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Eliel Cruz
Eliel Cruz is the Executive Director of Faith In America, an organization dedicated to ending religious based bigotry towards LGBT people.

Cruz is a prolific speaker and writer on religion, (bi)sexuality, media, and culture as seen in the Huffington Post, Upworthy, Mic, Daily Dot, Everyday Feminism, Washington Post, Sojourners, DETAILS Magazine, Quartz, Rolling Stone.

He's the co-founder and former president of Intercollegiate Adventist Gay-Straight Alliance Coalition, an organization that advocates for safe spaces for LGBT students at Seventh-day Adventist colleges. He has a BBA & BA in International Business and French Studies from Andrews University.

You can find Eliel on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Entries by Eliel Cruz

The Evangelical Right's Theology On LGBT People Is Violence

(165) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 4:45 PM

There is a direct correlation to the anti-LGBT theology shared by religious leaders to the violence LGBT people face. This theology -- which dehumanizes, ostracizes, and demonizes LGBT people -- does not happen in a vacuum.

Just over a week ago, forty-nine members of the LGBT community, overwhelmingly Latinx,...

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Bathroom Bills Aren't About Religious Freedom

(70) Comments | Posted March 25, 2016 | 3:04 PM

This Wednesday, North Carolina passed the most dangerous piece of anti-LGBT legislation in the country, restricting cities from passing nondiscrimination laws and preventing trans people from using bathrooms that represents their gender identity. All of this has been done in the name of so-called "religious freedom."

It was

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7 Ways to Be a Bad-Ass Bisexual Ally (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 11:39 AM

Allies help us create spaces for our voices to be heard and eradicate harmful ideas that oppress us. Straight people aren't the only ones who can be allies. It's not often talked about but gays and lesbians are just as capable of being allies to bisexuals (and trans folk) as...

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MTV's 'Faking It' Big Bisexual Blunder

(1) Comments | Posted October 30, 2015 | 11:51 AM

[Spoilers Ahead]

The premise of MTV's show Faking It had the LGBT community worried -- myself included. The series premiered a storyline on best friends, Amy and Karma, "faking" being lesbians. Critics called the idea insensitive to the often harsh realities of coming out as a teenager.

However, the show...

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13 Things Bisexuals Are Tired of Hearing (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 1:46 PM

I'm a bisexual man -- the unicorn in the LGBT community. For years I've dealt with biphobia from both the straight and gay community. I've been told that my sexuality is a phase, i'm sexually greedy or that i'm not really "queer enough."

There are some out and proud bisexuals...

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11 Things Christians Need to Stop Saying to LGBT People (VIDEO)

(146) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 1:12 PM

Most LGBT individuals (at least in the U.S.) understand Christianity and likely were even raised in a church. While most Christians have little true experience or real relationships with LGBT individuals. As someone who straddles the line between these two groups, I often see them talk past each other, mostly...

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5 Tips for Dating Bisexual People (VIDEO)

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 8:02 PM

Dating is tough. Dating as a bisexual man proves to be extra-tricky. For a variety of reasons, many gay men and straight women won't date bi guys. But those reasons tend to stem from their own insecurities or misunderstandings around what it means to be bisexual.

Being bisexual means that...

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I'm Sorry: God Adores You

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


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

(1) 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.


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On #NotAllChristians

(6) 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

(1) 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


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


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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