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The Gay Gospel?

You’ve always heard that Jesus never said anything about homosexuality, but you might be surprised to know that this is disputed among some theologians. While it’s true that Jesus never explicitly speaks about homosexuality — it was certainly commonly practiced in his day, and he would have encountered many homosexuals. In Roman sexual culture, men […]

What Kind of Atheist are You?

It’s no secret that I’m believer in a higher power. In discussing belief one day, a friend admitted that she’d never consider dating someone who wasn’t also an atheist; another friend wondered if it were possible for an atheist and a religious practitioner to date at all. With new research out showing that about half […]

Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art Thou my best Thought, by day or by night, Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.   From a very young age, I found myself incredibly attuned to the whisperings of the Holy Spirit.  Sometimes the […]

Massive Religion FAIL in the LGBT Community

It’s been a full year now that I’ve been writing for The L Stop, often about religion and spirituality in our community. The recent Pew Research poll results that came out have me wondering who out there is reading, given that about half of our community identifies as “unaffiliated, atheist or agnostic,” a little more […]

The “Clobber Passages,” Part I: Leviticus

“The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.” ~ William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice I’m guessing most of you don’t crack open your Bible’s for fun, if you even have one. And Leviticus? Rhymes with “my clitoris?” Ok, seriously, even if this stuff isn’t your particular cup-of-tea, I thought it would be cool to […]

Queer & Jewish: Congregation Or Chadash

When Laurie Grauer describes the type of community she finds in Congregation Or Chadash she thoughtfully chooses the words open, caring, and family. Like many queer folk, Laurie grew up religious, “I was born and raised (Jewish), went to Orthodox school from grades 1-12 and attended both Reform and Conservative camps.” However, when Laurie began […]

Jesus Christ is Queer

How befuddled Fred Phelps would be if Jesus were to come out of the closet! Yes I know, if Jesus came out as queer I’m sure more than Fred Phelps would spontaneously combust. Technically, he did come out of a tomb at one point, but I know I would just be giddy if Jesus donned […]

Queer Catholics React to Pope Francis

Social media sites were immediately abuzz yesterday, as the world watched Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio — now Pope Francis — speak the first words of his papacy from the red velvet curtained balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square and the rest of the world. Here are a few reactions I received from LGBTQ Catholics: “There are a few […]

Inviting Faith Leaders to the Journey Toward Marriage Equality

I recently reread the “Letter from Birmingham Jail” written by Martin Luther King Jr. when he was arrested for a non-violent demonstration for racial equality in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. It is a fascinating and inspiring letter filled with courage and truth directed to those who needed to hear it. While the struggle for racial […]

Goodbye Pope Benedict

Goodbye Pope Benedict, it’s been a rough 7 years. While more people around the world have fled the Catholic Church under your reign than any other, it’s also true that those whom have remained have stayed true to their consciences, not the dogma that you proclaimed ceaseless. We still cry out for a church that […]