In Queerness and In Faith

From Programs & Faculty Manager Dominic Green
One thing that I’ve been thinking a lot about and have been having several conversations on is the intersection of faith and sexual orientation. Some of us may have heard or seen the story on our social media feeds about a young teen in Lincoln who was active in his church and felt comfortable enough to wear a LGTBQIA2S+ affirming shirt to a church rehearsal. Unfortunately, he faced some very negative comments from people who he thought were his faith family.
As a pastor’s son and leader in my own church congregation who also is gay and in a loving and committed relationship this is always hard for me to hear. I’ve never had people in churches that I’ve attended say anything derogatory about me to my face. However, I have had people unknowingly make derogatory remarks about people in the LGTBQIA2S+ community to me, without realizing that I’m a part of that community.
I feel that religion, but specifically the Christian faith since that is what I am most familiar with, needs to do a better job of becoming the loving church so many people preach. Do not get me wrong there are many denominations and individual church congregations that have taken steps and large strides forwards towards being and becoming affirming churches. The work is still there to do though, so that people who are at the cross section of being religious and queer don’t have to pick one part of themselves to live but can live their full authentic selves all the time and stop hiding one side from the other. We are to love one another and that should be the most important thing as we live our lives.
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