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IMPACT magazine -- Where Faith, the Real World & Gay Life intersect!

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CULTURE SAVVY

Review: “Is It a Choice?” by Eric Marcus

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012

Is It a Choice?: Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Questions About Gay and Lesbian People (3rd edition)   Eric Marcus’ book was a pivotal turning point in my beliefs about...

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GOD-TALK

Me and Papa: Thinking About God’s Feminine Side

Posted by on May 22, 2014

Sometimes I refer to God as Papa, and if you’ve ever read William Paul Young’s The Shack then you already know what image this title brings to mind for me… I...

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REAL LIFE

Grieving Straightness

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013

For many, coming out is liberating… But it’s not always this way. Some people are outed. Some are found out. Some are forced to come out ahead of schedule. Some never come out at...

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LOVE, SEX, FAMILY

Moms & Dads…  What the Heck are We Doing?!?

Posted by on May 23, 2014

  Well, my heart is broken. Yet another mom has emailed me that their daughter came out to them as gay, and her husband, the girl’s father, kicked her out. Dad said, “I don’t...

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Recent Posts

On Thanksgiving and Sweet Potatoes

On Thanksgiving and Sweet Potatoes

Nov 12, 2012

On top of all the other joyful madness that occurs this time of year, in my world Thanksgiving means conjuring strange foods we eat only once a year, leaving the house to buy the one item I forgot despite multiple grocery store visits, unbuttoning my pants ’cause I ate too much, then sitting comatose on the couch watching football, spending the day with my mama...

Birthgay Decisions

Birthgay Decisions

Nov 8, 2012

30years. The big Three-Zero.  One score and ten.  Some of you may be some distance from reaching this milestone. Some of you may be higher up on that proverbial hill. Or over it. Heh heh. What do you think your life would be like when you reach 30? Or did you have life figured out when you were 30? I see my friends getting married, having their first kids, even...

Opening My Mind, Opening My Heart

My Christian friend posted a note on her Facebook page about homosexuality, challenging the assumption that homosexuality is a sin and is condemned in the Bible. I was livid. How dare she support something so wrong—something the Bible clearly does condemn as a sin? Loving the LGBT community was one thing, but outrightly supporting their actions was...

Growth, Health, Good Condition – Not Just for Your Soul

Growth, Health, Good Condition – Not Just for Your Soul

Nov 5, 2012

Bonjour, beauty junkies! After spending the week with my grandparents I started to reflect on how important it is to eat good healthy foods. Both of my grandparents suffer from diabetes, a disease I have grown to dislike. If you don’t suffer from diabetes it is all too easy to overlook the importance of a balanced healthy meal. I check my grandparents’ sugar...

Bringing Up Bubber: “Have You Thought About This?”

Bringing Up Bubber: “Have You Thought About This?”

Nov 2, 2012

Bringing Up Bubber is a series of articles written by Jill Carroll and Nishta Mehra about their journey in becoming parents. She Said – Nishta Let’s face it—gay people don’t become parents by accident.  We have to employ outside parties like sperm and egg donors, surrogates, and adoption agencies in order to get home with a baby, which means lots of planning...

You’re Trying Too Hard

You’re Trying Too Hard

Nov 1, 2012

Why do we always try to make things so complicated? Life. Love. Faith. Our walk with God. Churchy terms like salvation and righteousness sometimes give us the impression that our day to day life requires special activity to achieve a harmonious existence: one where we’re living in reality in the here and now, at peace with our fellow human beings, and in...

Mere Tolerance

Mere Tolerance

Oct 29, 2012

Please do not be put off by the title. I am inspired by C.S. Lewis. A great man, a great author, and an even greater thinker. One of his best known works is also the inspiration for my thoughts on relationships where we are merely tolerated. When Westboro Baptist trots out their family and pickets a dead soldier’s grave with their hate filled signs it reopens...

If I Were Wrong

Scribbled in my makeshift journal during the wee hours of one morning.   If I were wrong; You would salute me An upright Christian man. If I were wrong; A wife by my side Pitter-patter of tiny feet. If I were wrong; A closet A piece of furniture. If I were wrong; Being gay Means I am happy. If I were wrong; The cup of prayerful tears Barren, parched,...

Review: “Homosexianity” by Pastor Romell D. Weekly

Review: “Homosexianity” by Pastor Romell D. Weekly

Oct 26, 2012

Homosexianity: Letting Truth Win the Devastating War Between Scripture, Faith & Sexual Orientation   Ihave read a couple gay-affirming books in the past by various authors, and I’ve observed that they tend to fall in one of two courts. Court A: While very sympathetic to the plight of gays and lesbians, they are full of theological errors that...

My Phat Status

My Phat Status

Oct 26, 2012

    GREG WHITE is an Oklahoma City-based illustrator who specializes in children’s book illustration and character design. He enjoys writing, filmmaking, rock climbing and unsuccessfully developing his telekinetic abilities. Visit Greg’s website,...