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Eliel Cruz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eliel Cruz

We are creating a platform for Seventh-day Adventist queer students to share their stories. We're not out to change anyone's theology. This is a campaign to put faces behind the conversations being had so carelessly in our churches, homes, and schools.

Christian Campuses on the Front Lines of Gay Debates

Eliel Cruz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eliel Cruz

Although Seventh-day Adventist institutions of higher education do not suspend or expel LGBT students like some religiously affiliated institutions do, there is still little to no official support for this community. Why is that?

Tolerance Just Is Not Good Enough

Eliel Cruz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eliel Cruz

I cannot be reduced to a perverse act. My sexual orientation is a part of my identity but it is not my entire identity. You are not allowed to fantasize about the sex life, or lack thereof, that I engage in. Stop talking about me like a theory and talk to me as I am: I am Eliel.

Where Were You?

Eliel Cruz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eliel Cruz

Where were you in my early teen years as I contemplated suicide for the very first time? After years of taunts and bullying in the name of the Lord, my psyche broke and I was left alone to the darkness of insanity.

'Gays In The Family': An Inside Look At A Seventh-Day Adventist Presentation On Homosexuality (VIDEO)

Eliel Cruz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eliel Cruz

All the "ex-gay" speakers had traumatic childhood experiences to which they attribute the cause of their "same-sex attractions," most of them having been sexually abused. Lives of drug use, prostitution and promiscuity were presented as the norm for LGBT people.

Progressive Love

Eliel Cruz | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

Last week, a friend, ally and pastor, Ryan Bell, was let go from the Hollywood Adventist Church. One of the core reasons was because of his radical approach to LGBT members.

Why I'm Still A Seventh-day Adventist

Eliel Cruz | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

Even now, as my blog posts create waves in the Adventist church and I'm faced with losing relationships, my personal life completely torn apart by the general public, and even legal threats, I remain Adventist. We may disagree on what the Bible says about sexuality, but I still love them.

Church Is A Battlefield

Eliel Cruz | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

I cannot walk through most of our churches without having to duck at the stones that are thrown in the form of whispers, verses and stares. If looks could kill, I'd be dead.

113th Congress Most Religiously Diverse Ever –- And Why It Matters

Dwayne Leslie | Posted 03.11.2013 | Religion
Dwayne Leslie

We are reminded again about America's wonderfully unique status as a melting pot. As a place where one's religious faith should never be an impediment to achievement. Yet the question remains: How will these (and other) non-mainstream voices be treated in the upcoming Congress?

But The Greatest Of These Is Love

Eliel Cruz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eliel Cruz

On Wednesday, Oct. 17, the Seventh-day Adventist Church's Executive Committee, at the Annual Council, changed their half-page stance on homosexuality. Naturally, there was a buzz in the "Seventh-Gay Adventist" world about this change.

I am a Seventh-Gay Adventist

Eliel Cruz | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Eliel Cruz

I am a young Seventh-day Adventist, bisexual male and I believe that it's time for Christianity to come out of the closet of close-mindedness. It's time to admit that "Don't Ask/Don't Tell" hasn't worked. Preaching fear and ignorance hasn't worked.