I remember when I was 7 years old, in 1997, when Ellen DeGeneres publicly "came out" on television. At that time in my childhood, I had only understood the term "gay" to mean something derogatory… like something stupid, cheesy, corny, etc. When I heard her say she was gay on T.V. I remember laughing and saying, "She just said she's stupid!"- while my step mom sat there awkwardly not really knowing what to say. Later my dad came home and explained to me what "being gay" meant, how it wasn't right, how it was a sin, etc.
Although I had been unaware of the meaning of the term, I did already know that I was drawn toward other boys instead of girls. I knew that I was gay. And now I knew that it was wrong, it was a sin, I was a sinner…and I shouldn't ever tell anyone.
But oh, how I wish I also would've understood who Jesus was! more >>
Retired NFL coach and the first African-American head coach to win the Super Bowl, Tony Dungy, clarified comments he made several weeks ago stating he wouldn't have drafted openly gay football player Michael Sam after they sparked a media storm Monday. Sam, who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams, has since reacted by saying: "Thank God he wasn't the St. Louis Rams Coach."
"I was asked whether I would have drafted Michael Sam and I answered that I would not have drafted him. I gave my honest answer, which is that I felt drafting him would bring much distraction to the team," noted Dungy in a statement Tuesday.
"What I was asked about was my philosophy of drafting, a philosophy that was developed over the years, which was to minimize distractions for my teams. I do not believe Michael's sexual orientation will be a distraction to his teammates or his organization," he said. more >>
An ex-gay ministry group has released a documentary comprised of interviews with individuals who identify as having formerly struggled with same-sex attraction.
Mastering Life Ministries announced last week the release of "Such Were Some of You," a documentary featuring interviews with 29 people who describe themselves as "former homosexuals."
David Kyle Foster, founder and director of Mastering Life Ministries, told The Christian Post that "Such Were Some of You" was made because his organization "wants people to know that Jesus Christ can transform anyone's life, including homosexuals, and we want them to know how He does it." more >>
President Barack Obama's LGBT workplace discrimination order has revealed a rift among Democrats over whether religious freedom trumps gay rights. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives could exploit that rift by bringing the Senate-passed Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which has a religious exemption, to the floor for a vote.
ENDA, which would ban workplace discrimination based upon sexual orientation and gender identity, was passed by the Senate in November with the support of 54 Democrats and 10 Republicans.
The bill likely would not have passed if it had not contained a religious exemption. The exemption was a major point of contention during the debate over the bill. Some liberal groups complained that there should be no religious exemption. Some conservative groups complained that the exemption was not strong enough. more >>
A Colorado baker who was found guilty of discrimination for not baking a wedding cake for a same-sex couple is appealing the decision.
Jake Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop hopes to win at the appellate level after being told that he must serve gay couples wedding cakes and take a diversity course.
Phillips is being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, who filed the appeal in the Colorado Court of Appeals last Wednesday. more >>
Singer and entertainer Demi Lovato has told her more than 23 million followers on Twitter that the God she worships and believes in, loves and accepts those in the LGBT community.
"The LOVING God that I believe in, would never condemn anyone for loving another human of the same sex. That's just what I believe and everyone is entitled to their own beliefs." wrote Lovato.
Lovato also recalled learning about the unconditional nature of God's love as a child and explained how it currently impacted her own morals and ethics. more >>