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To gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people
by Diane Vera
Copyright © 2003 by Diane Vera. All rights reserved.
These days, there are quite a few otherwise conservative gay Christians who claim that the Bible doesn't really condemn homosexuality after all. Their arguments, valid or not, may serve useful purposes, e.g. for lesbians and gay men with fundamentalist or evangelical Christian parents. But I think it very unlikely that the majority of hardcore Christians will be convinced anytime soon.
Obviously, life would be much simpler for all GLBT people, including Christians, if there weren't quite so many hardcore Christians.
Below are links to resources on the following topics:
- Pro-gay Christian interpretations of the Bible
- Anti-gay Christian rebuttals of pro-Gay Bible interpretations
- Pro-transgender Christian interpretations of the Bible
- Anti-GLBT prejudice hurts!
- Advice on coming out
- The GLBT community
- Keeping an eye on our enemies (and our friends)
- Pro-gay Christian interpretations of the Bible
- The Dangers of Fundamentalist Extremism in Christianity on Anitra's Home Page, including:
- The Bible and Homosexuality on Steps to Recovery from Bible Abuse. See especially The Six Bible Passages Used to Condemn Homosexualis.
- What Was the Sin of Sodom? and I Cor 6:9 and Tim 1:9-10 Greek Study on gaychristians.org/.
- Can you be gay and a Christian? on Ken and Jim's Place. See especially Homosexuality and the Bible.
- Homosexuality and the Bible Resources on Rainbow Baptists. See also LGBT Christian Resources.
- The Bible and Homosexuality on the Human Rights Campaign site.
- homosexualty and the Bible by Dr Walter Wink on ChristianAdvice.net
- Does the Bible NOT Oppose Homosexuality? on PBS Online.
- WWJD: Jesus on Anti-gay Slurs on the Independent Gay Forum site.
See also the lists of organizations, books, and other resources at the end of Faith In Our Families on the website of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) (recently re-named "Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Persons"). Incidentally, if you happen to be in process of coming out to your parents and friends, you may find some of PGLAG's other literature to be quite helpful too,
Anti-gay Christian rebuttals of pro-Gay Bible interpretations
- Homosexuality: A Christian Perspective on Executable Outlines
- What Does the Bible REALLY Say About Homosexual Issues? on Stonewall Revisited
- The Bible and Homosexual Behavior on Eagles' Wings Ministry
- Homosexuality: A Biblical Analysis on Reformed Online Library
- The Blasphemy of ‘Gay Christians’, so-called on Bible Theology Ministries
- homosexualty and the Bible by Dr Ulrich W Mauser on ChristianAdvice.net
See also this commentary by a Canadian atheist: The Strange Universe of the Homosexual Christian on Living Without Religion. (Note the difference between Canadian and U.S. perspectives. Here in America, alas, the Church is not about to "wither away" as author David Rand suggests.)
Pro-transgender Christian interpretations of the Bible
- What Does the Bible REALLY Say about Transsexualism?
- Biblical passages affirming Eunuchs, the old world transgendered on the Transcendance Gospel Choir site.
- Jesus and Male and Female on A Christian Resource for the Transgendered.
Surprisingly, a quick Internet search (as of January 2003) did not turn up any anti-transgender Christian rebuttals of pro-transgender Christian interpretations of the Bible. I'm not sure what this means. I doubt it means that transgender people have a much easier road to acceptance than gay men and lesbians.
Anti-GLBT prejudice hurts!
It would seem obvious that anti-GLBT prejudice is harmful to GLBT people. But hardcore Christians -- including conservative Catholics, as well as fundy Protestants -- have an amazing talent for denying the obvious.
See, for example, the Catholic World News article Gay Suicide Rates Falsely Blamed On Bias By Study Author. This article claims that the high suicide rate among gay teens can't really be caused by "anti-gay harassment," because "the study was done in cities where homosexuality is not only condoned but widely endorsed, and often promoted by civic authorities."
Not a valid argument. Even in cities with a politically powerful gay community, such as New York (where I live), there is still a lot of anti-gay prejudice among the less-educated and among immigrants. So, anti-gay harassment still does occur a-plenty -- especially among teenagers and children, who, to begin with, have a natural tendency to be nasty to anyone who is different in any way. In addition, some young gays are still rejected by their families.
Sometime later, I'll dig up and post here some links to studies documenting these unfortunate realities.
Anyhow, though quite a few Catholics disagree, the Catholic hierarchy persists in condemning homosexuality and the gay rights movement -- even in nice, largely post-Christian places like Australia. See, for example, Another Unembarrassed Ignoramus by Jack Nichols.
Advice on coming out
If you can come out to your parents and friends, that in itself is one of the most important things you can do to help combat anti-gay prejudice -- and, thereby, to help strengthen the opposition to the Christian religious right wing, Public opinion polls show that people who know someone who is gay or lesbian are more likely to support equal rights for all gay and lesbian people.. Nevertheless, of course, it's your right to decide whether and when to come out. To that end, the first-listed site contains advice on how to stay in the closet as well as on how to begin coming out.
- Closet cases -- advice on how to stay in the closet (if one so chooses) or to begin coming out
- Coming out on the Human Rights Campaign site
- How do I come out? on Queer Today
- The Cool Page For Queer Teens, including A Note to Parents and this page of information
- Coming out stories on Being Gay is OK (UK)
- Coming Out as Transgendered
- Be Yourself: Questions and Answers for Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Youth, from Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Inc., on the website of Queer Resources Directory
- Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) (recently re-named "Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Persons"). You may find it helpful to refer your parents and friends to this group and its literature.
- PFLAG-Talk, including a Database of PFLAG Chapters
- Read This Before Coming Out To Your Parents - online copy of a PFLAG brochure
- ...But We Don't Talk about It" on the Independent Gay Forum site.
- Coming out on AllZone -- list of resources
- Coming out on rainbowquery.com -- list of resources
- Charlie's Gay Resources Page
The GLBT community
Listings of places to make new friends and find support:
- Queer Resources Directory
- Queer America
- Gay Canada
- National Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Centers
Keeping an eye on our enemies (and our friends)
News and information about the religious right wing and the gay rights movement's efforts to oppose it:
- News and Issues on 365gay.com
- Out in America -- includes local news for many U.S. cities
- The Radical Religious Right and Politics, Political News, and Activism on the Queer Resources Directory (QRD) site. Lots of links to good source material, though not very up-to-date.
- Religious Right on the website of the Independent Gay Forum (a relatively conservative gay rights organization).
- News + Views and Library + Publications on the website of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF). See also NGLTF's Fight the Right Action Kit on the QRD site.
- HRC Press Room and Issues and Legislation on the Human Rights Campaign site
- Eye on the Media on the website of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
- The Advocate
See also my page of information about the religious right wing, here on this site.