All posts by Darrell Grizzle

Two people holding hands

Anger and Compassion

“God Hates Fags!” “Matthew Shephard is Burning in Hell!” “No Tears for Queers!” Those were just some of the signs being held aloft by the protesters at this year’s Gay Pride Parade in Atlanta. The protesters had come all the way to Atlanta from their

Statue of Jesus

The Offensive Cross

It started out as a business meeting, but it quickly turned personal when the businessman saw the cross around my neck. I was wearing a brass pendant, the “Peace Cross” – the peace sign with a cross on top of it. It’s the logo of

Boy with partially covered face

Fear and Loathing at the Ex-Gay Conference

Paranoia. That’s the first thing that struck me when I got my registration letter from Focus on the Family for Love Won Out — their “dynamic one-day conference… promoting the truth that homosexuality is preventable and treatable.” The letter informed me that “for security purposes”

The Capitol, Washington, D.C.

Stem Cells and the Heterosexual Agenda

President-Select George W. Bush’s recent decision to support federal funding for stem cell research has drawn some interesting responses from conservatives in America. Some regard his decision as a betrayal of his pro-life campaign promises, while others are modifying their views so they can stand

Tattooed man praying

Midnight Prayer

Save me, O God, from the temptation to be less than fully human, less than the child of God You created me to be. Save me, O God, from the temptation to view my sexuality as a curse, rather than as a precious Gift with

Dove flying in Lisbon, Portugal

The Labyrinth: A Journey Into Silence

Friday afternoon sunlight streams through the stained glass windows of the cathedral’s Parish Hall. The rustling of the trees outside the windows makes the shadows of color dance on the large canvas that covers the floor. Printed on the canvas is a life-size replica of

Dove flying in Lisbon, Portugal

I am no longer interested

I am no longer interested in your condemnations of me. I am no longer interested in your anger  or your pity  or your guilt trips  or your judgments that my sexuality is wrong or unnatural. I am no longer interested in your clippings about how

Dove flying in Lisbon, Portugal

Hell You Say

When I was a young Baptist, going to high school in the late 1970s, “secular humanism” was the big thing for evangelicals to rage against and to fear. Long before Tim LaHaye struck it rich with his best-selling Left Behind novels about the Rapture, he

Dove flying in Lisbon, Portugal

Journey of Faith, Journey of Acceptance

The chapel service, like many Pentecostal services in the early 1980s, was well orchestrated, modeled after the talk show format of The PTL Club. The shiny blonde worship leader, a grad student in the school of theology, led one praise chorus after another, accompanied by