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I created this blog because I'm tired of Queer Christians living in the shadows. We have nothing to be ashamed of. I'm sick and tired of people abusing our community. I'm doing this because there is a need for one go to place for LGBT Christians. Its extreamly hard to find resources for us (especially youth). Please, lets come together and make this a success
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Dr. Robert Spitzer, the author of a 2003 study claiming gays could be “cured” through reparative therapy. Now nearly 80 years old, Dr. Spitzer has acknowledged that reparative therapy actually harms more than it helps. More. (via gaywrites)
Dear Mr. Ocean, July 5, 2012
Let me begin by saying, first, I am a Born-Again, straight, Christian. It has been a wonderfully fulfilling journey learning of the gracious, generous, and powerful God that I serve. And honestly, I would not trade that journey for any amount of tangible items or distinction here on Earth. I would also be remised if I did not mention that I am a huge fan of yours. And I am actually attending your concert on July 19th in Austin. Needless to say I am quite excited. Now, on to more pressing matters.
I remember reading on a blog about the suspicion of your sexuality. Just one day before you released the, now-famous text of your first love, I read about the lyrics of your upcoming album being a bit “suspect” in terms of sexuality. Initially, I dismissed the claims as simple rumor that lacked really hard evidence. However, when you posted the story of your first love, I was quieted. Astonished is an understatement. I had no idea what to think or say. Not to mention, I had just bought tickets for your concert. What do I do now?
You see, Mr. Ocean, I come from a Southern Baptist background. And as you may well know, this particular sect of Christianity is drenched in homophobia. So I have heard every sermon, had every talk, and listened to every word from preachers, pastors, and church-folk more generally, about the abomination of homosexual acts. So, I have encountered an impasse. I love Christ, but I also love your music.
Here is where this letter is so important to me. As a fan of yours, I realize I am small. In fact, I am tiny. There are so many of us. But I know for a fact that many of us are facing this same internal conflict that I am faced with today. So I wanted to write this letter to tell you exactly where I stand. I’ll consider this, my “coming out” letter.
I fully support you. I believe that the honesty and courage that you have displayed throughout this entire ordeal is inspirational. Your story, which was beautifully and eloquently written, is one that accentuated your artistic ability as well as the struggle that you went through personally. From what I have read, you are not a really open, talkative, person. In fact, based on a myriad of articles and interviews, I take you to be one an introspective soul that has stories that must be told through music and storytelling. Because of your relatively quiet nature, the fact that you shared such an intimate part of yourself with a judgmental and ignorant world is admirable. So for that, I say thank you.
Don’t get me wrong; I am still in love Christ from the deepest parts of my soul. I praise and worship him endlessly, but I also realize that the negative stigma placed on you and others is completely unfair and does not display a Christian Love. However, after much meditation, I am resolved that the kind of love that I am attempting to embody is one that is radical and nuanced. A love that supersedes some idealistic, broad, and utterly confining definition of the word, that is the love that I am aiming for.
So this is a form of declaration. One that has been culminating for years, one that does away with the discrimination and the hate that is dealt towards people who just would like to love freely. I realize that this letter will rub many of my fellow Christians the wrong way. It will demonize and ostracize me from many circles and at times it will make me feel low and sadness may overtake me. But, no matter the cost, I must be honest with myself and to others. This traditional, discriminatory kind of “love” must be dealt away with. And Mr. Ocean, I believe that through this discovery, many others and I will in turn become better human beings.
I pray that the hate that is being given to you will not consume you. On the contrary, I hope that it ignites your creativity, that it unlocks your spirit artistically, musically, and in your personal endeavors as well. May God’s gracious blessings be upon you.
Tirhakah (Turr-Ha-Kuh) Love