Our message is simple: God loves you JUST AS YOU ARE! Our purpose is essential: to strengthen and enrich your faith.

So my parents want conversion therapy and I don’t want to do that because I’m afraid I will get hurt [and] I don’t believe that is Gods will. [But] I don’t want to upset my parents because then they will think I’m going down the “wrong” path. I also don’t think there is anything wrong with me and I’m afraid they are just getting sucked into a fundamentalist perspective with the bible and only think I listen to some sort of liberal propaganda. I just want them to see God’s love, please help.

Sorry about the late response. First, there’s nothing wrong with you. God loves you beyond your wildest dreams. Being gay is just another way in which our Creator has made us unique. It shouldn’t even be an issue, but some people want to punish diversity instead of celebrating it.

With your parents pushing conversion therapy, I don’t think it’s safe for your to remain in that house. Conversion therapy has been debunked as junk science and is mental abuse. I recommend you explain the situation to an LGBT-affirming friend or trusted adult such as a teacher who can help you find a stable place to live. That’s my opinion, and I ask the other trusted LGBT Christian leaders on Tumblr to add their opinions as well. But I do not see how anyone could healthily remain in such an environment. 

Despite all of this, there will soon be a day where you will thank God for making you unique. And you’ll realize that this situation built character and made you a stronger person.


happencheese-chan:

The changing nature of marriage

gaychristian:

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The early church had no specific rite for marriage. This was left up to the
secular authorities of the Roman Empire,* since marriage is a legal concern
for the legitimacy of heirs*….

I remember during a sexual history paper I took at university, our lecturer was talking to us about pre-marital relations in the first millennium of Christianity. You did not need a priest to validate/perform a marriage for you, there was no set right, nor religious significance to marriage per se, but pre-marital sex was adultery and so  you weren’t allowed to do it. When the master or a mistress of a house stumbled upon their servants getting up to no good together, they would demand the two marry each other right then and there. And that’s all it took. An (I’m assuming extremely awkward) “okay, she’s my wife now and I’m her husband” and the master/mistress of the house would be like “good that’s all settled” AND LEAVE THEM TO FINISH UP. 

Good times. 

How’s that for ‘traditional marriage?’


Anonymous said: Hi, so I'm a Catholic Southern girl & have been considering coming out as pansexual to my family, but after the recent announcements from the Vatican, I'm having second thoughts. Both my parents & sister have expressed how wrong they think homosexuality is, & I'm especially afraid of telling my dad, since he's paying for my education & is really homophobic. I just started college this year & really wanted a new start, but now I'm just really lost and confused...

Unfortunately, it would probably be best not to come out to your family at this time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be out at school, right?

As for your family, the Spirit will guide you in all truth. You’ll know when the time is right. You’re not alone. We’ve all been there. And trust us, your time will come!


The changing nature of marriage

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The early church had no specific rite for marriage. This was left up to the secular authorities of the Roman Empire,* since marriage is a legal concern for the legitimacy of heirs*. When the Empire became Christian under Constantine, Christian emperors continued the imperial control of marriage, as the Code of Justinian makes clear.

When the Empire faltered in the West, church courts took up the role of legal adjudicator of valid marriages. But there was *still no special religious meaning to the institution*. As the best scholar of sacramental history, Joseph Martos, puts it: “*Before the eleventh century there was no such thing as a Christian wedding ceremony* in the Latin church, and throughout the Middle Ages there was no single church ritual for solemnizing marriage between Christians.


Catholic bishops scrap welcome to gays in sign of church split


CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY REVERSES DECISION, WILL SCREEN ‘MILK’
Catholic University in Washington DC had put the brakes on a screening of the movie Milk in conjunction with LGBT History & Awareness Month. Now they have reversed the decision and will allow the screening to take place as planned, at the delight of the film’s author, Dustin Lance Black. The College Democrats, the sponsor of the event, plan to reschedule for sometime this month. 
CU claims it never intended to cancel the event, only to postpone it.

CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY REVERSES DECISION, WILL SCREEN ‘MILK’

Catholic University in Washington DC had put the brakes on a screening of the movie Milk in conjunction with LGBT History & Awareness Month. Now they have reversed the decision and will allow the screening to take place as planned, at the delight of the film’s author, Dustin Lance Black. The College Democrats, the sponsor of the event, plan to reschedule for sometime this month. 

CU claims it never intended to cancel the event, only to postpone it.

(Source: vox.com)