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8 for 80: Honoring LGBTQ Pioneer Poet Louie Crew Clay on his 80th Birthday

8 for 80: Honoring LGBTQ Pioneer Poet Louie Crew Clay on his 80th Birthday

Dec 9, 2016

Celebrating the 80th birthday of LGBTQ Pioneer and Poet, Louie Crew Clay. Forty years ago, when the Church laughed at the idea that homosexuals could be included in the community of faith, Louie Crew penned the words that now seem self-evident and commonplace: “All Christian wholeness demands affirmation of God ordained sexuality.” Seeking to secure...

Police on the Wrong Side of History. Every. Damn. Time.

Police on the Wrong Side of History. Every. Damn. Time.

Dec 6, 2014

History is replete with tyranny, violence and bloodshed. And even a quick glance reveals the brutal hand of police involved every time. Look anywhere on a map of the world, look deep, and you will find bloodshed and misery stained into the streets of civilization. The ultimate clash between the oppressive status quo, the powers that be, and the everyday citizen...

What’s Your Stake in the Gay Debate?

What’s Your Stake in the Gay Debate?

May 9, 2014

“What’s it to you?” I am asked frequently about me being an LGBTQ ally — sometimes by friends who care about me, sometimes by people who don’t, sometimes by people who can’t grasp why I as a Christian should care about this issue. Seriously. I get the distinct impression that they are personally offended that I am an ally.I wish they could see things through...

If I’ve Survived to Achieve it All

If I’ve Survived to Achieve it All

May 4, 2014

If I should achieve all of the rights in my world as a same-gender loving man. If I am welcomed into the arms of the Church as such, and feel that justice has finally been served. If that’s my litmus test for how far Christianity has evolved, and I turn a blind eye to the rest of the world. Love.  If that’s the extent of my love for the “least...

The Myth of Christian Discrimination by Gay People

The Myth of Christian Discrimination by Gay People

Apr 21, 2014

You can’t victimize yourself in a situation you started in the first place. Christians, in general, have a hard time remembering that as we choose to oppress, due to our sincerely held religious beliefs, yet cry “discrimination” when we feel a push back. This is especially true when those people are queer. Within the Christian community, there...

Being Gay: The REAL Choice

Being Gay: The REAL Choice

Jan 13, 2014

The discussion over LGBT rights and equality is rife with emotion, debated with passion, and unfortunately, peppered with misinformation. Many of the discussions from those opposed to LGBT equality use words like “lifestyle,” “behavior,” and my favorite, “sodomy.” Of course, there’s the even more religious sounding variation — sodomite. We talk about issues...

On Being Invisible

On Being Invisible

Oct 15, 2013

During a night in which I could not sleep, I decided instead to finish a reading assignment for an upcoming event and read through Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.” I had read it before, of course, studied it—as all Americans should—in school.  But in the light of the current day, and in this particular moment in my own life, the text...

How Can We Stop a Modern-Day Russian Hitler?

How Can We Stop a Modern-Day Russian Hitler?

Jul 29, 2013

“Participation in these games must not be construed to be an endorsement of the policies and practices of the Russian government,” said a leader of the American Olympic Committee and the anti-boycott forces. “Measures have been adopted to ensure that there will be no violation of the fundamental principles of fair play and sportsmanship, or the Olympic...

The Joy, The Rage, The Supreme Court

The Joy, The Rage, The Supreme Court

Jun 29, 2013

Waking up Tuesday morning, I was a trembling wreck of a person. Like many of us, I’d watched as the Supreme Court succeeded in budging open a door I’d never seen opened in my lifetime. Justice Roberts, along with Justices Thomas, Scalia, Kennedy, and Alito, ruled in the case of Shelby County v. Holder that a provision in the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (!) was...