Humble thoughts on ‘Gay Pride’

As someone who struggled with sexual self-identity as a teenager, I can empathize with the bullying and the feelings of not fitting in experienced by the LGBTQ(IA+)* community. And so, I’d like to humbly share some thoughts during “Gay Pride Month.” First and foremost . . .

God loves gays
The late Fred Phelps was best known for his appearance at gay pride events with his signs “God Hates Fags.” Each time I saw him and his followers on the news brandishing picket signs and shouting hatred, my heart broke. He had apparently missed the Bible study that included 1 John 4:7-10!

“Coming out” My sexual identity crisis
After being called a “queer” for playing with girls (let the record show, I never played with dolls) and choosing a writing career that is populated by 90 percent females, I went through a time of wondering Am I gay? I don’t feel any attraction to guys, but why don’t I like manly activities?!

LGBTQ(IA+) and B-I-B-L-E
It’s an issue, that as a follower of Jesus, I want to to address with truth and grace. I’m not here to judge either side.

It’s about obedience, not ‘orientation’
In my humble opinion, most conservative churches have it wrong in their response to LGBTQ(IA+) issues. So, here are my two suggestions for the church.

Why be bent out of shape by LGBTQ(IA+)?
Why does God—and many of those who profess to follow Him—seem so bent out of shape about homosexual behavior? Here’s my theory for your consideration.

Posting with love, truth and grace
It’s an issue, that as a follower of Jesus, I want to to address with truth and grace. I’m not here to judge either side.

Photo: Eduardo Pastor

* The LGBTQ(IA+) acronym has grown over the years beginning with simply LGBT. It now includes Lesbian a female attracted to female; Gay a male attracted to male, but can be a generic term for all orientations; Bisexual one attracted to both sexes; Trans a person identifying as different gender from biological sex; Queer once an insulting slur, it can now mean homosexuality in general; Intersex a person with a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t fit the “binary” classification female or male; Asexual one who is neither attracted to male nor female and + one with other types of non-typical orientations.

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