The year was 1985. I had graduated college the year before, and had just started to come out as a gay man. The son of a Lutheran pastor, church had made up a big part of my world. However, because of the growing awareness of my own sexual orientation, those years growing up were filled with shame, fear, and isolation.
Dear religious leaders: When you tell people that God doesn’t love them as they are, they believe you. And then they act accordingly. Namely, leaving your faith community.
We were sitting in Arby’s when it happened—a song played through the speakers that deeply touched my mother.
She dropped her fork, closed her eyes, and began to sway back and forth.
In 2013, Rev. Frank Schaefer was found "guilty" by the United Methodist Church for officiating the wedding of his son, Tim, to his same-sex partner.
"A drag queen, a lesbian rocker and a Catholic nun walk into a church..."
This might sound like the opening line of a joke, but on November 14, 15 and 16—that's exactly what's happening in New York City as Believe Out Loud joins Level Ground Film Festival to bring the Road Show to New York City.
I know a fair amount about religion and discrimination. And I know they shouldn’t mix.
I’m supporting updating Michigan’s landmark Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals—because discrimination is wrong, and religious beliefs shouldn’t foster discrimination.
Exactly a decade ago this month I received an email flagged as urgent from Monrovia, Liberia. It was from Lee Johnson, then coordinator of "Liberian Youths Against HIV/AIDS.”
As an immigrant, a woman, and a person of color, I know what a public show of solidarity can mean in the face of adversity. Ashamedly, there have been times when I did not offer such solidarity to others.
When I first became a Christian, I failed to be a public ally to LGBT people I loved dearly.