Yes, it’s a tough question. On the one hand, a small minority of American Christians push back against prevailing Christian anti-LGBTQ teachings that keep enforced stigmatization and oppression center-stage in the political arena.
On the other hand, we have the the problem of the majority “feeling” like victims, even when the only thing oppressed people are asking for is to be left to live in peace without being branding as sinners and scapegoats — and having our civil liberties rolled back in consequence.
For those of us with our necks under the Christian boot, seeing any way out is very difficult indeed.
Speaking of empathy, this is the column I wrote to a 14-year-old gay boy whose family force him to attend an anti-gay church. I hope it strikes a balance.