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.

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