Susan Cottrell of Austin, Texas, is a reformed Evangelical Christian. When one of her daughters came out as a lesbian and another came out as bisexual, she and her husband, Robert, knew that their love for them was stronger than any church teaching them to "love the sinner, hate the sin."
Susan runs a blog at www.freedhearts.com where she writes about her experiences and tries to help other parents who find conflict with their Christian beliefs and that of accepting LGBTQ people.
What happens when a lesbian breaks down outside of a karaoke club and comes out to her fundamental evangelical friend, telling him how she was thrown out of her church and home?
In “The Cross in the Closet,” author Timothy Kurek describes his journey from condemning his friend to becoming accepting of all LGBT people. The process included his “becoming gay” for a year (or rather pretending to be gay) and really coming out to his family, friends and church.
Since “The Cross in the Closet” was published earlier this month, Kurek’s experiment has garnered interviews on CNN, MSNBC, ABC’s “The View,” Fox News Radio and more.
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee has organized a Chick-fil-A “buy-cott” for Wednesday, Aug.1 after he became “incensed at the vitriolic assaults” on the Atlanta-based fast food chain in the wake of company COO Dan Cathy's comments on same-sex marriage.
Cathy, son of the company's founder Truett Cathy, told the Baptist Press in a recent interview that the company was “guilty as charged” in its opposition to same-sex marriages.
“We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy is quoted as saying. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
Jennifer Knapp, who won a Dove Award for Christian music before coming out as a lesbian in 2010, performs her folk-rock tunes Thursday at The Village church in Hapeville, Ga.
Knapp came out publicly before the 2010 release of "Letting Go," her first album in nine years, which had included a seven-year hiatus in Australia.
"I was just living my life in Australia considering who I was before God. It’s been helpful for me to take that time to become confident in who I am," Knapp told GA Voice in 2010.
"One of the biggest problems for (the fundamentalist Christian community) is that I’m unapologetic," Knapp said. "I think that they would be fine if I just admitted that I had homosexual feelings as opposed to the fact that I’m saying 'Yes, I’m a homosexual and I still have my faith.'… I don’t and won’t justify myself or my faith."