Melissa Carter: Mainstream churches are big bullies

Have you ever thought of Sunday morning sermons that demonize the gay community as bullying? I had not until the other night. When I think of bullies, the image of kids at school often comes to mind: the ove...

Melissa Carter: Rape is not a four letter word

I was riding back from an event with a friend when the topic of Jameis Winston came up. He is Florida State’s quarterback who was recently caught stealing crab legs from a grocery store in Tallahassee. The vide...

Melissa Carter: We’re having a baby, y’all

Katie Jo and I are having a baby. It’s taken me six years to be able to write that sentence, and it still doesn’t seem real. But I am honored and humbled to say our child is due to arrive on October 7. This ...

Melissa Carter: Celebrating a middle-age milestone

I recently celebrated my 44th birthday. As a woman who has never been self-conscious about her age, I celebrate each birthday with as much enthusiasm as the previous one. However, I believe I am in the minority...

Melissa Carter: A moment in time that lasts forever

Last Friday during lunch, I could be found sitting in the back of a church. Not being Catholic, I wasn't sure what I was supposed to do during the service at The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception nea...