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3 Ways LGBT Christians Are Blessing the Church

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 07.25.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

A first step in helping to heal the antagonistic separation between non-affirming and affirming Christians and congregations, is for all to open their eyes to the ways that LGBT Christians are already blessing -- and possibly even renewing -- the Church as a whole.

Planting Seeds of Change as LGBT Christians - from El Salvador to North America

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 07.24.2014 | Religion
Richard M. Weinberg

That any church these days would take the step toward full inclusion of the LGBT community is courageous. That the Salvadoran Episcopal Church's Sexual Diversity Ministry even exists is a miracle to behold.

Jesus Went To Gay Pride With A Very Important Message

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion

Protestors at the 2014 Chicago Pride Parade on June 29 held up signs quoting the Bible and saying "Homo Sex Is Sin," but their message was negated by ...

The Christian Closet

Shane Jordan | Posted 06.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Shane Jordan

A famous quotation widely attributed to Gandhi has been on my mind a lot lately: "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." Why are today's Christians such a departure from the actual person of Christ?

Will Gay Marriage Split The United Methodist Church?

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Will the United Methodist Church soon have to drop the “United” part of its name? A group of 80 pastors is suggesting that the nation’s...

'My Religious Identity Is as Important to Me as My Sexual Identity' (VIDEO)

Nathan Manske | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Manske

2014-05-22-20140521JohnRussellStangersmall.jpgAfter learning that his religion was anti-LGBTQ, John Russell Stanger, now the first openly gay Presbyterian minister ordained in Texas, stayed in the closet even while earning his B.A. in religion. It was in seminary that John figured out that Jesus would in fact be very accepting and loving toward LGBTQ people.

Reflection: God and the Gay Christian

Amelia Markham | Posted 07.19.2014 | Gay Voices
Amelia Markham

Vines' book is written from a conservative and incredibly Evangelical position and argues for the affirmation of same-sex relationships not in spite of the Bible but because of the Bible.

How a Conservative Catholic Girl Became a Producer on a Gay Web Series

Kit Williamson | Posted 07.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Kit Williamson

I'm still a radical, political queer and Kristyne is still a conservative, Catholic girl, and I am so happy that we were able to work together, despite our differences, to produce EastSiders.

Why This Gay Author Plans To Stay Abstinent Until His Wedding Day

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.07.2014 | Gay Voices

Author and activist Matthew Vines joined HuffPost Live this week for a candid conversation about sexuality, spirituality and organized religion as exp...

God and the Gay Christian: A Wesleyan Perspective

Ty McCarthy | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Ty McCarthy

Whenever there is a situation that is hard to reconcile the first place a Wesleyan gets help is from the Bible. But we, Wesleyans, don't use the Bible alone. We approach the situation using the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, a four-pronged test that helps us make sense of it.

From Familiar to Foreign: A Gay Christian Goes Back to Church

Jenna Tenn-Yuk | Posted 06.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Jenna Tenn-Yuk

I've been deeply hurt by the judgment and anti-gay discourse of Christian communities. I still can't believe what I hear coming out of the church -- no pun intended. But a few months ago I started a challenge to go back to church.

The Myth of Christian Discrimination in the LGBT Rights Movement

Eliel Cruz | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

Within the Christian community, there are those who believe we are being discriminated against. However, no one is pushing legislation that excludes Christians from basic legal rights in the U.S.

Top Bishop Invites Gay Clergy To Come Out

Religion News Service | Trevor Grundy | Posted 04.01.2014 | Religion

CANTERBURY, England (RNS) A leading member of the Church of England has called on gay bishops to “come out” as England celebrated its first same-s...

It's Time to Stop Calling Fundamentalists 'Christians'

David Michael McFarlane | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
David Michael McFarlane

To call a response of this magnitude embarrassing is no longer sufficient. In the last two years Fundamentalists have banded behind a fast food chain, racist reality TV star and discriminatory legislation in their attempt to police LGBTQ persons.

World Vision's (Failed) Attempt at Justice for Gay Christians

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | Posted 05.26.2014 | Religion
Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

World Vision just announced that they have reversed their policy, announced only two days ago, to accept gay Christians as employees. This is so sad, and so bad for everyone.

World Vision Caves And Reverses Gay-Friendly Hiring Policy

Posted 03.26.2014 | Religion

Just days after announcing that it was revising its handbook to allow the hiring of Christians who are in same-sex marriages, World Vision leaders sai...

Influential Christian Charity Makes Huge Shift In LGBT Hiring Practices [UPDATED]

Posted 03.26.2014 | Religion

Update, March 26: World Vision has reversed its decision to allow the employment of married LGBT people. See HuffPost Religion's latest coverage her...

Transgender Acceptance Simplified: The Air and the Light

Stephanie Mott | Posted 05.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Mott

I did everything I could think of to learn how to be this man I thought I had to be. I spent a lifetime trying to get my soul to match my body. In the falsehood of that existence, I was unable to participate in life.

I'm Calling a Mulligan on the American Church

Joel L. Watts | Posted 05.04.2014 | Religion
Joel L. Watts

Maybe we could call a mulligan on how we evangelize. So we have forced conversion on anyone at the start, but what would this mean today?

Why One Conservative Christian Won't Shut Up About Gay Rights

Robin O'Bryant | Posted 05.03.2014 | Religion
Robin O'Bryant

The same bill that was passed in Arizona then vetoed by the governor is in the Mississippi Congress right now. I changed my profile picture to protest what I think is a violation of human rights. I never knew rainbows made people so angry. Then the questions started coming.

God Loves You as You Are: A Message for All Gay and Transgender Latinos From an American Missionary in Costa Rica

Richard M. Weinberg | Posted 04.30.2014 | Latino Voices
Richard M. Weinberg

I cannot fully understand what it means to be an LGBT Costa Rican (or an LGBT Latino, for that matter) because I don't live here and I'm not Latino. Still, I do believe that there are certain things that we LGBT people around the world who have grown up in a faith community have in common.

A Kiss of Solidarity

Bert Montgomery | Posted 04.20.2014 | Religion
Bert Montgomery

When I recently asked a friend not to publicly post a picture of a Christian brother and me goofing off in which he puckered up and I leaned in and kissed him on his cheek, I had no idea how hurtful my request would be.

Next for the Gay Rights Movement: Filling the Spiritual Dimension

Deepak Chopra | Posted 04.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Deepak Chopra

The fact that the Supreme Court invalidated state laws against homosexuality was the bellwether of a shift in acceptance that will only accelerate. It's time, then, to consider another dimension that has been masked by the headlines over legal battles. That's the dimension of spirituality.

Selena Owens' Answer to Cultural Depravity

Jonathan Zeng | Posted 04.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Jonathan Zeng

Ms. Owens was quite offended by Sunday's Grammy Awards and called it "a forthright assault on conservatives" which furthered "homosexual advancement" in American culture.

Not Comfort and Joy for All

Michael Pettinger | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Michael Pettinger

What if you're a gay, Catholic male, sitting in church with your siblings and elderly parents, wanting to pray and receive the sacrament with them?