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Dr. Ben Carson Was My Hero

Eliel Cruz | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

Dr. Ben Carson, I'm a bisexual Seventh-day Adventist, and I currently attend the Seventh-day Adventist Church flagship institution, Andrews University. I want you to know that LGBT people are human. We are not a theoretical subject you can wish away.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church Should Remember the Greatest Commandment

Eliel Cruz | Posted 05.26.2014 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

It's our duty as Christians to communicate that love to the queer community. If the queer community is telling you we're not getting that message -- something needs to be changed.

Seventh-day Adventist Anti-Gay Summit Held in Africa This Month

Eliel Cruz | Posted 05.12.2014 | Religion
Eliel Cruz

In order to have a fair, balanced, and academic dialogue, more than one view must be present. We all step into more growth, more love, and more humility when we listen to the diversity of voices that make up the family of God.

Seventh-day Adventist Youth Conference Presenter Calls LGBT People Demon-Possessed

Eliel Cruz | Posted 04.13.2014 | Gay Voices
Eliel Cruz

There is absolutely no excuse for this sort of statement. It's wrong. It's damaging. And it promotes the incredibly harmful attitudes that result in physical and spiritual violence.

Share the Story

Eliel Cruz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay 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 01.23.2014 | Gay 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?

When a Redneck Loved a Queer

Eliel Cruz | Posted 11.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Eliel Cruz

In the courtroom in Collegedale, Tenn., our audience was sorry for things that they had never even done to me personally; they understood. They were sorry for a culture that has perpetuated homophobia, and in that moment nothing from the past mattered, and all was now forgiven.

Tolerance Just Is Not Good Enough

Eliel Cruz | Posted 10.30.2013 | Gay 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 06.30.2013 | Gay 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.

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.

But The Greatest Of These Is Love

Eliel Cruz | Posted 12.29.2012 | Gay 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 11.25.2012 | Gay 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.

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

Eliel Cruz | Posted 06.13.2013 | Gay 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.