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    Mon, 9 Jan 2017
    blogTo Be Known: My Journey To Standing Rock

    My entire life has been an exercise in chasing after the fulfillment of being known. I was born in Caracas, Venezuela but have lived in the Latin diaspora since I was 3 years old. I have never returned home. I do not know my people, my language, or my birth family. I’m exhausted from chasing what I imagine is the... more...

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    Fri, 23 Dec 2016
    blogComing Out As Trans In An Affirming Faith...

    Affirming pastors can have an immeasurably positive impact in the lives of their LGBTQIA congregants. Hannah Soldner, a Believe Out Loud blogger, is lucky to have three affirming pastors who accompany her on her faith journey. Rev. Mieke Vandersall, the second openly gay minister to be ordained in the Presbyterian Church, is one of... more...

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    Fri, 9 Dec 2016
    blogMy Hope Is In Us

    Advent is the great liturgical season of waiting. We yearn, we search, and we reach out, and we dream of Immanuel who will walk amoung us. We spend much time preparing our homes and our churches for the holiday, and we wait. This season of waiting with expectation is the perfect time to work on our relationship with the Divine, to focus... more...

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    Mon, 24 Oct 2016
    blogBeing Trans In An Age Of Violence

    I grew up in Northern Mexico, the Republic of Texas, and learned to think thru my body and not only depend on rational thinking per se. As an always gender non-conforming person who later found a home in naming themself a non-binary Transgender person, I have always lived with a particular set of vulnerabilities. Read more. more...

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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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