Pope Francis continues to radically refocus the Catholic Church and, even as a non-Catholic, I am beginning to view him as a personal pastor.
We've had a rich life as a couple and as a family. In lots of ways we are very similar to many other families across the U.S. We've also had some challenges that other families don't have to deal with. Some have been cultural and legal, but those that have had the deepest impact have been religious.
Michele Josue's debut feature-length documentary follows Josue (who was a close friend of Matt's) as she travels to pivotal locations in Shepard's life. As Josue interviews other friends and family members, we viewers gain insight into the beautiful life as well as the devastating loss.
On Wednesday 50 gay, straight, bisexual, and transgender Christians will converge on Kansas City, Kan., for the inaugural leadership conference of the Reformation Project, a Bible-based Christian nonprofit seeking to reform the church's stance on sexual orientation and gender identity.
You are your body. When you meditate, include the body. When you get enlightened, it is the body getting enlightened. If you can't take your body with you, don't go there.
My homosexual desires. They don't matter. But is that only if I don't act on them? Or will the church still condemn me for slow dancing with my partner at the next wedding we attend? If the answer is yes, Francis, then don't be alarmed when you hear me hanging up.
It is my hope that the future Tyler Clementis of the world will hear love and affirmation from the pulpit in all churches. While that day may still be a long way off, parents can make a world of difference by choosing a church family that will embrace all God's children with respect.
In addition to being a term for pro-LGBT Christians, "NALT" is a newly launched Web movement for allies of faith to publicize their support for the LGBT community. "NALT" is a term that can be adopted for your own purposes in promoting LGBT rights at your church.
I could not say a half-assed goodbye to this meme of gluteus maximus acrobatics which at its best is funny and at its worst, a dizzying cellulite assault on the eyes.
The sexification of popular culture as exhibited by such performers as Miley, Beyonce, and Thicke does not necessarily mean complete moral decay and the victory of degenerate youth.
As a lesbian, I am often faced with people who are certain that I am living "outside" of "God's will" for my life -- simply because of my sexual orientation.
When we repress our nature as sexual beings, we cease to be our full selves. This does not mean we must all give into every sexual impulse or desire we have, but acknowledge that they are a vital and normal part of who we are.
Beyond the philosophical and medical argument of what makes a "real" man or woman, there is the simple level of civility. When you deliberately attack someone's core identity you have foregone the basic rules of decency.
While the religious right's attempts to ban porn in America may be stalled for the moment, the fight to ban pornography recently made inroads across the pond.
My experiences in the pews, and in the classroom, taught me that adults often profess knowledge about subjects they know very little about, and that my mind was prone to an enormous amount of speculative wandering.
The popular assumption is that one either inherits a religious institution or else joins because one is familiar with and agrees with its religious ideologies. Not necessarily