The intersection of faith and sexuality is one that is often traveled with misconceptions and anxiety because the Church has mostly failed to offer thoughtful, helpful information and education. The Church has been more of a hindrance than a help when it comes to affirmation of our creation as God’s children of flesh and spirit. Gratefully, this is changing.
Being visibly trans or gender non-conforming in the world means you have the privilege of dealing with a lot of people’s feelings about your presence more than you care to.
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:
Today, let us pray to whatever Universal energy, whatever God, whatever entity we feel resonates most with our intentions. Let us remember to hold space for all the trans people that have unfairly lost their lives due to discrimination, due to violence and due to the indifference of those who remain silent.
"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.
David Hayward (aka the Naked Pastor) recently published a new book: The Art of Coming Out: Cartoons for the LGBTQ Community.
Four months ago, I decided to begin what I called the Transgender Summer of Faith Tour.
My hope was to speak at as many institutions of faith in and around the state of Kansas over the course of the summer.
For progressive churches in the U.S., there is a "sweet spot" of meaningful engagement in LGBTQ justice that many congregations are missing.