As we bring 2014 to a close, we are proud to present the 10 most popular blogs published at Believe Out Loud during 2014!
2012 was the worst Christmas I could ever remember. I had just begun what would become an arduous and painful journey into coming out as a transgender woman. I had lost my job six months prior at a start-up web company. I was barely making ends meet and renting a one room flat with an air mattress and a closet.
Advent for, many Catholics, is a time of patience and reflection, a time of wonder and amazement.
Last fall I finally had enough. Enough of hearing the Roman Catholic Church romanticize the materially poor. Enough of watching the Roman Catholic Church fire married gays and lesbians from public ministry from high schools and churches. Enough of trying to defend the Roman Catholic Church’s practice of ordaining only celibate men to the priesthood. Enough is enough.
After coming out in her evangelical church, Rachel Murr searched for others who have held onto faith after coming out in non-affirming Christian environments. Using memoir, research, and interviews, she wrote Unnatural: Spiritual Resiliency in Queer Christian Women. Here’s our interview with her: