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For most of my life, I’ve been living in two spheres, but I had never been living in them in a manner that was cohesive and authentic. For anyone familiar with trying to be two things at once, you may characterize this as an “identity crisis.” You know the type: that crying in the corner, I’m not sure if I just soiled myself-type of crisis. My fear in finally doing this is that people, on both sides, may not appreciate what they see. And so begins the conversation.

For most of my life, I’ve been living in two spheres, but I had never been living in them in a manner that was cohesive and authentic. For anyone familiar with trying to be two things at once, you may characterize this as an “identity crisis.” You know the type: that crying in the corner, I’m not sure if I just soiled myself-type of crisis. My fear in finally doing this is that people, on both sides, may not appreciate what they see. And so begins the conversation.

I've really screwed this Christian thing up at times. In my genuine attempts to care about people, I have attempted to elevate myself to the level of the very God that I serve. Here's to self-awareness and being something different.

I've really screwed this Christian thing up at times. In my genuine attempts to care about people, I have attempted to elevate myself to the level of the very God that I serve. Here's to self-awareness and being something different.

Rainbows aren’t always associated with ponies, but maybe there's still a chance. Holding on to years of shameful disapproval for my gay identity had paved a dark path in my life. Now, I'm just not sure why it really needed to. On looking at my gay identity and seeing what's worth maintaining and what I would be best to do without.

Rainbows aren’t always associated with ponies, but maybe there's still a chance. Holding on to years of shameful disapproval for my gay identity had paved a dark path in my life. Now, I'm just not sure why it really needed to. On looking at my gay identity and seeing what's worth maintaining and what I would be best to do without.

Being a community of people who profoundly value our newfound equality, will our deeply held respect for marriage encourage heterosexual couples to value marriage more highly? Will our efforts that once fought for marriage equality now be redirected to fight for marriage quality? How does this change the Christian discussion of gay theology?

Being a community of people who profoundly value our newfound equality, will our deeply held respect for marriage encourage heterosexual couples to value marriage more highly? Will our efforts that once fought for marriage equality now be redirected to fight for marriage quality? How does this change the Christian discussion of gay theology?

Whether you are from the LGBTQ, Christian or other communities, we have a duty to celebrate and encourage the good in the communities we identify with. When we celebrate the good, we encourage the good. We foster environments in our communities that seek to produce more positive impact in our world.

Do The Size of Your Haboobs Really Matter?

We gays are not always sure what we're challenging when we ask for inclusion from Christ-followers. Here are some questions to consider for gays who hope to find a meaningful identity in the Christian community.

5 Questions for Inclusion-bound Gays

Learning how to talk about gay theology is the first step in connecting the Church and gay communities. A humble pastor showed me that this connection was possible.

The Catahoula Hotel is a 35 room boutique hotel in the heart of downtown New Orleans. Offering daily artisanal coffee, craft cocktails, and a cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Simple understandings can hygienically destroy a restroom, they can estrange people from finding help, they can disconnect us from the people who need us and they can disconnect us from people we need.

Boogers and Blessings: Part One

Simple understandings can hygienically destroy a restroom, they can estrange people from finding help, they can disconnect us from the people who need us and they can disconnect us from people we need.

Boogers and Blessings: Part Two

See, they maintain the position of sexuality that asks celibacy of gay individuals, but they’ve come so intimately familiar with the gay/Christian dilemma because of my life. Their sensitivity and heart for gay issues has dramatically grown. They’ve deeply sought to understand my life and they continue to love me as if nothing had changed.

See, they maintain the position of sexuality that asks celibacy of gay individuals, but they’ve come so intimately familiar with the gay/Christian dilemma because of my life. Their sensitivity and heart for gay issues has dramatically grown. They’ve deeply sought to understand my life and they continue to love me as if nothing had changed.

This week, I'm engaging a bit of a different perspective on the blog: An example of a non-affirming Christian who, through her book, Chasing Happy, is attempting to engage the gay and Christian communities from a Christian perspective.

This week, I'm engaging a bit of a different perspective on the blog: An example of a non-affirming Christian who, through her book, Chasing Happy, is attempting to engage the gay and Christian communities from a Christian perspective.

Growing up, we somehow believe that "fitting in" is what leads to our success in life. However, as they get older, the lucky few recognize the paradox of life: The people on the outside are often the influencers. This week, I had the pleasure of dropping by the Board Blazers blog to speak to The Outcast.

Growing up, we somehow believe that "fitting in" is what leads to our success in life. However, as they get older, the lucky few recognize the paradox of life: The people on the outside are often the influencers. This week, I had the pleasure of dropping by the Board Blazers blog to speak to The Outcast.

Coming out of the closet meant giving up control of my comfortable life. I'm just not sure that control was ever doing me any good in the first place. Maybe Gays and Christians can have a better dialog if we had less of the need for control driving our discourse.

Coming out of the closet meant giving up control of my comfortable life.

It is so important that we do away with caveats when it comes to loving those around us. Caveats mean we put our own spin on who is worthy of God’s love and who isn’t. That spin is usually defined by who we are more than who God is. Our own lenses are faulty no matter how perfect we think they are.

It is so important that we do away with caveats when it comes to loving those around us. Caveats mean we put our own spin on who is worthy of God’s love and who isn’t. That spin is usually defined by who we are more than who God is. Our own lenses are faulty no matter how perfect we think they are.

Why does a debate that's notorious for causing disconnection, frustration, and unanswered questions really matter to anyone besides us gay people? After witnessing a healthy dialog on the matter, I think I have some newfound answers.

Really solid article about making decisions to become who we truly want to be.