Gay with Christian Parents?
This is a list of Christian writers, pastors, and leaders, who believe that Jesus loves Gay people and Gay couples.
If you are being mistreated or ignored by Christian parents or Christian community, I recommend introducing them to the differing perspectives within their own religion.
1. Dr. David Gushee - “Changing our Mind”
2. Justin Lee - “Torn”
3. J.R. Daniel Kirk - look him up on YouTube or find his blog
5. Misty Irons - she’s not fully affirming, but she’s a good step forward for most conservatives - her blog is on point (also her key note speech from the Gay Christian Network Conference this past year (2016))
6. Tony and Peggy Campolo - Peggy has been an advocate and ally for years, Tony just became fully affirming (accepting). They are well-respected people
7. Matthew Vines - check out his book, blog, or his organization “The Reformation Project”
8. Dr. Throckmortan - if your parents are hung up on thinking you can change or that you can just become straight, have them check out Dr. Throckmortan’s recent blog posts on the topic. He’s still relatively conservative, but He’s a HUGE leap forward for many conservatives & I highly recommend his writing.
9. Julie Rogers - I highly recommend her blog and her recent writings. She is a lesbian woman who holds strongly to her faith, yet believes the God accepts and affirms gay couples.
10. Organizations: The Gay Christian Network. The Reformation Project. New Directions (Canada). PFLAG. Everyone is Gay.
11. Finally, these are a few people who are teaching a harmful message about the LGBT community - stay away from them - Christopher Yuan, Rosaria Butterfield, and Kegan Wesley (among others)
This list is an abbreviated version of a longer list that I created.
I hope that it comes in handy for anyone who struggles to integrate their faith and sexuality, or for those whose parents use faith to justify treating them badly.
If you need to talk or want me to give you more information or better resources that might address your specific questions or your parents’ specific fears, please feel free to send me a message.