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Eliel Cruz is an aspiring author, the president of Intercollegiate Adventist Gay-Straight Alliance Coalition, and is a senior international business and French major at Andrews University. For more information please
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Entries by Eliel Cruz

I'm Sorry: God Adores You

(3) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 1:38 PM

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Someone on Twitter recently asked me how I defined courage. I sat in my room turning the question over and over in my mind but then I responded "Courage is being able to step onto the stormy waters, despite your fear, when...

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Talking Beauty Culture With Male Model Barrett Pall

(25) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 3:48 PM

It's easy to villianize those who have won the genetic lottery. You know, the ones with the amazing metabolism that had abs before they even began working out. Or the ones that have ten thousand Instagram followers -- that they didn't buy -- due to their exceptional selfies.

Beauty...

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On #NotAllChristians

(11) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 11:41 PM

Communities of privilege tend to respond to those they oppress defensively. This has been seen recently in the discussions about misogyny after the shootings in Santa Barbara. The hashtag #YesAllWomen went viral, showcasing millions of testimonies from women all around the world about the struggles they face in their respective...

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'Mean Gays' and Beauty Culture

(23) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 5:06 PM

Blonde bombshell, and RuPaul's Drag Race finalist, Courtney Act is a singing sensation. A recent transplant from Australia, Courtney lives in West Hollywood, a part of Los Angeles that's heavily populated by the LGBT community. World-renowned gay bars like The Abbey are located there with pulsating beats and dancers with...

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11 Reasons Christianity Needs Feminism

(28) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 12:23 PM

Christianity should be synonymous with feminism. As the religious belief with "Christ" in it's name, we should be the ones leading the bout for gender equality. Unfortunately, one of the groups of people that perpetuate a sexist mentality in society is our Christian Churches. Patriarchy, male-headship and gender bias is...

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Dr. Ben Carson Was My Hero

(22) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 2:45 PM

Dr. Ben Carson was my hero. I hail from the same Christian denomination as him, the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Born and raised in this church, I knew his name as soon as I learned to read. His autobiography, Gifted Hands, was inspiring for a lot of kids like me. His...

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Sorry Miranda, Gay Doesn't Mean Stupid

(2) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 3:38 PM

Another day, another homophobe.

West Tigers, an Australian professional rugby team, is the stage for a homophobic scandal. 19-year-old Mitchell Moses had a lapse of judgment that has cost him his NRL (National Rugby Team) debut. Moses admitted to calling a player a "f**king gay c**t." The...

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He Is the Potter, We Are the Clay

(1) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 5:09 PM

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An academic community is nothing if we are not allowed to ask questions. In the Christian community, there's apparently a lot wrong with questioning beliefs, since merely tweeting on his twitter account has gotten Dan Haseltine, front man of Christian band Jars of...

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Your Gaydar is Broken: Gender Expression Does Not Dictate Sexuality

(8) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 1:13 PM

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We've all said it before. You've got good "gaydar" and are able to clock a queer person from a mile away. Your identification process is an innate 6th sense that allows you to sniff out queers from the heteros. It's a...

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The Myth of Christian Discrimination in the LGBT Rights Movement

(96) Comments | Posted April 2, 2014 | 1:22 PM

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...

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The Seventh-day Adventist Church Should Remember the Greatest Commandment

(3) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 4:47 PM

When it comes to the LGBT community and the Christian church, it's not good enough to say we want to show love, we need to actually start doing it. This concept is lost to many who believe that the faulty "love the sinner, hate the sin" mantra is...

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Seventh-day Adventist Anti-Gay Summit Held in Africa This Month

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 1:59 PM

The news from Africa this year for LGBT rights is grim, and it looks like it's only going to get worse. As new laws have been signed this year, I could be put in prison for life in Uganda if I were to marry a man, and I could go...

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White Cis Gay Men Need to Realize Discrimination Still Exists

(29) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 4:49 PM

The photo blog series Human of New York recently shared a portrait that has the LGBT community involved in a debate on discrimination. The series was started four years ago by photographer Brandon Stanton and captures diverse street portraits of New Yorkers, all different ages, races and backgrounds,...

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Bringing It Back to the One

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 2:40 PM

In 2010, five Seventh-day Adventist pastors got together in Denver, Colorado for rest, honest conversation and revitalization. The group of pastors sought to be better husbands, fathers and leaders by refocusing their spiritual lives during a retreat. What started as a small group of pastors has now become an international...

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Seventh-day Adventist Youth Conference Presenter Calls LGBT People Demon-Possessed

(16) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 6:02 PM

Like a lot of denominations, the Seventh-day Adventist church is getting it wrong when it comes to its LGBT youth. We're completely wrong, and we're putting lives at risk. I've spoken up on behalf of dialogue, bridge building and elevating the conversation between the church and its LGBT members, but...

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The Grammys, Macklemore and Straight Allies

(35) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 4:20 PM

This past weekend at the 56th annual Grammys, during a performance of "Same Love," the critically acclaimed marriage equality anthem written by Grammy winning rap artist Macklemore, a historic moment took place. Thirty-three couples, gay and straight, married in a ceremony officiated by Queen Latifah. Even before the event took...

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Religious Homphobia Is Still Homophobia

(74) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 3:49 PM

I'm a bisexual Seventh-day Adventist evangelical Christian. I've only ever gone to Seventh-day Adventist educational school systems. I grew up in pathfinders, singing for church special music since I was three, and going to Bible camps during my summers. I still go to a Seventh-day Adventist university where I work...

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Your Beautiful Flaws

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 11:50 AM

We have such a distorted view of beauty. Society brainwashes us to believe beauty is a size 0, it's white, and has no flaws. But true beauty has flaws. It's the flaws that make us unique. Our flaws are what set us apart; they make me, me, and you, you....

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5 Gifts to Get Your Sometimes Homophobic Christian Family

(2) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 1:40 PM

As we celebrated some time off of work or school and relished time with our family, adoptive family or friends, some couldn't escape the clutches of being homo for the holidays. More than likely, you were trying to keep your holiday cheer with that sometimes homophobic, less than tolerant, really...

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'Where Were You?' (VIDEO)

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2013 | 6:41 PM

Last April I published a piece of my poetry, entitled "Where Were You?" I shared this spoken-word poem after hearing the increasing amount of presentations on homosexuality, many which came from my own denomination, the Seventh-day Adventist Church. When I attended an SDA conference called "Gays in the...

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