Gay people have always been around, and in eras when homoeroticism was viewed more matter-of-factly, as in ancient Egypt, various Greek city states, and the Roman Empire, there is evidence of same-sex unions, and perhaps marriage.
Calls for reforming the community's engagement of homosexuality are, I think, having an effect. In my observation, evangelicals increasingly are fed up with the way the Christian church has often spoken to and about gays and lesbians
If progress is inevitable, am I wasting my time? Am I like a sports fan, cheering from the sidelines, who thinks his zealous support will actually impact the score of the game? Could you go so far as to call it arrogant to think one can impact progress?
If there's an artist who most reminds us there are multiple art worlds -- each with its own pantheon of artists, fans, aesthetic and ideological concerns and targeted markets -- it's got to be Jack Smith.
All over the world, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people are persecuted. We treat them as pariahs and make them doubt that they too are children of God -- this must be nearly the ultimate blasphemy.
I've taught classes on the sexual orientation resolution process; I studied the Kinsey Report; I know the current sexual orientation scholarship. Some of my gay friends say I know more about the subject than they do. Yet I am a recovering homophobe.