I’m gay. Other people are too. Let’s move forward.

“We need to stop looking at this as an issue and start looking at it as real people” – Absolutely we do

Thoughts From Bravo

I read an article yesterday that included a statistic from The Suicide Prevention Resource Center –

They estimate that between 30 and 40% of LGBT youth (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) have attempted suicide.

Within this percentage, LGBT youths who experience rejection from their families are more than 8 times more likely to have attempted suicide, and 6 times more likely to report high levels of depression.

I read this and was heartbroken. But not surprised.

I wasn’t surprised because I’ve seen first hand the discrimination, the hatred and the lack of understanding that LGBT people face on a regular basis. And the saddest fact is that the place I’ve seen this most prominently is in the church – I have no doubt that the church’s outspoken attitude on homosexuality and the way it has treated the LGBT community in the past has contributed to the suicide statistics mentioned above.

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An open letter to non-affirming Christians

The silence is especially deafening when Christians have an apocalyptic fit when someone does come out and affirm being gay.

The Faithful Within

By Nathan Barber

Dear non-affirming Christians,

You’ve told me a million times. You disagree with my ‘lifestyle’ (whatever that means) but you still love me. You completely affirm my humanity and believe that I, as a gay man, am just as much made in the image of God as you are. I get it. I wish you would affirm my relationships too, but I get it. I really do. It’s just that I’m not quite sure anymore that I believe that you love me as much as you say you do. In fact, I’m doubting whether you have ever actually meant it at all. Because if you really do love me, then where the heck have you been?

Circulating around Facebook and Twitter last week was an abhorrent video of a man who calls himself a “pastor” claiming that we should execute every gay person in an attempt to achieve…

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A Rant on Feminism – and why we need it

A fantastic post on the problems women face in todays world, and why men need to be paying attention to them.

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The comments toward women in the comment sections on Facebook of that catcall video and the allegations against Jian Ghomeshi really make me feel sick to my stomach. They are mostly by men, and almost all of them are insulting the women and threatening them while trying to deny that we have a problem with how women are treated in today’s society.

Don’t believe me? Spend 10 minutes reading the comment section and ask yourself….is there really not a problem with violence towards women?

This is why we STILL NEED feminism. And feminism is not the problem. The problem is how defensive and aggressive men get when women speak up. Again, open your eyes and look around.

Let me ask you…is it okay for 3 men to follow me around a bar, ignore me when I blantantly say that I am uninterested? Is it okay for them to follow me…

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Stop Telling People Their Gay Child is Going to Hell!

Says everything that needs to be said!

Susan Cottrell & FreedHearts

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For busybody legalists who think it’s their job to correct others: BACK OFF.Stop meddling with what YOU think is wrong with others, and deal with your own business… I’m guessing you’ve got plenty on your own plate to deal with.

My blood is boiling. My friend Alice lives in a tiny military town full of extremely legalistic churches. Every Sunday and Wednesday, fire and brimstone is preached from the pulpit—but never ­the abundant love of Christ. Women wear only dresses, and red is the devil’s color. You get the picture.

Alice’s daughter is a lesbian. You can watch her boyish gait and swagger and know it’s just part of her DNA, something she did not choose any more than some gay men I know chose to be strikingly effeminate.

Here’s the blood-boiling part: Alice went to chaperone her children’s Sunday school class at a lock-in at the aquarium. It’s the…

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Where are the women?

There’s also the issue of the very limited subjects that women are invited to speak on. The church should be leading the way on equality, not being dragged kicking and screaming.

I wrote a little piece a while back at https://christianonthefrontline.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/its-time-for-the-next-revolution/ on this too 🙂

Run for your life

Photographed by Jendella

There’s a conversation going on about the lack of women being invited to speak at Christian conferences. Rachel Held-Evans highlighted the tiny minority of women speaking at one event, a US blogger Jonathan Merritt collated some stats on US conferences and now @god_loves_women has done something similar for UK conferences.

There is far more to creating an environment of equality where both women and men can thrive than having more women on platforms, but it does send a powerful signal of inclusion. The dominance of men in the public sphere of the church helps to perpetuate the feeling of living in a man’s world. When girls and women fail to see themselves represented, their own worlds become smaller with fewer opportunities. So it really does matter.

People who say ‘forget about gender, just pick the best person for the task’ show a stunning lack of awareness of firstly, male privilege…

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