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Eliel Cruz is a speaker and writer on religion, (bi)sexuality, and a culture critic. His work has been found in the Advocate, Religion News Service, Huffington Post, Mic, Sojourners, Washington Post, Patheos, Everyday Feminism, DETAILS Magazine, Rolling Stone, VICE, and Slate. 

He's the co-founder and former president of Intercollegiate Adventist Gay-Straight Alliance Coalition, an organization that advocates for safe spaces for LGBT students at Seventh-day Adventist colleges. He has a BBA & BA in International Business and French Studies from Andrews University.

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Apr 23, 2014

It was Saturday afternoon at 3:38pm: the doors to the auditorium had been open for 18 minutes, and we already had a filled room. We talked about streaming in one overflow room, but we ended up with three rooms. This was the first program Andrews University, the flagship institution of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church, had with LGBT students.

In fact, this was the first offical recognized program with out-LGBT people in the history of the SDA Church.

Jan 14, 2014

Being the loudest queer voice in the Seventh-day Adventist denomination has made me a big target in my church. While many members are genuinely interested in a dialogue, there are still those who wish I would stop talking about equality. 

Each outburst made, each letter written, and each sermon preached against my message perpetuates the ignorant intolerance I work so hard to dispel.

Dec 20, 2013

This month I released a video of a spoken word poem entitled “Where Were You?” that I wrote and published this past April. I wrote the piece after sitting through a homophobic conference presented by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. I wanted to ask those who talk about LGBT folk where they were during different time periods of my life where I was discriminated against by the hands of the Church.

Nov 27, 2013

“We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced." -Malala Yousafzai

A person’s story is one of the most sacred pieces of themselves. To share is to be made vulnerable. It takes a lot of courage to be transparent and honest about one’s story. Yet it is only through stories that we can begin to talk about topics such as race, gender, sexuality, and other minority groups on a humanistic level.

It is through stories that we begin to bridge gaps. 

Oct 03, 2013

Throughout my life, the majority of negative experiences concerning my sexuality have happened within Seventh-day Adventist Christian institutions, both religous and educational. In school, I learned to use books for shields and hobbies for distractions while words like faggot and abomination were thrown in my direction.

In elementary schools, children teased me about my sexual orientation before I even knew what that meant.

Sep 16, 2013

I was at the inaugural annual Intercollegiate Adventist GSA Coalition (IAGC) meeting the first time I saw Seventh-Gay Adventists, a film that documents the lives of three couples who identify as members of both the queer community and th

May 14, 2013

You sit straight up in your pew, white shirt pressed, artificially hiding all of your stains, amen'ing each time the pastor condemns me: "Homosexuals, unnatural, abomination."

You nod your head after each sentence, blindly stamping me a first class ticket into exile: "It's a choice, you have to be celibate, I don't agree with your lifestyle."

Your judgments are made long before the words "I'm queer" roll off my tongue.

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