So, there was this list.
Christian Piatt decided that instead of picking the 25 Christian blogs everyone should read, he would put it up to a vote (Piatt, to his credit, regretted doing so). Personally, I’ve had no problem with the process of the list. Actually, I think it was good that it happened as it highlight the lack of diversity of readership by the white progressive audience that follows Christian Piatt.
On the other hand, it is just a blog. Just a list. Sort of fun. And I’ll admit, I was even up there rooting for my own to get into the top 25 but, sigh. It did not. I understand the injustice of it and was also a bit annoyed at the list’s Straight White uniformity (w/ the exception of Christena Cleveland)
Speaking of which, Christena Cleveland noted that she was the only person of color represented on the list and announced that she would make her own list, one that included 25 bloggers written by people of color that everyone should read. Now, I must say. I really, really like Christena. I have what you might call a “blog crush” on her. When she publishes, I read, because I believe in what she is doing and I am so, so happy that her words are having such an effect.
This admiration, however, may have been part of the reason I was so very disappointed with what she posted the next day. The list includes phenomenal voices (one my former pastor and current hero), but, sadly, she also included a voice that I would argue should not be read. A voice that I would argue has all-but set fire to whatever credibility he previously had.
Thabiti Anyabwile wrote a piece that chimed with the rhetoric of ethnic cleansers. I won’t dive into it, but it had to do with gay sex, a gag-reflex, and how nausea is somehow the way the Holy Spirit is telling us its wrong. He told Christians that this is the way they should fight against gay marriage, by telling people how grossed out they are by gay people. Literally. He called on Christians to bully gays. Let that sink in.
In any case, after a bit of twitter rage on my part yesterday, a couple followers suggested I, y’know, be proactive and put together a list myself! As much as I hate the way this looks so tit-for-tat, I think it’s so terribly important to have. LGBT Christians are often not considered legitimate Christians, even by some stragglers in progressive circles. It’s tragic and frustrating and needs to be addressed.
So here you go. 25 Christian LGBTQ voices I read and you should too.
Justin Lee wrote what many have called “THE must read” book for those trying to understand the culture war raging on inside the church. The stories he presents from his experiences in ex gay therapy, Christian college, and his life in the last several years reaffirm his belief that our “stories are more powerful than our arguments.” You see the devoted man of faith more than the gay Christian man. He transcends it all, and provides the most detailed and important way forward. His blog is required reading.
Kimberly Knight is so fantastic. Easily one of my favorite bloggers. She writes about her life as a lesbian, chaplain, mother, and isn’t afraid to drop some commentary on current controversial events. Her handling of the Thabiti article was the epitome of grace.
I met Nathan over twitter and have had the chance to speak with him beyond social media circles. Much of what I’ve learned about living authentically has come from his blog. I owe him a great debt.
Brent’s a friend of mine and I have a sneaking suspicion that he’s going to change the world someday. There aren’t many that can write on tough topics with such thoughtful, encouraging, and non-inflammatory words. For a long time, I’ve considered him a leading voice amongst our generation of gay Christians, and he really is.
Wesley wrote a pivotal book called “Washed and Waiting”. The book is part-memoir, part-theological treatise in which he discusses celibacy as a vocational calling for gay Christians. It’s a worthy read (in fact, just the other day, spotted my mom walking off with it to the lake to read on her kayak, again.) While I often disagree with Wesley, there is no doubt that he is a brilliant and intriguing writer. I am wary to ever venture into Biblical arguments with his posts because, honestly, he knows the Bible better than most. No question, he is another must read.
If you want a laugh, read some of Matt (that’s not an insult.) I wish I could write with his sense of humor, but also, with his eloquence. He is a story teller and he doesn’t shy away from the emotional, deep-pain ones that need to see the light of day. The ones that need to meet those who are trying to understand.
Soulforce, founded by Mel White, works to end religious and political oppression of LGBTQ people. A sort of mainstay in the discussion.
I don’t know if I’ve ever admitted this, but I am ignorant to Trans issues. Sometimes, after the fact, I feel a pang of guilt when I use “LGBT” instead of “gay community” because most of the time, I’m not discussing things directly related to the Transgender community. This blog is a must read for anyone who wants to learn more about what it means to be Transgender. Kearns has an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary and is a Priest in the Old Catholic Diocese of New Jersey.
AWH? Seeks to create a safe space where those who have been marginalized by the evangelical community can share their stories and be a voice for equality and justice in the church. This blog is a pillar of much of the conversations occurring today and a non-negotiable read.
Stephen is relatively new on the scene and has been on a bit of a roll lately. This one, on celibacy and the traditional sexual ethic, went viral and gave everyone a much needed, often ignored, look at the realities associated with pressuring celibacy on gay Christians. Without a doubt, a writer to watch.
I smiled when I wrote down HB’s name on this list, because she became an early friend of mine here and has managed to be an encourager, one of solidarity, and one that tempers, well, my temper. Her story is so compelling and her perspective, so fresh.
I’m new to following Eve Tushnet and, again, while I cringe at posts about why she will not go to churches that approve of gay marriage, she has a story and she knows what she’s talking about. I like her style as a writer and her consistency in her arguments.
So there was a time, when I was just beginning to blog, and I got overly-excited about being on Slacktivist Fred’s Christian Quiltblog list. As I was perusing through the list I came across the blog titled “Gay Christian, Very Anxious” and after clicking on it, I saw his subtitle, “I’m most uncomfortable discussing the most intimate parts of my identity: faith and sexuality. So I decided to write about them.” David is a natural. His writing is incredibly well done, and his stories gut-wrenchingly honest. He’s one of my favorites here.
Another blog I’ve picked up in the past year is by Brandon Ambrosino. Much of his work has been published on either the huffington post or the Atlantic and I doubt you didn’t read his piece on being gay at Jerry Falwell’s university. That article alone merits a follow.
Like Nathan, I’ve gotten the chance to talk with Gregg beyond the feed of twitter and in many instances, he has been just the friend I need to hear me out. He writes from the perspective of an Eastern Orthodox Christian and as one who lives in the tension with his Side A friends.
Kevin’s someone you want in your corner. As Emily Maynard, Stephanie Drury and others can attest, the guy is the genuine article. I’ve appreciated reading his work because I know his story and in a very small way, I can relate to how hard it is to re-enter the church after such profound hurt.
I’ve had the pleasure of dialoging with this blogger over email and currently, she is discussing her coming out process. These are the rare moments that I think privileged people can learn the most from. The fear that shouldn’t be.
I love Dr. Carr.
There, I said it.
Having had the pleasure of spending Pride weekend with her, I feel fully confident in telling you that she is fantastic. This is always good to know when you read a blog that is incredibly beautiful and intelligent and you wonder, “is she always this great?” Yes., yes she is.
You know how sometimes you think you know what someone’s All About after a few fleeting moments? That’s what I thought about former Exodus member, Julie Rodgers after seeing her on Lisa Ling’s special. After reluctantly reading her blog, I walked away moved, encouraged, and challenged. You will too.
This online magazine tells the story of Gay Christians at Abiline University in Texas. Incredible. Beautiful. Important.
Whosoever Magazine exists to create a space for LGBT Christians, wounded by the church, to rekindle their relationship with Jesus. It’s quiet beautiful when you think about it. A carefully constructed medium disarming shame and allowing you to explore with peace.
Believe Out Loud empowers Christians to work for LGBT equality. On their site, they include a list of affirming denominations which, as I’ve found, is incredibly important.
Andrew Marin, while not gay himself, authors this blog- except, most of the time, he doesn’t. What he does is clear a space for both Side A and Side B gay Christians to tell their stories. I’ve been honored to be a monthly contributor to that blog.
Another great blog that I found early on. Charlotte is from the UK and has special insight into what it’s like being a lesbian in the church. Her story is one of many, but she manages to articulate oh so eloquently and personally.
I kid you not, I was standing on the sidewalk at the Pride Parade in Chicago and out of nowhere, this guy, came to the rail and hugged me. He recognized me from our correspondence of when he was interning with the Marin Foundation. Ever since I became aware of his blog, I’ve been a big fan.
If you’re looking for information, be sure to check out my LGBT Resources Page
Of course, this only a start, and not perfect and only the blogs I’ve been exposed to. If you have suggestions of new ones, feel offended by any on the list, or just want to say HEY. Join the conversation below.