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- BlogMon, 11 Sep 2017Documenting Angels: Why I Fight for DACA
When I was young, I would often ask my mother stories about why we came to America. I wondered why we didn’t stay in the Philippines with many of our other family members. I was curious about why my mom would want to leave a place that she grew up in and established her life within. After all, these were the beautiful lands that held many of her fondest memories.more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogMon, 28 Aug 2017Building a Racially Responsible LGBTQIA Christian...
Last week Wade Davis offered this invitation to white Americans in response to what happened in Charlottesville: This grand display of domestic terrorism offers America yet another opportunity to confront white supremacy, not just white supremacists. And only self-identified white liberals and progressives are the individuals who should... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogFri, 11 Aug 2017The Role of Churches in Ending Anti-Sodomy Laws
We once again celebrated Pride month and many LGBTQI people and their allies in the global north revelled in the hard-won advances for the recognition of human rights for our communities. But 73 countries across the world still criminalize private same-gender intimacy between consenting adults, with 11 imposing the death penalty.... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogThu, 27 Jul 2017Will Supreme Court Allow Businesses To Refuse...
This week, the United States Supreme Court announced it will hear a case about whether a business can refuse to sell commercial goods to a gay couple because of the business owner’s religious beliefs. This ruling could impact all Americans who experience discrimination, not just those who are LGBTQIA. In 2012,... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogMon, 17 Jul 2017Meet The Mississippi Baker Who Refuses To...
As a baker and small business owner, I meet all kinds of people. I am truly blessed to have a job where I get to wake up each day and make people happy. People come into my bakery looking for sweets to celebrate life’s most special moments. Since 1962, we have been baking up delicious memories from scratch in Jackson,... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogMon, 26 Jun 2017Questions & Possibilities: One Year After Pulse
A year ago, our communities were shaken. The news of the massacre of 49 individuals at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, took most of us by surprise. This horrendous act desecrated one of the most important sanctuaries of the LGBTQ+ community. It is at the club where many of us come to feel safe, secured, loved, cared for. Read more.... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogMon, 12 Jun 2017Recovering from Conversion Therapy One Bible...
When I first came out gay in 1999, many gay Christians and queer scholars were asking, “Who is gay/lesbian in the Bible?” Some pointed to Jonathan and David. Others to Ruth and Naomi. There were rumors of a gay Roman Centurion. I understood why people were on a quest to find gay Bible characters. Read more. more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogMon, 22 May 2017Setting Black Mothers Free
As a teenager, I went to youth Bible study on Wednesdays, choir rehearsal on Fridays, and volunteered with the Children’s Ministry on Saturdays. My week, and my network of friends, revolved around social activities in church. We traveled from place to place because safe and loving adults cared to drive us from place to place. I... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogMon, 8 May 2017Theology Ruined My Father’s Memorial Service
Last night was my dad’s memorial service. I delayed my coming out because of his illness. I knew that he was already struggling with his own mortality and that trying to reconcile the daughter he was so proud of and loved deeply with the ideas he had about LGBT people would be too much for him. He was the kind of guy who, when he... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud
- BlogMon, 24 Apr 20174 Ways to Be a Better Ally
The Trump administration has been in power for just over two months. Many people are fearful that the social advantages won in recent times will be rolled back. Recently, the administration took gender identity and sexual orientation off of the 2020 census. The cause for concern for many people in our country and the future of our... more...Filters: Believe Out Loud