The New York Times has recently posted a lovely video op-ed of a gay couple, Santi and Austin, students at the evangelical Christian school, Point Loma Nazarene. Don’t miss it! You can view it at this link.
Queerology was started by Matthias Roberts to help “LGBTQ people of faith understand they’re not alone so they can live confident and fulfilling lives.” The site features podcasts interviews of LGBTQ people of faith. Matthias also blogs and has a video channel on YouTube. He earned a Master’s degree in Theology and Culture and is currently completing a second Master’s in Counseling Psychology. In the video below, he talks about Brené Brown and the reality that we will sometimes make people uncomfortable.
Irshad Manji is a Canadian Muslim who was born in Kampala, Uganda to an Indian father and Egyptian mother. She is an author and speaker seeking to restore Islam to its principles of justice. But she also hopes to invite all people into a movement through her Moral Courage Project. Manji married her partner, Laura Albano in 2016. In the video below she speaks on moving from polarization to conversation.
See also this interview with Voice of America about Islam. She states: “Faith is secure enough to handle questions. Faith never needs to be threatened by questions. Dogma, on the other hand, is always threatened by questions.”
Filmmaker Sandi DuBowski describes his documentary Trembling Before G-d as one that “shatters assumptions about faith, sexuality, and religious fundamentalism. Built around intimately-told personal stories of Hasidic and Orthodox Jews who are gay or lesbian, the film portrays a group of people who face a profound dilemma — how to reconcile their passionate love of Judaism and the Divine with the drastic Biblical prohibitions that forbid homosexuality. . . Faiths in the 21st century — Anglicans, Episcopalians, Methodists — are all deeply struggling with gender and sexuality, but with Trembling Before G-d, for the first time, this issue became a live, public debate in Orthodox Jewish circles, and the film was and is both witness and catalyst to this historic moment. What emerged is a loving and fearless testament to faith and survival and the universal struggle to belong.” The filmmakers hope the movie will spark of movement of positive change.
Trey Pearson was a popular Christian music artist when he came out. In this video he is interviewed by The View:
Melissa “Malky” Weisz grew up in a New York Hasidic family. She talks about coming to terms with the reality of being a gay woman.
Clay Cane has written a compelling memoir, Live Through This: Surviving the Intersections of Sexuality, God, and Race. An article from Vibe states, “The book is compiled of 27 separate essays dealing with Clay’s experience coming into his own as a young gay man of color growing up with limited resources in Washington state and Philadelphia. In efforts to highlight some of his most life altering vignettes, he divides the book up into one-word sections—Sexuality, Love, Race, God, Intersections—that target different facets of his existence and form part of his story. But this isn’t just a story about Cane. Within the collection of stories, he interpolates all types of issues that affect the LGBT community and marginalized communities as a whole.”
Watch this video clip of Clay discussing his book: