LGBTQ and Toxic Christianity

Ken Wilson and I, a Christian pastor and a gay atheist respectively, are having conversations about how to heal Christianity and save the lives of queer people.

Does that sound audacious? Hear me out!

I just published the introduction to a series of articles I intend to turn into a book addressed to Christian pastors and lay leaders— to Evangelicals, Catholics, mainline Protestants, and Mormons.

I don’t intend to radically alter my challenging voice. I’m angry, and I want people to know that. But I also want people to feel the love I had for the faith of my childhood and to taste the devastation its loss meant to me.

I intend to fully leverage cold reason, hot emotion, and lived truth to change hearts and minds — and to move Christian discourse.

Yes, I suppose that’s audacious.

I’m audacious because I care for and love LGBTQ youth at risk. Because I was so at risk myself as a teenager. I tried to kill myself. Twice. I’ve never admitted that before.

This is my story. This is the introduction to my book. Help me share?

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

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