopbaan, Bangladesh’s first and only LGBT...

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John Boswell: Unofficial Saint to many LGBTQ Christians

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Hot Topics | 0 comments

John Boswell: Unofficial Saint to many LGBTQ Christians

John Boswell (1947-1994) was a prominent scholar who researched and wrote about the importance of gays and lesbians in Christian history. His birthday this week, marks 69 years since his birth on March 20, 1947. Boswell, a history professor at Yale University, wrote such influential classics as Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality (1980) and Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe (1994). Boswell converted from the Episcopal Church of his upbringing to Roman Catholicism at age 16. He attended mass daily until his death, even though...

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Conversations With an Evangelical: “God did not make you that way!”

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Hot Topics, New Hope | 4 comments

Conversations With an Evangelical: “God did not make you that way!”

Two years ago she and I got into a discussion, and after a while of mutual discomfort, she threw her hand in my face, and declared emphatically: “If you don’t know Jesus then I have nothing to say to you!” The words were spit out of her mouth with such condemnation, and before I had a chance to respond, she turned her back to me and stormed away. That moment in time lingers with me still, and I probably should just let it go … but I can’t. Who is this Jesus that I don’t know? Why is it that she claims that right to know him, and yet I,...

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TDOR 2015: A Malaysian Transwoman’s View

Posted by on Nov 20, 2015 in Featured, Hot Topics | 0 comments

TDOR 2015: A Malaysian Transwoman’s View

Since 1998, candles are lit throughout the world every 20th November in memory of the violence done to trans* people all over the globe. 2015 happens to be the year of Fallon Fox, Laverne Cox and of course Caitlyn Jenner in the United States — and also a year where transgender related deaths there doubled compared to last year. With such frequent murders, one would think there is an open season upon transgender America. We are already facing massacres throughout South America, along with many deaths recorded even in Europe. Each country...

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