Text

Anonymous said: Hi, so I am a struggling Pansexual Christian coming from a very religious family and I've been feeling very miserable about myself. I've been praying and praying to God to help me. I feel that if I come out, my family won't accept me. I didn't choose to be this way and I hope they will realize that. I believe everything In the bible. I am a born again Christian and I know that practicing homosexuality is wrong but I'm only human, how am I supposed to be happy if I can marry someone.

Contrary to what you’ve been told, sexual diversity is part of God’s creation. God made us all a little bit different in certain aspects, yet essentially the same. And to be pansexual is just as normal as to have red hair. You have nothing to feel miserable about or to be ashamed of. It’s the people who tell you you’re wrong for being yourself who should be ashamed.

Perhaps you should wait until you’re independent of your family to come out. Stick with us and we’ll continue to uplift you and help you strengthen your faith. Be well.

Text

Anonymous said: I have lost my faith in God because I found out last year I am bi. I don't see a point in following Him now because He probably hates me anyways, and He'll probably send me to hell for it. I'm not even sure He exists. I don't understand; if He doesn't make mistakes why does He create bisexual people, especially since He hates homosexuality?

God doesn’t hate LGBT people. God loves us all. We are all God’s children. And all people will ultimately be reconciled with God.

Don’t listen to the people telling you you’re wrong just because of who you love. People look at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart!

My heart breaks for you. May you come to realize that you are God’s beloved; in you God is well pleased. -EM

Text

Anonymous said: Your blog has helped me so much in my relationship with God and discovering my sexuality. I'm now in a very happy and committed relationship with God and my girlfriend thanks to you and I just wanted to say thank you so much :)

Thanks be to God! We’re so happy for you, anon, and thanks for your kind words. Ministering to you all is the closest thing I’ve got to a real job, so you have no idea how much your words mean.

Speaking of a job, if any of you have a welcoming and affirming church in need of a pastor, I’m now up for grabs! My preference is to the US Northeast or Pacific Northwest. (email: molina.livingdesign@gmail.com)

Also, I can’t take all the credit for helping folks like you. Past contributors Connor and Ian and current contributors Sean and Rachel are also to thank.

—Enrique

Photo
Anon, I personally don’t believe in a place of damnation. I believe hell is a state of being separated from God and that ultimately all people will be reconciled with the Creator. 
But does John 3:16 say whosoever is straight and believes in God…shall have everlasting life? No, whosoever does not have exceptions. You are whosoever! God loves everything God has made or God would not have created it in the first place (Wisdom 11:24-26).
@cryofthenile, the more urgent issue is you being tormented by your family. Some families come around after a while, but yours doesn’t sound like it’d be one of them; is there any way you could get out of that situation, perhaps a gay-affirming friend whose family might be willing to take you in? There is a limit to how much a young closeted person should have to go through.
Both of you seem to have the same question though: after everything my family and community of faith have told me, how can I be sure God loves me? Watch this.

Anon, I personally don’t believe in a place of damnation. I believe hell is a state of being separated from God and that ultimately all people will be reconciled with the Creator. 

But does John 3:16 say whosoever is straight and believes in God…shall have everlasting life? No, whosoever does not have exceptions. You are whosoever! God loves everything God has made or God would not have created it in the first place (Wisdom 11:24-26).

@cryofthenile, the more urgent issue is you being tormented by your family. Some families come around after a while, but yours doesn’t sound like it’d be one of them; is there any way you could get out of that situation, perhaps a gay-affirming friend whose family might be willing to take you in? There is a limit to how much a young closeted person should have to go through.

Both of you seem to have the same question though: after everything my family and community of faith have told me, how can I be sure God loves me? Watch this.

Photo
American Quakers are Running an ‘Underground Railroad’ to Help LGBT Ugandans Flee 

A group of American Quakers are operating what they call a “new underground railroad” to help a few LGBT Ugandans flee their country, where a recent law imposes harsh penalties for homosexuality.
The Friends New Underground Railroad (FNUR), based in Washington state, sees itself as continuing the work of Quakers who historically helped slaves escape the American South. As of this Monday, they say they have worked with unnamed Ugandan “conductors” to fund and coordinate passage out of the country for 107 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Ugandans, nine of whom have reached Sweden, while several dozen others are “being processed for asylum status in countries around the world,” according to the group’s FAQ page.
Read on.

American Quakers are Running an ‘Underground Railroad’ to Help LGBT Ugandans Flee

A group of American Quakers are operating what they call a “new underground railroad” to help a few LGBT Ugandans flee their country, where a recent law imposes harsh penalties for homosexuality.

The Friends New Underground Railroad (FNUR), based in Washington state, sees itself as continuing the work of Quakers who historically helped slaves escape the American South. As of this Monday, they say they have worked with unnamed Ugandan “conductors” to fund and coordinate passage out of the country for 107 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender Ugandans, nine of whom have reached Sweden, while several dozen others are “being processed for asylum status in countries around the world,” according to the group’s FAQ page.

Read on.

Video

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu: Oppression of gays is ‘new Apartheid’

The Most Rev. Desmond Tutu explains why he cannot stand on the sidelines as LGBT people struggle at the hands of their oppressors. “God sits there and weeps,” he remarked, “because God is saying ‘do you know what? You are all my children.’”

Photo
gaychristian:

If you’re struggling as an LGBT Christian and need someone to talk to about your faith and orientation or gender identity/expression, talk to @gaychristianofficial on Kik.

gaychristian:

If you’re struggling as an LGBT Christian and need someone to talk to about your faith and orientation or gender identity/expression, talk to @gaychristianofficial on Kik.

(via gaychristian)

Photo
believe-out-loud:

Yesterday, a Colorado state judge ruled the state’s amendment forbidding same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional! And the church said “AMEN!” :-)
Read More

believe-out-loud:

Yesterday, a Colorado state judge ruled the state’s amendment forbidding same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional! And the church said “AMEN!” :-)

Read More

Photo
RUSSIAN ORTHODOX PRIEST: WORLD CUP AN ‘ABOMINATION’
Looks like someone is a little bitter that his home country didn’t win a single World Cup game. So he attacked the World Cup in an op-ed. Look at those football players gaying it up with their flamboyant shoes and wild hair styles. 
That’s all you’ve got? Just be sure not to gay up Sunday service with Tchaikovsky's music! 
Tchaikovsky’s All Night Vigil here. 

RUSSIAN ORTHODOX PRIEST: WORLD CUP AN ‘ABOMINATION’

Looks like someone is a little bitter that his home country didn’t win a single World Cup game. So he attacked the World Cup in an op-ed. Look at those football players gaying it up with their flamboyant shoes and wild hair styles. 

That’s all you’ve got? Just be sure not to gay up Sunday service with Tchaikovsky's music! 

Tchaikovsky’s All Night Vigil here. 

(Source: thenewcivilrightsmovement.com)

Photo
TWO SETBACKS FOR LGBT EQUAL RIGHTS IN THE USA
Mississippi’s Queer Jim Crow law (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) is now in effect. Any business owner can refuse service to LGBT people by claiming their religious views conflict with the business transaction. Still some municipalities are challenging this law, and some businesses are affirming that they welcome everyone. 
Also, Major LGBT and Civil Rights Organizations are dropping support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would bar discrimination in the workplace. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Pride At Work, and the Transgender Law Center no longer support the watered-down bill with its broad religious exemptions. Only The Human Rights Campaign continues to support ENDA.
Lastly, the President is still preparing an executive order barring discrimination against current or prospective LGBT federal contractors. Catholic Charities and the others crying for religious exemptions are now joined by Rick Warren. The religious exemption would water down the executive order and render it useless.
After the Supreme Court’s decision that the religiously affiliated for-profit Hobby Lobby doesn’t have to provide employee contraception, LGBT advocates feared The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would create more harm than good if passed. The bill had no chance of passing through the current House of Representatives at any rate. 
We fight on. -GCI

TWO SETBACKS FOR LGBT EQUAL RIGHTS IN THE USA

Mississippi’s Queer Jim Crow law (Religious Freedom Restoration Act) is now in effect. Any business owner can refuse service to LGBT people by claiming their religious views conflict with the business transaction. Still some municipalities are challenging this law, and some businesses are affirming that they welcome everyone. 

Also, Major LGBT and Civil Rights Organizations are dropping support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, a bill that would bar discrimination in the workplace. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD), Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Pride At Work, and the Transgender Law Center no longer support the watered-down bill with its broad religious exemptions. Only The Human Rights Campaign continues to support ENDA.

Lastly, the President is still preparing an executive order barring discrimination against current or prospective LGBT federal contractors. Catholic Charities and the others crying for religious exemptions are now joined by Rick Warren. The religious exemption would water down the executive order and render it useless.

After the Supreme Court’s decision that the religiously affiliated for-profit Hobby Lobby doesn’t have to provide employee contraception, LGBT advocates feared The Employment Non-Discrimination Act would create more harm than good if passed. The bill had no chance of passing through the current House of Representatives at any rate.

We fight on. -GCI