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    Tue, 11 Oct 2016
    blogSeeking My Reflection

    I grew up in the UK during the era of Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female prime minister. Thatcher’s ideal England was as traditional as the Adventist churches I attended every Saturday, and their shared social philosophy was our water and air. One of Thatcher’s legacies was a local government rule called... more...

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    Mon, 12 Sep 2016
    blogBack To School For Trans Kids

    The back-to-school season can bring a mixture of emotions for parents and kids alike. For some it’s all excitement. For others, it’s nervousness and trepidation. For transgender children and their parents, it can be a time of sheer terror. While some schools (and the communities they are in) are great, others are so... more...

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    Tue, 26 Jul 2016
    blogIt’s Okay To Not Be Okay

    On July 8th, I wanted to scream at a little kid on the subway. Usually, I love kids.  I have been babysitting since I was ten years old. My first job out of college was as a youth leader. I currently spend my days either working with children or planning programs so that I can work with children. I don’t even mind riding an... more...

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    Mon, 27 Jun 2016
    blogI First Saw The Rainbow Flag In A Church

    I first saw the rainbow flag of LGBTQ Pride in a church. It was 1985, back when same-sex marriage was so taboo that pollsters didn’t even ask about it. I had just come out of the closet as a lesbian and moved to San Francisco with my life partner. On our first Sunday in town, we decided to go to Metropolitan Community... more...

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    Mon, 23 May 2016
    blogMormon in Montana: My Experience Of LGBTQ Youth...

    These days I am one of the first in any group to jump to defend someone’s religious beliefs, including their right to share them in a friendly, respectful manner. It wasn’t always this way. At one point in my life, I found all religion, spirituality, or belief system harmful and hypocritical. The second God was... more...

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    Mon, 9 May 2016
    blogA Love Letter To Our Church From Your LGBTQI...

    Originally posted by Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), the letter below caused RMN's website to crash due to an overload of traffic just hours after the letter's release. Believe Out Loud is honored to host a copy of this historic letter, and we stand in solidarity today with the 111 LGBTQI clergy and candidates... more...

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    Tue, 26 Apr 2016
    blogDebunking The “Gay Lifestyle"

    American Idol finalist La’Porsha Renae made comments about the LGBTQ community that gave many pause. When asked about the controversial bill that was passed in her home state of Mississippi, Ranae said that she did not agree with any law that would discriminate against anyone. However, she went on to say that “I am one... more...

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    Tue, 12 Apr 2016
    blogWhat The Queerest Musical Ever Taught Me About...

    I left the Sunday matinee of Fun Home and blinked into the sunlight. We had decided to go spontaneously as the last stop of our whirlwind weekend in the city. I left the show feeling gob smacked. “I wonder what it was like to watch that if you’re a straight person with living parents and no gender trauma,” I... more...

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    Mon, 21 Mar 2016
    blogA Trans Ally In A Tennessee Pew

    ADD YOUR NAME: Tell Tennessee Lawmakers to Block Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill Five years ago, I was a member of a Southern Baptist Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, listening to the same sermons as my Old Hickory Representative Susan Lynn. One Sunday, as our preacher dug deeper into Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, I was struck by... more...

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    Mon, 7 Mar 2016
    blogThe Importance Of LGBTQ-Affirmation To A Grieving...

    At the time of my brother’s death in 2007, it was very important that our family be spared rejection by the church in a time of grief. Some people have said to me, “Well, you could’ve had Warren’s memorial service at our church.” But—their churches are not Open & Affirming. In the... more...

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