Resources

– RESOURCES –

A couple of resources on our website and elsewhere that might be helpful to you include:

On Our Website:

For First Time Traditional Christian Readers/Researchers on the Topic:

  • If I Told You – Vol 1 (2007) and Vol. 2 (2010) – real and honest stories from those experiencing same-sex attraction in a conservative Christian college environment (2007)
  • Through My Eyes DVD – stories from LGBT Christians describing their relationship with God and the process of struggle in reconciling their faith and sexual orientation
  • Love is an Orientation: Andrew Marin – After three of his best friends (all Christians) came out to him within three months, Marin had to wrestle with difficult questions regarding sexual identity and Christianity.  In this book, he shares about his bridge-building ministry between the LGBT community and the Church, his incarnational presence in the largest gay neighborhood in the country, and he addresses tension-filled questions with grace and new insight
  • Washed and Waiting: Wesley Hill – As a celibate gay Christian, Hill provides a glimpse of what it looks like to wrestle firsthand with God’s ‘No’ to same-sex relationships. What does it mean for gay Christians to live faithful to God while struggling with the challenge of their homosexuality? What is God’s will for believers who experience same-sex desires?  This book gives good perspective on the struggles that celibate gay Christians have, and pushes the audience to consider how the Church ought to respond.
  • GCN – The Great Debate – two articles that present differing perspectives.  Side A – God blesses monogamous same-sex relationships and Side B – God does not bless same-sex sexual relationships.  Both articles present the popular arguments and respond to the Scriptures that mention homosexuality.  Read both articles.
  • Blogs
    • Love Is An Orientation – blog for the Marin Foundation, an organization dedicated to building bridges between the LGBT and evangelical Christian communities
    • Bridging The Gap – blog for New Direction Ministries, a Canada based organization whose mission is to nurture safe and spacious places for those outside the heterosexual main-stream to explore and grow in faith in Jesus Christ.
    • This Blog – Specifically, see these pivotal posts, if you haven’t already:
LGBTQ Resources – Created For/By Christians (Varying Perspectives):
  • The Marin Foundation – Bridge-building organization (works between the church and the LGBT community); website contains a fantastic list of resources and articles
  • Institute for the Study of Sexual Identity – Research based institute at Regent University that addresses the challenges and difficulties for those facing the hard work of reconciling their faith and sexual orientation from a psychological perspective.
  • New Direction – Canada based organization whose mission is to nurture safe and spacious places for those outside the heterosexual main-stream to explore and grow in faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Gay Christian Network – a nonprofit ministry supporting Christians worldwide who happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT); provides an online chat/support community, podcasts on LGBT/Christian topics, annual conference, and open, safe discussions on how to honor God with homosexual orientation (monogomous relationships vs. celibacy)
  • Evangelicals Concerned – works to provide safe and comfortable places for men and women to reconcile their Christian faith with their sexuality; offers a mentorship program for Christians in the LGBT community
  • The Reformation Project – a Bible-based, Christian non-profit organization that seeks to reform church teaching on sexual orientation and gender identity.
LGBT Advocacy/Awareness/Support Organizations:
  • Give A Damn Campaign – Advocacy and support for LGBTQ community
  • GLSEN (pronounced Glisten) – Advocacy and support for LGBTQ; initiatives include the very popular Day of Silence and GSA’s (Gay/Straight Alliances) in schools to provide support for youth combating bullying
  • GLAAD – Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation
  • The Trevor Project – Works towards prevention of LGBTQ teenage suicides; originators of the “It Gets Better Campaign”
  • PFLAG – Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays; support and advocacy group
  • The Advocate – national gay and lesbian newsmagazine
  • Human Rights Campaign – organization working for LGBTQ Equal Rights

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Hard Face, Soft Heart

During my third-grade year, Cabbage Patch Kid fever swept the country. Little girls (mainly) couldn’t get enough of these dolls with their hard faces and soft bodies. Each doll came with an official birth certificate with a name, and date and time of birth—details you could only discover when you purchased the doll and opened the package.

I remember when they released the first little boy Cabbage Patch Kid. I met him on a shelf at Kmart. He had curly, blond hair and (literally) rosy cheeks. He wore light brown overalls fringed with red. I didn’t know his name, but I had to have him.

In those days, Kmart had a layaway program—a bulwark against instant gratification. Basically, such a program allowed a person to set aside something they wanted to buy until they had sufficient funds to make the purchase. So, my eight-year old self marched the doll to the layaway department at the back of the store. And there he sat and waited for five months as I did extra chores for my parents and grandparents. With each window I cleaned, each floor I swept, each leaf I raked, I inched closer to him.

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