by C. Ann Shepherd – 1. Even though current research indicates that sexual orientation is fixed and unchangeable, some still insist that homosexuals could change if they wanted to. Could you change your sexual orientation on demand? Would you want to? Why or why not?
by Shea Serrano – Odd as it seems, men can lactate. Stories include a sailor who put his son to his breast to quiet him and started producing milk; a South American peasant who sustained his child with his own breast milk during his wife’s illness; and a Chippewa man who put his infant to his breast following the death of his wife and produced enough milk to rear the child.
“Coming out of the closet” (very often shortened to “coming out” in winking reference to the public introduction of debutantes) describes the voluntary public announcement of one’s (often homosexual or bisexual) sexual orientation, sexual attractions, gender identity, or paraphilia.
by John Dooley – Historically, Native American Tribes Thought Gays Were Great! Historians say gay and lesbian Two-Spirits have existed in nearly every aboriginal culture, including virtually all North American aboriginal tribes. Two-Spirits were the trendsetters, the songwriters, the vanguard ambassadors to other cultures. Because they were considered to have a spiritual “foot in two worlds,” Two-Spirits presided over conflict resolutions, acted as couples’ counselors, and were prized as the best of shamans.
by Anita Cadonau-Huseby – Iâ€™ve been telling you for the last week that I donâ€™t believe in the concept of eternal damnation, fire and brimstone, or that anyone will spend all eternity in perpetual time-out for their sins, so now seems a good time to take that a little further as to how believing all that impacts how I believe about sin, salvation, and Jesus as Savior.
by Anita Cadonau-Huseby – Iâ€™ve come to a place in my life of faith, my relationship with God, and my deepening understanding of grace that I no longer am able to believe that anyone will ever be consigned to the suffering of eternal punishment and banishment from the presence of God. While it seems reasonable to me that there would be a time and place for divine purification and correction there must in my heart and mind ultimately come a time when the soul of every man, woman, and child will be re-united with their Creator.
by Anita Cadonau-Huseby – I’m not about to say that hell doesn’t exist, neither am I saying I believe it does. The fact is that hell, as a locale, can no more be denied than it can be proven since despite all the theological arguments made for or against such a place, certitude on the matter is outside the grasp of all of us until the moment of our death. Until then all we can do is abandon ourselves to our faith and in what we believe – whether it’s traditional church teaching on the matter or personal belief.
by Rick James – Why do gay people feel the need to wear things like that? Straight people donâ€™t. The truth is, straight people do self-identify on a regular, daily basis; perhaps not with bracelets and the like (although itâ€™s not unheard of), but in many, if not all aspects of life. Consider this: when a straight couple walks down the street holding hands, they are self-identifying. When a couple gives a peck on the cheek or lips in a public place, they are self-identifying.
by Wayne Besen – Coretta Scott King was a wonderful soul of love and empathy who will be mourned by millions of people. She was the King who was a queen, because she understood her husband’s “dream” was much greater than achieving liberty for one narrow slice of the population. “For many years now, I have been an outspoken supporter of civil and human rights for gay and lesbian people,” Coretta Scott King said at the 25th anniversary luncheon for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.
by Brother Lawrence Damien – The idea of surrogates is a biblical concept. Surrogacy was used to ensure that a barren woman could have children that would be counted as hers and her husband’s. Levirate marriage is similar to surrogacy in that it provided an heir to a man who had died without one. So how does this apply to us in the 21st century? More specifically, how does it apply to gay couples who are unable to have children of their own with their partner but still desire to have and raise children?
by Rev John W Brown – In the last few weeks there have been a rash of young men who have committed suicide because of being bullied for being gay. So what has happened to them? Are they in hell because they took their own life? Is it possible they could be in heaven? Could it be God saw their hearts, knew exactly why they killed themselves and forgave them? What about those who drove these young men to take their lives? What does God think of them?
by Wayne Besen – Gay men are limp-wristed and may have a Queen Gene, according to a controversial segment on CBS’s 60 Minutes, “The Science of Sexual Orientation.” The show suggests that gay men are prissy and prance and wear lavender pants while they lisp and dance. Which can certainly be true, in some cases, but is this just crass stereotyping masquerading as science? The segment featured two sets of twins. The fist pair – Adam and Jared – was nine years old. Jared was tough as nails and had a collection of G.I. Joes, while Adam painted his nails and dreamt of pantyhose.
In 1958, Mildred Jeter, a black woman legally married Richard Loving, a white man in the District of Columbia. They returned to their home in Virginia. Under a Virginia law enacted in 1662, blacks and whites were prohibited from marrying. In 1967, in the case of Loving v. Virginia, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down miscegenation laws that prohibited blacks and whites from marrying as a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause.
by Wayne Besen – University lecturers left their classrooms this week to lecture Focus on the Family’s James Dobson to tell him he has no class. The tenured were teed off and staged a revolt because they were revolted by how Dobson had perverted their work in TIME magazine. In a Time magazine guest column criticizing Mary Cheney, Dobson justified his trashing of gay families by citing the work of renowned researchers. But instead of allowing their work to be distorted, the scholars hollered and told Dobson to stop lying for the Lord.
by Wayne Besen – Famed psychiatrist says Focus on the Family has chronically exaggerated his scientific data from a 2001 study to support their anti-gay political agenda. “The gay person who is thinking about entering some kind of program to change should know that the likelihood of success is quite small. And, of course, Focus on the Family does not say that,” said Dr. Robert Spitzer, a professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, in an exclusive video interview with Truth Wins Out.
by Wayne Besen – Ex-gay groups notoriously pressure gay people into heterosexual marriage by parading happy wedding photos. Unfortunately, they never show people the divorce papers, which paint a more realistic picture of these doomed marriages. Ex-gay groups often have little regard for the spouses and children and treat them as collateral damage in their their zeal to prove that you can pray away the gay.
by Scott (Ellie) White – I don’t think they could begin to understand how “love the sinner, hate the sin” doesn’t cut it with this community. It’s like saying, sure, we don’t mind dogs, we love dogs – but leave that mongrel outside. All anyone hears is “hate the sinner with this sin.” It’s getting pretty old. I’m not saying that they have to change their theological stance, but… don’t they have to at least be gracious?
by Archbishop Bruce J. Simpson – I have once again finished reading an official document issued by the Vatican in Rome that deals with the complex issue of gays in ordained ministry. Not since the document “CONSIDERATIONS REGARDING PROPOSALS TO GIVE LEGAL RECOGNITION TO UNIONS BETWEEN HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS,” issued two summers ago by John Paul II, have I been so absolutely dumbfounded at the total lack of knowledge, understanding, compassion, theological insight and right reason as it relates to the homosexual person exhibited by the Vatican hierarchy.
by Archbishop Bruce J. Simpson – Everywhere I turned today, I read yet again another perversion of Holy Scriptures with a decidedly anti-gay twist. It is an epidemic of ignorance and misplaced righteousness.
by Rev. Tessie Mandeville – When you think about it, there are many coming out stories in the Bible. As a matter of fact, in the beginning, God came out through the heavens, the earth, and all of creation. The children of Israel came out of bondage in Egypt and into the promised land. God came out of a closet of laws and commandments and became flesh, in the person of Jesus.