Ken, it would be almost impossible to overstate this point. Given my almost-daily interaction with LGBTQ youth in my capacity as an advice columnist and mentor, I can attest that internalized homophobia and transphobia do great harm to many people, and that churches like Hillsong are responsible for a great deal of it. They make rejection palatable and polite. In doing so, they make it feel more reasonable and true to vulnerable people.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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